Judie van der Walt's fruitcake from Grandma's kitchen

Recipe from: 11/6/1997 12:00:00 AM
Ingredients 21
Servings 0
Time

Ingredients

  • 250
    g
    dates, chopped
  • 250
    ml
    water
  • 7
    ml
    bicarbonate of soda
  • 20
    ml
    apricot jam
  • 10
    ml
    instant Nescafé coffee powder
  • 10
    ml
    cocoa
  • 20
    ml
    glycerine
  • 1
    kg
    cake mix, rinsed
  • 100
    g
    glacé cherries, halved
  • 250
    ml
    chopped nuts
  • 750
    ml
    cake flour
  • 250
    g
    butter or margarine
  • 375
    ml
    sugar
  • 6
    extra-large eggs
  • 2
    ml
    salt
  • 5
    ml
    ground ginger
  • 5
    ml
    nutmeg
  • 5
    ml
    mixed spice
  • 100
    ml
    water
  • 190
    ml
    brandy
  • 2
    ml
    vanilla essence
 

Method

about 3 1/2 hours
 
Preheat the oven to 150 ºC. Line a 23 cm cake tin with three layers aluminium foil and grease well. Boil the dates and 250 ml (1 cup) water for 5 minutes and cool slightly. Add the bicarbonate of soda, apricot jam, instant coffee powder, cocoa and glycerine to the date mixture and stir well. Mix the cake mix, place cherries and nuts together, sift over 50 ml (1/5 cup) cake flour and mix. Cream the butter and 250 ml (1 cup) of the sugar. Add the eggs one by one, beating well after each addition. Sift the remaining cake flour, salt and spices together, add to the butter mixture, alternating with 85 ml (1/3 cup) brandy. Add the cake and date mixtures and mix well. Turn into the prepared tin, spreading evenly. Cover the pan with an aluminium foil lid. Bake for 1 hour, reduce the heat to 120 ºC and bake for another 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Meanwhile, mix the 100 ml water with the remaining 125 ml (1/2 cup) sugar in a saucepan, bring to the boil and boil for 5 minutes. Cool and add the remaining 100 ml brandy and vanilla essence. Remove the lid 15 minutes before the end of the baking time and pour the hot syrup over the cake. Bake uncovered for the rest of the time. Store in an airtight container. Makes a medium cake.
 

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