Cake of the Month - Everyday Fruit Cake

A fiftieth birthday surely warrants a cake of special magnificence.
 Layers, icing, gold smarties, sparklers and chocolate.
When I asked Charlie what kind of cake he wanted for his big birthday he said;
'That fruit cake you do, not the dark Christmas one the lighter one',
'What, the everyday fruit cake?'
'Yes'
''No chocolate, layers or icing?'
'No thanks'
'Sad face'.
But, it isn't my fiftieth birthday. Yet. Happy face.
On your fiftieth birthday you should have the cake you like best, so I made him an everyday fruit cake.

This recipe is super-easy. I can't remember where I got it from but it is a fairly standard British recipe.
It's very tasty, excellent in the lunch box and doesn't make your teeth ache.


Everyday Fruit Cake
Grease and base line an 8'' (20cm) loose-bottomed  deep cake tin.
In a large bowl mix all of the following ingredients together. Electric beaters make this an easy task.
8 oz soft butter
8 oz light brown soft sugar
8 oz self-raising flour
4 large eggs
1 tsp mixed spice
Next fold in
1 tbsp brandy (optional)
1½ lbs dried fruit -I used 4 oz glacĂ© cherries (rinsed and quartered), 4 oz candied peel, 8 oz sultanas, 4 oz chopped dried apricots and 4 oz raisins (something like that anyway)
225 g is approximately 8 oz

  



Scrape the mixture into the tin and bake at 150°c (130°c fan oven) for 2 -2¼ hours. A skewer should come out clean when inserted into the cake. 
Cover the cake with baking parchment after one hour to prevent it becoming too brown.



Comments

  1. Happy Birthday to Charlie! I'm with him on the cake front...the everyday cakes are often the best & that cake does look delicious!

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  2. Happy 50th Charlie...doing that man thing of keeping it low key eh?

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  3. Happy 50th. That cake looks lovely. There's nothing like a nice bit of fruit cake with a hot cuppa!
    Victoria xx

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  4. Happy 50th to your husband.
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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  5. Sounds delicious - am going to make it in the morning.
    P.S. I love Kew too.

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  6. Happy 50th to him! I admit it, I love this cake too. Mum calls it 'Cut and Come again' cake, so I tend to think of it as that- which is a bit more exciting than 'everyday fruit cake' lol
    But I feel your pain- my kids and hubby never seem to want exciting birthday cakes either. In fact **whispers** they want STORE BOUGHT cake half the time!!.
    That's OK. If they don't want fancy birthday cake, I'll make ME a fancy non birthday cake ;)

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  7. happy birthday Mr Quince. mmmm fruit cake. do you like it with cheese? or is that just a thing about people from Yorkshire?

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    1. Oh yes, I like it with cheese, but then my grandpa was from York.

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  8. Me, I love any fruit cake. Mmmmm. Happy birthday Mr Quince tree! I hope he has a very nice day.

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  9. Do you know what, I have a very similar recipe from Margaret Costa's excellent Four Seasons Cookery Book, which I adore. And I am going to make it for my own landmark birthday (a different one though) in a few days' time. None of the ones I was thinking about were quite right - what I need is an Everyday Fruit Cake - thank you!

    And Happy Birthday to Charlie!

    Nancy x

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    1. Oh that is a lovely book, I must look that recipe up.

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  10. My husband is the same, out of choice he would always choose fruitcake, it's the cake I make the most. Was/will Mr Quince be more adventurous with his birthday dinner?

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    1. Not really -I had envisioned steak and salad but he wanted chilli.

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  11. Happy birthday to Charlie, and please tell him that some of us have still not made our husband's 50th cake 4 months after the event, so that he knows that he is a lucky man.

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  12. Happy Birthday Charlie! A cake of ones choosing sounds like a very appropriate way to celebrate.

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  13. A fruit cake is just perfect for a midsummer 50th birthday in England. But did you secretly put fifty sultanas into it?

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    1. Damn -another opportunity missed. I shall remember that for the 60th.

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  14. Happy birthday to Charlie :)

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  15. Yum! Is there any left? Happy Birthday Charlie!

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  16. what a great looking cake..i love fruit cakes like yours but so many people i know don't so i don't make them very often..happy birthday to the 50 year old..jane

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  17. Charlie is a man of excellent taste!

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  18. Oh how I miss fruit cake especially with cherries, and your's looks soooo yummy! Fruit cake has a bad rap here in California. I was going to say States, but not sure about the rest of the country. They are known as doorstops! Very rude, because I know fruit cake can be very moist and delicious. Plus candied peel is very hard to find even at christmas time. I will have to ask my Dad, who now does the cooking since he retired to bake one for me while I'm visiting in August! My mouth is watering all ready.
    Happy Birthday to your Hubby too!

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  19. That would have been my husband's choice too ... must be a man thing! I shall give your recipe a go.

    Happy Birthday Charlie :D

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  20. Many happy returns to Charlie. The image of the cake fills me with nostalgia, it looks just like the one my mother used to make. Sadly both myself and other half have passed this landmark birthday, but to cheer us up a slice of your delicious cake would be just the ticket.

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  21. Hope Charlie had a good day. The cake looks delicious and I just love fruit cake but we are desperately trying to economise and having the oven on for over 2 hours just for a cake is a bit of an extravagance for us - even for a birthday. Did you put anything else to cook in the oven at the same time to make use of the gas/electricity? A few pointers as to what cooks well with a cake would be gratefully received.

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    1. I didn't put anything else in with the cake Jo. As it is quite a low temperature I think a casserole would be just the thing to go in with the cake if you have room. A cheap cut of beef or pork would benefit from a good couple of hours in the oven. I'd put the cake on top and the casserole dish below just in case splashes from the casserole drip onto your cake. A few baking potatoes would cook through at that temperature in two hours.

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    2. You could also bake two or three cakes at the same time and freeze the extra ones.

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  22. Looks great! I've got a big birthday coming up so I wonder if I can persuade someone to make it for me? Hope Charlie had a great day.

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  23. That's just the kind of cake I'd like for my birthday. Hope he enjoyed his day (and didn't make as big a fuss about the numbers as I did!).

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  24. Happy Birthday Charlie! I hope he had a good day?

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  25. This is a lovely recipe, very simple and very scrummy. Thank you for sharing it.

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