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Apricot & Sultana Fruit Cake


It's the month of December and as X'mas is not too far away, I made this Apricot & Sultana Fruit Cake which can be made early  and giveaway as a gift to relatives and friends during this festive season.  This cake keeps well and yummy with a cuppa of plain hot tea for breakfast, tea party or snack.





 



Recipe for Apricot and Sultana Fruit Cake

    Ingredients
    • 13.1/2 oz dried apricot, chopped
    • 9 oz sultanas, chopped
    • 8  Tbsp orange Cointreau
    • 12 oz butter/margarine
    • 5 oz vanilla/caster sugar
    • Zest of 3 oranges
    • Zest of 1.1/2 lemon
    • 6 eggs
    • 6 oz plain flour
    • 3/4 tsp baking powder
    • 6.3/4 oz almond meal
    Method
    1. Combine chopped apricots and sultanas with Cointreau in a bowl and set aside.  You can keep this in the fridge, covered, overnight.
    2. Sift flour with the baking powder, set aside.
    3. Cream butter, sugar, zest till light, creamy and thick.  Add in the eggs one @ a time, mix well after each addition.
    4. Fold sifted flour into the creamed mixture.
    5. Add in the apricot and sultanas mixture in 3 batches, mix well.
    6. Fold in the almond meal in 3 batches, mix well, scraping from the bottom and sides of the mixing bowl.
    7. Spoon cake batter into a lightly greased and paper lined 8 inch round  spring-form cake pan.
    8. Level the surface and make a slight depression in the center, drop the pan on the worktop from a height of  2 inches.
    9. Bake in a preheated oven @ 160 deg C for 40 to 50 mins. till golden brown.  Test with a skewer till it comes out clean.
    10. Remove from oven, let cool in pan before unmoulding onto a wire rack to cool completely.
    11. Wrap up with foil and keep the cake, covered in the refrigerator.
    12. Yield :  Two -  8 inch  round cakes.



Comments

  1. Wow! Very yummy looking, I love fruitcakes because of the fact that they keep well too!

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  2. Looks like a tasty and moist cake!

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  3. Your fruit cake looks so good, makes me inspired to do some as well...

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  4. Hi Cheah, I'm not a fan of butter cakes but I definitely wouldn't mind eating a cake like this cos' of the dried fruits and orange flavour.

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    1. I see, but this cake does not have a very buttery taste because of the dried fruits.

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  5. a festive kind of cake and perfect to giveaway..

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  6. Cheah, I love cake with lots of dried fruits like yours. Looks so delicious and nice clicks too!

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    1. Thank you, Ann, Need to improve on my photography skills!

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  7. Hi Cheah, I can't wait to make this fruitcake, surely delicious! What is almond meal and how can I convert the measurements to grams? Thanks for reply. Pauline

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    1. Hi, Pauline, thanks for visiting. Almond meal is fine grounded almonds. You can go to my blog and at the bottom, right, you can see 'Useful Links', there's a 'Conversion Table' and other tips relating to baking, etc.

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  8. That looks very moist and the colour is beautiful. I have not started baking for Christmas yet. Always a last-minute person!.....*sigh*. Playing too much everyday....hehe

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    1. Yes, too much badminton. Never mind, doing things last minute can be more fun!

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  9. Wow ... a lot of fruits. Can make this for Christmas.

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  10. Hello, I am lee here. Your cake looks tempting & delicious, i will try to make it soon.

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    1. Thank you and please give me some feedback after that!

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  12. Hi Cheah, love your delicious fruit cake, very well baked. The texture look very moist.

    Have a nice week ahead.

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  13. Cheah,
    This is prefect for festive gifts!
    I always Love fruit cakes and yours looks so delish.
    May I know how thick is one cake?
    Thanks:)
    mui..^^

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  14. i think this must be great with cointreau too! I've never baked a fruit cake before!

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    1. It's also the first time I made a fruit cake with Cointreau. You can also opt for Brandy or Rum if you like.

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  15. Cake looks so moist and very tasty.....could you use orange juice instead of Cointreau, as know someone who would love this but doesn't drink alcohol.

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