Madeira Fruit Cake

With Christmas fast approaching why not try a delicious and quick alternative to the traditional Christmas cake


  • 12 oz butter (soft and at room temperature)
  • 12 oz caster sugar
  • 6 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 lb self raising flour
  • 2 medium size oranges
  • 2 medium size lemons
  • 4 oz dried cherries
  • 4 oz dried dates
  • 4 oz dried figs
  • 4 oz mixed peel
  • 2 tsp ground ginger


  1. Grate the rind from the oranges and lemons and squeeze the juice. Chop the dates and figs into small bite size pieces
  2. Soak the all the fruit overnight in the orange and lemon juice along with the rinds.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and mix in well.
  4. Sieve the flour and fold into the mixture. Add the fruit.
  5. Put the cake mixture into a prepared 10” square tin or 11” round. Cook for 1.5 hours at 160°C.
  6. Once cooked, leave in the tin until completely cold.
  7. This cake can be eaten straight away or kept for a week wrapped in greaseproof paper and tinfoil.


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