Cakes can be notoriously hard to make. Personally, I’m not a delicate cook. Shoving everything into pot works just fine for me rather than attempting to finesse the finer points of short crust pastry or the intricacies of icing.

So it’s nice to come across simple things that work and work well. This simple recipe is my Mom’s and its hard to go wrong with it. The end result is a light fruit cake with a decent sweetness to it. It serves as a great starting point for more complex recipes too. I love it because it is so easy to make and when I get that sweet tooth, it’s great to know that I’m not stuffing fake sugar or chemical additives into my body.

Ingredients (Makes one small cake)

8oz Flour
4oz Sugar
4oz Butter (room temperature)
2 eggs
Raisins / Sultanas

An easy way to remember the ingredients is to use half the amount of sugar and butter as the amount of flour.

fruit-cake-arcanismSieve the flour into a bowl and add the sugar. Cube the butter and mix into the flour, using your fingers to rub into the flour and sugar. Once the butter has been worked in, add the eggs and mix. Don’t spend too long mixing the eggs – the mixture should be sticky. If the mix is too dry, you can add some milk.

Fire in a handful of raisins and mix through. Spoon the dough into a buttered cake tin, pop in the oven at gas mark 7 for 20 minutes to half an hour.

The cake is done when a skewer  or knife plunged into the centre comes out clean. Place the cake on a wire rack to cool down.