Rich all-purpose fruit cake

Rich all-purpose fruit cake

Dan Lepard's cake is very easy to make with a moist crumb and no need to soak the fruit – it's ideal for wedding cakes or christening cakes.



  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/335F/Gas 3 and line a 25cm/10in round deep cake tin with non-stick paper. Place the syrup, treacle, honey, sugar, cream and spices in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl, add the butter in pieces and stir until melted, then add the orange and lemon extracts (or zest)

  2. Beat in the eggs until smooth, then stir in the fruit. Mix the flour and soda together, then stir this through evenly. Spoon into the tin and bake for about 2-2½ hours, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin, then carefully remove from the tin.

  3. When cold, spoon the top liberally with brandy, whisky or boiled orange juice, wrap well and leave for 3-4 days before icing.

Recipe Tips

You can replace the lemon and orange extract with the finely grated zest of two oranges and two lemons, but the fruit extracts are much easier to use. The recipe can be halved easily.