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Caramelised Fruit Cake

This delicious fruit cake recipe is one I discovered by accident - but it's now our favourite cake recipe. And you can guarantee that, once you've made it, it won't last long! It's really easy to make, too.


Serves 8 (if you're prepared to share!)

110g butter

225g plain flour

100g caster sugar

250g raisins and sultanas

1 rounded teaspoon baking powder

1 egg

150ml milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C (Gas Mark 5). Line a 7 or 8 inch cake tin with greaseproof paper - you only need to line the base.
  2. Sieve the baking powder and flour into a bowl. Take the butter straight from the fridge and grate it (using a cheese grater) into the flour bowl.
  3. Rub the flour and butter together to make breadcrumbs, as though you were making pastry.
  4. Mix in the sugar.
  5. Beat the egg and milk in a cup and mix well with the flour / butter breadcrumbs.
  6. Mix in the fruit and stir well.
  7. Bake the cake for about 45 minutes, until it is nearly cooked. Then turn off the oven and leave the cake to cool completely for several hours. This is what makes the sugar caramelise and gives the fruit cake a delicious toffee flavour.

Time From Cupboard-To-Table

A few hours - but only 10 minutes' preparation time

Notes & Variations on Caramelised Fruit Cake

Try adding some freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon at the sugar stage (about ½ teaspoon of each).

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