One of my favourite cake recipes passed down from my Mum is Spiced Fruit Cake.
Spiced Fruit Cake
150 g Marg or Butter
6 level tbsp golden syrup
120g mixed peel
120g chopped stone dates
1/2 pint plus 2 tables milk
1/2 teasp bicarbonate of soda
2 beaten eggs
250g plain flour
1 rounded teasp mixed spice
1 level teasp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp Apricot Jam, melted
Preheat oven to Gas 3, 165C, 325F
Line a 7″ deep cake tin
Place all of the first list of ingredients in a saucepan and heat slowly until the butter is melted, then simmer gently for 5 mins. Cool
Stir in the bicarbonate of soda.
Add the 2 beaten eggs into the flour with the mixed spice, cinnamon, and salt but do not stir.
Beat both mixtures together thoroughly.
Place in the cake tin and bake for 13/4 – 2 hrs.
Brush edge with the heated apricot jam and arrange nuts and cherries around.