How to make it

  • Preheat oven 350F/170C/150C fan/ Gas Mark 3
  • Grease and line the base and sides of a 8inch/20cm round deep cake pan.
  • Mix flour, salt, spices, grated lemon rind, cherries and dried fruit in a large bowl.
  • In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture until evenly mixed, then add the milk to lighten the mixture a little.
  • Pour half the batter into the prepared tin.
  • Dust the worktop with icing sugar and roll out 7oz/200g of the marzipan into a 7 3/4 / 19cm circle. Place on top of the batter in the pan, then top with the rest of the batter.
  • Level the top and place into the center of the oven for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours until golden and firm to the touch.
  • Cool completely, then turn out of the cake pan and remove the paper.
  • To decorate, roll out an 8 inch circle of marzipan and 12 small balls of marzipan,
  • Brush the top of the cake with the apricot jam and place the circle on top, crimping the edges with your finger and thumb. Arrrange the small balls on top.
  • You may grill the top until it is a golden color, or leave white.
  • If you wish you can use a 20 oz bag of luxury mixed dried fruit instead of buying separate bags of dried fruit so you won't have any leftovers.

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  • cheffbebeto 9 years ago
    i wana say one word.....purfect.
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  • gwenie 10 years ago
    Great recipe!! However, this a traditional English Easter cake - the balls represent the disciples. No reason not to have it on Mothers day (or any other day) though !!.....
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    " It was excellent "
    bluewaterandsand ate it and said...
    I have to agree with Julie,Absolutely wonderful!!
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  • juliecake 10 years ago
    Absolutely wonderful!!
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  • watson2167 10 years ago
    Mark this one too...thanks!!!
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  • jett2whit 10 years ago
    sounds very good! jett
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