This is such a yummy cake. I truly think I have excelled myself this year (yes I know, pride cometh before a fall and all that but :P).
For a generous cake that makes an 8″ square and 2 2″ square cakes you need:
1.5 kilos mixed fruit e.g. currants, sultanas, raisins, mixed peel, cherries etc
500-700ml mixture of rum, brandy, whisky
225g dark soft brown sugar
2 tbsp treacle
3 tbsp mixed christmas cake spice with orange peel (morrisons sell it… or use cinnamon, nutmeg and mixed spice and add some grated orange zest)
225g plain flour
Begin by soaking the fruit for a month. Yes a whole month. Place in a tub with the booze and leave well alone, save for shaking it once a day.
When you’re ready to make the cake cream the butter and sugar and then add the eggs. Fold in the flour and spices and then add the fruit mixture. Mix well and place in the prepared tins. Bake the small cakes for 3 hours and the large one for 4 1/2 hours at 120 degrees. Leave to cool totally and then wrap. Cover as you wish 🙂