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Tina B Fatless cake

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.

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Tina K Burton
Who Am I?

Tina K Burton started writing seriously ten years ago, when she began a creative writing course. Within the year she was selling short stories to the women's magazines, and articles to various other publications.

Both her novels have been signed by Crooked Cat Publishing - Chapters of Life was released in August 2013, and made it into Amazon's top 100 bestseller list for its particular genre. The Love Shack was released at the end of July 2015.

She is currently writing her third book, about a girl who dies suddenly and finds herself back in the thirties.

When she's not writing, she loves to take her re homed greyhound for walks in Devon where she lives with her husband.

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