This is the easiest cake recipe that I have in my repertoire and every time I make a variation of it I am always asked for the recipe. It was passed to me by my old college room mate Sally, years and years ago - I went to stay with her for a weekend and we had this cake and I expressed how delicious it was and she gave me the recipe and I have been passing It on ever since.
These are the basic ingredients but you can adjust the fruit etc..
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of raisins
1 cup of sultanas
1 teaspoon of mixed spice
1 cup of cold tea
2 cups of self raising flour
In a bowl add the sugar dried fruit, mixed spice and give it a little stir
Then add the cold tea -I used some Lady Grey and steeped it for a while to get all the flavour
I then added some marzipan and an egg - mix this and then fold in the flour
It then went into a lined baking tin ( I love these cake tin liners!)
Bake for about 50 mins and this is the end result...
Delcious with a cup of tea mmmmmmmmmmm
You can play around with this one no end which is fab - you can use any dried fruit, add marzipan or nuts, add more spices or change them for nutmeg or ginger for example. Change the flour to wholemeal and even change what type of tea that you use.
I guarantee that you will be vey pleased with the result and someone will ask you for the recipe!
I am entering this into a blogging challenge called Tea time treats that is hosted by Karen at Lavender and Loveage and Kate from What Kate Baked. Novembers challenge that I can just slip into is all about dried fruit and this little beauty fits perfectly.