Fruit cake, I am going to be straight up and honest. I don’t like it. Now I know what your thinking, if you don’t like it then why make it. Well, I believe baking is for everyone and when you love to bake you don’t have to make everything you love. You can make things you don’t like but no others do. So that’s what I did. I asked around and my dad kept mentioning about how much he loves fruit cake and asked if I could make it. So I decided to give it a go,and after trying it and everyone loving it, I still didn’t like it (sorry but it just ain’t happening.)
Anyway, once I decided what I was going to make I had to do a little bit of research. Now I could just be stupid or most people are like me and don’t really know what a farmhouse fruit cake is. Ok, so I know what a fruit cake is (cake with a mix of dried fruit) but what the hell is the farmhouse part!
Thanks to my dad I found out that a farmhouse fruit cake is a much lighter and less dense cake compared to a normal fruit cake and that is what my dad prefers so that’s what I made.
Using another one of her trusting recipes, Merry Berry has made a great fruit cake recipe.
The moment I saw her name I knew this was going to be a good recipe and it turned out really good. Below you will find the recipe, so you can try it out for yourself. or use the link above.
So there are usually two parts to making a simple fruit cake, mixing the ingredients together and cooking the cake. Seems simple right?! It is but one thing is for sure it takes a damn long time to cook. Like seriously a WHOLE HOUR AND A HALF!!!! I’m barely patient when cooking a cake for about 25 minutes, so anything longer than that I start to fidget and get annoyed it isn’t cooked yet.
This may seem stupid but whenever I make a cake and need to line the tin, I just cut a piece of the roll of baking paper and just press it into the cake tin. it’s messy and when the cake is cooked the cake can be a slightly odd shape. So somehow I finally figured that it is much easier to cut the baking paper into strips and place them along the sides of the tin and a circle piece of baking paper for the bottom. It was so much tidier, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.
Top Tip: Mix the dried fruit with a small bit of flour.
Now this is probably something you may already know and if it is, I give you permission to skip ahead. However for those of you who have never heard of this little trick please continue to read.
So mixing flour with fruit, you may be wondering why in the world would you do that. It does seem a bit strange but it’s a great thing to know. When putting fruit in cakes, the fruit can sometimes sink to the bottom. Now that may not be a big problem as the cake will taste as good but the flour will stop the sinking and it will create a nicer spread of fruit so everyone gets some.
Once the cake is cooked and out of the oven, you have to let it cool completely before removing from the tin. This type of cake is quite crumbly on the first day and removing it from the tin too early may cause it to break. Now after it’s cooled you can go ahead and eat, like I said on the first day it’s cooked it’s crumbly and usually fruit cake it better the next day. Though my dad was impatient and ate a slice straight away. (I’m glad he liked it).
Like all my other bake’s, this is a simple recipe and it is always nice to make simple things. I will be looking at more advanced and fun bake’s in the future, but I want to start off with the great simple bakes everyone knows and loves.
If you have a love for Fruit cake I hope you give this recipe a try. If you do I would love to see your creations, you can post them on my twitter https://twitter.com/AmyBakes94 or my Instagram https://www.instagram.com/amybakes94/
P.S. If you haven’t seen already I created a video of myself making one of my bake’s, It’s my first ever one and I would love for you guys to see it and give me your support and feedback. I will be looking into making more in the future, lets just see how things go.