Easy Fruit Cake
Makes 12 slices
125g/4oz/½ cup butter, plus extra to grease
225g/8oz/2¼ cups self-raising (self-rising) flour
2 tsp ground mixed spice
1 tsp baking powder
125g/4oz/½ cup soft brown sugar
225g/8oz/1⅓ cups dried fruit
2 medium (US large) eggs
2 tbsp milk
1 Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas 3. Butter an 18cm/7in round cake tin and line the base with parchment paper.
2 Sift the flour, spice and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the sugar and dried fruit.
3 Beat the eggs with the milk and beat into the cake mixture.
4 Put the mixture in the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 1¾ hours or until a fine skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
5 Turn out the cake and cool on a wire rack.