I love raisins & sultanas, I love a cake. 'Why not combine them together to make a fabulous, heavenly cake', was the thought that crossed my mind early morning today.
I had all the ingredients in my quarantine cupboard so voila, after my first cup of Assam tea, I got down to bake a cake! I have taken inspiration from the Sultana cake baked by Amy of Baking with Granny. Here is the simple, straightforward recipe for this cake.
225gm self raising flour
140gm castor sugar
140 gm butter
1/2 tsp salt
170gm mixed fruit ( I used a mix of golden raisins, sultanas, candied orange and lemon peel)
2tbsp orange juice
Pre-heat oven to 150deg and grease and line a 900g/2lb loaf tin.
Dust the mixed fruits in 2tbsp flour. Make sure you remove 2tbsp flour off the 225gm.
In a big bowl, beat castor sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
Add the 3 eggs one by one and beat well after adding each one.
Now add the orange juice and mix well.
Sift together the flour and salt into the mixture and fold well, ensuring there are no lumps(do not beat)
Tip in the mixed fruits along with the flour. Mix everything well so that the fruits get evenly distributed in the cake batter.
Pour the batter into the lined tin and place it in the middle shelf of the oven.
Bake for 50 -55minutes.
Insert a tooth pick or skewer to chack if the cake is done. If the skewer comes out clean, you cake is ready.
Remove cake from oven and let in rest for 10 mins in the tin. After that take it ou of the tin and cool it completely on a cake rack.
Enjoy your mixed fruit cake with a hot cup of tea, friends and family!
Hints & tips: If you do not have self raising flour you can use plain flour. Mix 2tsp of baking powder to every 150g or 1 cup of plain flour.
Dusting the sultanas and raisins stop them from sinking to the bottom of the cake while baking.