Looking for an alternative Christmas cake? This delicious yet simple fruit cake recipe uses apricots, prunes and cherries to create a beautifully moist cake that's perfect for serving to family and friends over the holiday season. Follow our step-by-step how to guide below.
110g each dried apricots, pitted prunes and glace cherries
150g each butter and light soft brown sugar
300ml unsweetened orange juice
50g/2oz candied peel (optional)
220g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 medium eggs
Line an 8” round tin and roughly chop your apricots, prunes and cherries.
Place the butter, sugar and orange juice into a saucepan over a medium heat and stir until melted.
Add the chopped fruit and simmer for 10–15 mins. Leave to cool.
Sieve flour and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and add the cooled fruit mixture.
Beat eggs and stir into cake mixture.
Pour your mixture into the tin and bake at 160 degrees C for approx 1-1 ½ hours until firm. Leave in tin to cool for 15 mins before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Serve your cake as it is or decorate with whole apricots, prunes and cherries. Use an apricot jam glaze over the top for an extra shine!