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Thursday fruit cake

February 9, 2012

Today is the beloved’s birthday and to celebrate we ate too much.  Halo and Damon arrived the night before from Southampton bearing gifts and were awake in time to drive Arlo to school in the morning. They also picked him up again, to his delight, so he was able to come home and make cakes. Poppy decorated the kitchen with home made bunting and Grannie sat around looking decorative.

We decided to make Julia’s Wednesday Fruit cake from the Schumacher College’s Gaia’s Kitchen cook book as the beloved isn’t a fan of chocolate cakes. It’s a nice cake. I altered the recipe of course – I’m incapable of making something exactly as written, and today’s a Thursday so it automatically becomes a Thursday Fruit cake.

Mix 7oz very soft butter with 7oz demerara sugar. Separate 4 eggs and beat in the whites first and then the yolks.  Add 6oz chopped apricots and 3oz chopped dates (usually I use apricots only, but I thought I’d ring the changes. It is a birthday after all). Add a heaped teaspoon of  ground cinnamon and 8oz self raising flour and mix. If it’s too dry add a little milk. Put into a greased and lined 8″square tin and bake at about 180c for 40 minutes or until the cake pulls away at the edges of the tin. Leave to cool and then drizzle/slather icing over the top – or not.

Arlo was very restrained with the icing as it was an adult’s cake, but Poppy bought a fantastic cake firework from Sarah’s lovely shop Gazebo. The pictures don’t really do it justice.

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