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Your next cake will be tasty AND beautiful if you follow the baking, frosting, and icing tips and tricks in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- 1 c. golden raisins
- 1 c. currants
- 2 c. mixture of your favorite dried fruits, chopped
- 1/4 c. candied ginger, chopped
- Zest of 1 lemon, chopped
- Zest of 1 orange, chopped
- 1 c. bourbon or rum
- 1 c. unfiltered apple juice
- 2 c. sugar
- 1 1/4 sticks butter
- 4 whole cloves, ground
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c. chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1 c. brandy
- 1/2 c. water
- Extra dried fruits and nuts for garnish
- A nonreactive pot
- A large bowl
- A sifter
- A wooden spoon
- A 10-inch nonstick loaf pan
- A pastry brush
- Parchment paper
- Aluminum foil or plastic wrap
- Orange, cranberry or apple juice
Fruitcake should be made at least two weeks ahead to give the fruit and brandy time to age, so be sure to leave yourself enough time.
Soak the fruit
Combine the raisins, currants, mixed dried fruit, ginger, and citrus zest in the nonreactive pot. Then pour the bourbon or rum over the fruit and let it soak overnight.
Heat fruit mixture
To the soaked fruit, add the apple juice, sugar, butter, cloves, cinnamon, and ground ginger. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Then the reduce heat and let it simmer. After 10 minutes, remove from heat.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Prepare the batter
In a bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
Combine fruit and flour mixtures
When the fruit mixture has cooled for 15 minutes, sift the flour mixture into it. Then combine using the wooden spoon.
Add eggs and nuts
Mix in the eggs one at a time, and then fold in the chopped nuts.
Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for one hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Liquor it up!
Using the brush, baste the top with some of the brandy or fruit juice. Let the loaf cool completely before removing it from the pan.
Wrap it up
Wrap the cake in parchment paper, then in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and store in a cool, dark place. Check the cake every few days and, if dry, brush it with enough brandy or juice to moisten—not soak—it. Then rewrap tightly.
Glaze and garnish
Just before serving, heat the remaining sugar with water over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Brush this glaze over your fruitcake and garnish with dried fruits and nuts.