When you want to cut down your intake of sugar, eggs and dairy, you might imagine cakes are out of the question, but that's not the case at all. This Extra Fruity Fruit Cake is absolutely delicious despite the fact it's fat free, sugar free, egg free and dairy free!
What it does contain is plenty of healthy ingredients. Dried fruits, dates, ground almonds and fruit juice provide natural sweetness and give the cake a lovely moist texture. Don't feel you have to use the same dried fruits as I have. Apart from the dates which are an essential ingredient, any combination of dried and ready to eat fruits such as raisins, sultanas, apricots, prunes, peaches and pears will do as long as the total weight is around 450/500g.
One thing I discovered years ago is that cakes made with wholemeal flour can be heavy and not to everyone's taste. To lighten a cake, I use half wholemeal, half white flour, as I've done in the recipe below.
100g ready to eat dried apricots
50g dried peaches
50g mixed peel
85g plain flour
85g wholemeal flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 rounded tsp mixed spice
50g ground almonds
80ml orange juice (either freshly squeezed or from a carton)
Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan/Gas Mark 3.
Grease a 900g (2lb) loaf tin and line the base with greaseproof paper.
Eat one, freeze one!
If you want to make two smaller cakes instead, split the mixture into two 1lb (450g) loaf tins and bake them for about one hour.