This recipe is based on the ‘Knock Up’ Fruit Cake basic recipe, with apricots, dates and brazil nuts taking the place of the dried mixed fruit. This version would be good for a special occasion as it uses more expensive ingredients: I made it when my mother came to tea with us on Mothering Sunday.For this cake the quantity of mixture was doubled, using five eggs and it was then divided between two equally sized tins. I mixed the cake mixture the evening before it was baked the following lunchtime, covering and leaving it in the fridge overnight. I had not tried doing this before but it did not affect the finished cake in any way. I would definitely make this fruit cake in advance again if necessary. The sugar topping was added just before the cake was baked. In this case I was over generous with the sugar I had reserved, but the cake ended up with a lovely thick and crunchy sugared topping.
Apricot, Date & Brazil Nut Cake
Basic Recipe: Knock Up Fruit Cake without the dried mixed fruit, plus …
4ozs/125g dried apricots, cut into 3
4ozs/125g pitted dates, cut into 3
2ozs/65g brazil nuts, chopped (large pieces)
Mix and bake the cake using the basic recipe instructions, replacing the mixed dried fruit at Step 5 with the apricots, dates and brazil nut pieces and sprinkle over reserved sugar for a crunchy topping.