Diane’s Old Fashioned Fruit Cake

There’s nothing nicer than an old fashioned fruit cake in the garden on a sunny day!


350g mixed fruit

1 orange, zested

300 ml of hot strong tea

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

250g Cotswold self raising flour

200g demerara sugar

A small amount of butter for greasing loaf tin


Put the dried fruit in a mixing bowl and pour over the hot tea, to cover.  Ideally leave overnight, but otherwise a minimum of 6 hours.  

Pre-heat the oven to 180C, then grease and line a loaf tin. Add the beaten eggs, orange zest, self raising flour and sugar to the soaked dried fruit and mix well.  Spoon the mixture evenly into the loaf tin and place into the centre of the oven for 90 mins (or until the cake is firm to the touch).  Leave in the tin for 30 mins to cool and then transfer to a wire rack.

If the cake isn’t going to be eaten within a day it can be wrapped well and put in an airtight container where it will keep for a week.

 Congratulations to Diane Crimes for winning our April giveaway competition with this recipe!

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