Friday, 19 October 2012

Grandma’s Fruitcake [HOW TO MAKE]


Date: 15/10/12

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 Smile. 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 Smile

Ingredients: 2012-10-16 17.14.36

  • 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!

  1. Put all ingredients into a bowl
  2. Mix ingredients together
  3. Pour mixture in a greased and line 2lb loaf tin
  4. Place in a preheated oven- Gas Mark 3 (160C)
  5. Cook for 1.5-1.75 hours
  6. Best eaten after 24hours Smile

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 Smile She made it because she loves to cook for people, and I am very grateful!



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  1. I have to agree grandma's cakes are amazing, I also remember when I could barely peer over the top of the cupboard to see her working her magic and i recomend anyone who looks at this recipe to make it as it the best I have ever tasted :)

  2. this cake is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make thanks for the recipe

    1. Thank you anonymous :-) I will be sure to pass on the credit to my Grandma! :D

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