This is a truly delicious cake, which is perfect for those on a diet as there's no added fat or sugar. The sweetness comes from the fruit. I even make it at Christmas. It's great covered in marzipan and icing.
- 8 oz dates - NOT the sugar rolled ones, get the ones you can eat and use for cooking. I buy Morrisons' value ones.
- 10 fl oz water
- 1 lb mixed dried fruit
- Optional - glacé cherries cut into quarters. If I have any left, I put them in, but you don't need them.
- 6oz wholemeal flour - if plain, use 3 teaspoons of baking powder, if S.R, use 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 or 3 teaspoons baking powder - see flour above
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1-2 teaspoons mixed spice
- 1 oz ground almonds
- 4 tablespoons orange juice and the grated rind.
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C, and grease a cake tin. I use my 2lb loaf tin, but you can use a round tin if you prefer.
Put the dates and the water in a large pan and heat until soft.
Remove from heat and mash it up.
Add all the other ingredients, mix well, spoon into your tin, and level the top.
Cook for around 1 and a half hours, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Let cool in the tin, then turn onto a wire rack to go completely cold.
Store in an airtight container. This cake lasts for ages - well not in our house it doesn't - but it can last for up to three weeks.
If using as Christmas cake, you can brandy feed it before marzipanning and icing.