Background: My Grandma, and consequently my mum also, is my baking teacher and idol. Some of my earliest memories are of stood on a chair in my Grandma’s kitchen making fairy cakes and scones with her. Ever since I have been at university, virtually whenever I came back from Rugby to Birmingham I brought with me a delicious homemade creation from my lovely Grandma. Be it apple pie, coconut cake, chocolate cake, lemon meringue pie or Christmas pudding, regardless or the contents, a cake tin was a welcome addition to our communal kitchen.
After being at home for the weekend prior to coming back to Brumland to start my new job, she had made me a lovely fruitcake, to take to work . A few years ago she had given me the recipe for this cake. And it is one of the easiest cakes to make!
What: Grandma’s All-In-One Stork Fruitcake- Recipe from my Grandma
- 4oz Stork margarine
- 4oz caster sugar
- 8oz self raising flour
- 12oz mixed fruit
- 1tsp mixed spice
- 2 eggs
- 1/4pint milk
- 2tbsp walnuts for the top
Method- see how easy it is!
- Put all ingredients into a bowl
- Mix ingredients together
- Pour mixture in a greased and line 2lb loaf tin
- Place in a preheated oven- Gas Mark 3 (160C)
- Cook for 1.5-1.75 hours
- Best eaten after 24hours
What was Good: Some fruit cakes can be quite dry, but my Grandma’s fruit cake is definitely not that! I love light fruit cake, when I say light I mean, you know when you cut a fruit cake open and the cake itself is light in colour with fruit within it, not dense and sticky like a Christmas cake. The mixed fruit in it was a selection of glace cherries, raisins and sultanas, which helped to keep the cake lovely and moist, and the mixed spice added a lovely autumnal flavour and scent to it as well. It was a fantastic ‘store cupboard’ cake, not just because it can be made with ingredients you can easily find in your store cupboard, but also because despite it now being 4 days after cutting it, it still tastes as fresh as the first day! So I can keep it airtight in the store cupboard for days! Another of my favourite things about this lovely cake are that the walnuts used to top the cake add a delicious flavour, and fab texture when biting into it.
What was Bad: I for one am not going to disrespect my Grandma by saying anything bad about her baking She made it because she loves to cook for people, and I am very grateful!