This year isn’t feeling the most festive, is it? Let’s change that by adding some fruit cake into your life!
Today’s recipe is for a really simple iced fruit cake squares – this way you’re having the element of a fruit cake without having a whole fruit cake this is the perfect treat to make and give to friends and family wrapped up as a present or just to share with them, as it tis the season to share.
Even the people who don’t like fruit cake will like this, you have a semi traditional fruit cake which is topped with a thin layer of marzipan, which is then topped with a thin layer of icing sugar and finished with a spritz of edible glitter.
Today’s recipe is featuring. rolling pin that was gifted to me from the lovely people over at AlgisCrafts. If you haven’t heard of them before , you’re missing out – they have such an array of embossed rolling pins and other unique gifts, which would be perfect for those creatives in your life! I chose the snowflake rolling pin, as thats probably the most festive but they have such a selection, perfect for all whether its use in bakery or other crafts – you choose. So don’t forget to check them out and show them some love – they have some really lovely products!
Anyway, let’s get started, shall we?
150g light brown sugar.
125g plain flour.
50g ground almonds.
1 tsp ground cinnamon.
½ tsp ground mixed spice.
A dash of ground ginger, cloves, all spice and nutmeg.
450g mixed dried fruit (thats bee. covered with boiling water to cover, with one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda added. All prior to using, it should be cool).
150g white sugar paste.
25g green sugar paste.
Before you get started on the recipe, you’ll want to do some prep work. Start by weighing up all of the ingredients, lining an 8×8 inch square cake tin with parchment and grabbing any equipment you may need, such as a stand mixer and spatula. Don’t forget to preheat the oven to 150˚c/300˚f.
To start on the cake, grab a bowl and place in the butter and light brown sugar – beat the two together until they are combined. You’re not looking for he mixture to be light and fluffy, just well combined.
You can then add in your eggs, one at a time, beating well in between each addition. Don’t worry if the mixture curdles a little, we’ll correct it now.
Over a sieve, add your plain flour, ground spices and ground almonds and sift that into the mixture. You can then go ahead and add in the fruit.
Mix everything together until everything is incorporated – try your best not to over-mix the cake batter, otherwise the end result will be tough.
Give the bowl a good scraping down, just to incorporate any bits that may not have been fully worked in earlier on.
Then transfer the cake batter into your lined cake tin and spread/level the cake better out until its smooth and level, them place into your preheated oven and bake for 60-90 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
Once baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool fully (while still in the tin).
Whenever the cake has cooled and you’re ready to decorate – you can remove the cake from the tin.
Dust your work surface with a small amount of icing sugar and place on the marzipan and roll it out until its big enough for the top of the cake. I eyeballed this but feel free measure and be more accurate.
Take a small amount and apricot jam (or ginger marmalade) and melt it in the microwave/on the hob until smooth and spreadable. Brush this generously on top of the cake and then place the rolled out marzipan on top – set the cake aside while you prepare the final layer.
Dust your work surface with some icing sugar and roll out the sugar paste to be big enough for the top of the cake. To secure the sugar paste in place, brush over a small amount of apricot jam or ginger marmalade and then place the rolled out sugar paste on top.
Then take your embossed rolling pin and roll it quite firmly so it imprints onto the sugar paste and marzipan layer. If like me you’re using a coloured sugar paste, it may not show so well but it’s there and very pretty.
The you can slice them up into 16 generous portions and enjoy, this is the perfect recipe to make and share with friends and/or family.
That’s all for today guys, I hope you enjoyed. If you did, don’t forget to share this recipe with your family and friends and enjoy it. I’ll be back soon with another blog post and YouTube video, so join me then. In the meanwhile, don’t forget to check out my other social’s – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube. The YouTube tutorial will be linked down below.