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Fruity Christmas Cake


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas Mark 2. Line a 9" square tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Sift the flour, spice and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the margarine, sugar and eggs. Whisk thoroughly (with an electric whisk) until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Stir in the fruit with the remaining ingredients until well combined.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake on the lowest shelf of the oven for 2-3 hours or until golden, firm to touch and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  5. Leave to cool in the tin. Turn the cake out, wrap in greaseproof paper and store in an airtight tin.
  6. Cover the cake using 1 x 250g pack of brandy marzipan and 2 x 250g packs of ready to roll icing.