Easy Xmas Cake (Diane Fraser of Nelson)
I've made this one for years now, since I got it off SkyTV - it's replaced my Condensed milk recipe (which everyone loves as well. For that recipe scroll down). =A=
Diane says --
I'm not sure where I got this recipe from but it's in my collection:
Nicest Easy Fruit Cake by Christine MacKenzie
225g butter 1 cup sugar
1 cup milk 1 tbl golden syrup
1 tsp baking soda 2 tbl cold water
3 eggs 1 tsp pure vanilla essence
2 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp mixed spice 700g mixed fruit
Bring to the boil butter, sugar, milk and golden syrup. Remove from heat.
Mix baking soda with water and stir in.
Beat eggs then thoroughly stir into the warm liquids. Leave to cool to lukewarm. (You can leave it for half an hour or for several hours, or if in a hurry hasten by cooling the pot in a sink of cold water.)
Heat oven to 180° deg C. Line a square or round 23cm cake tin with baking paper.
Mix vanilla into cooled liquids, spread into lined tin.
Optional: arrange blanched almonds on top. Add almond essence in with vanilla.
Bake 180° deg C for one hour. Turn off the oven and leave the cake in the oven for another 20 minutes. Cool in the tin on a wire rack for an hour then turn out.