Cake & Cookie Recipes > Cherry and Date Cake

How to make cherry and date cake:
This is a rich fruit loaf cake. It is cooked for a long time in a slow oven making a moist and lusciously fruity anytime snack.


8oz butter
6oz caster/superfine sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
12oz all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
pinch of salt
6oz glace cherries rinsed thoroughly dried and halved
6oz chopped dates
5floz cold tea

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- Cream the butter and sugar together until light in colour and fluffy in texture.
- Gradually add the eggs beating the mixture well.
- Add the vanilla essence.
- Take a second bowl and mix together the flour, baking powder, mixed spice and salt.
- Gradually fold the flour mixture into the butter, sugar and egg mixture.
- Stir in the cherries and dates.
- Pour in the tea and mix in well.
- Put into a well-greased 7 inch square cake tin lined with greaseproof paper.
- Bake at 170 degrees C. for about 2 hours.
- Test to see if the cake is done by inserting a sharp knife. If it comes out clean the cake is done.
- Allow to cool on a wire rack.