Red Berry Fruit Cake

Red Berry Fruit CakeI know I keep writing about how I don’t like cooking, but sometimes, just sometimes, I might be found in the kitchen, tinkering. The results of my tinkerings are variable. The other day, for instance, I tried to make a savoury pancake for supper. I simmered the filling: onions, mushrooms, etc., in white wine. I then added what turned out to be far too much batter.  I burnt its bottom in the frying pan. I burnt its top under the grill. The middle wouldn’t cook, so I put it in the microwave. For a very long time.  Neither my husband nor I could chew a single bite!  I reckon I’d have had more success chewing at the sole of my shoe. We cried laughing!  And ate something with chips.

Red Berry Fruit Cake Top Close UpThis cake, however, was a huge success. I adapted it from a recipe for Swedish Apple Cake and I got it from The Cake Hunter – a sumptuous blog run by Sophie, who lives and works in Stoke-on-Trent, a town long famous for its potteries.

My cake succeeded maybe as a result of the failed pancake, because I suspected that substituting mixed red berries for apple would make it more moist.  I didn’t want a soggy middle situation on my hands again!  So what I did was half the amounts of the ingredients so that I ended up with a smaller area to cook.  Whether that was a logical assumption or not, I can’t say.  I also substituted cinnamon for fresh-ground cardamom pods. Cardamom is delicious with apple. I had no idea what it would taste like with red berry fruits. It was delicious and different.

Cross-section Red Berry Fruit CakeI cooked the cake, at 170 degrees C, in a fan oven, for an hour, in a greased china soufflé dish (about 5 inches in diameter), which I also lined with cooking parchment.

The cake was very light.  And as you can see from the cross-section, the fruit didn’t all sink to the bottom.

I gave half to some friends who’d invited us to dinner and my husband and I ate the other half. I haven’t heard from my friends since. Hope they’re alright.

Try it! If I can do it, anybody can!  Here’s the link to Sophie’s recipe for all the other instructions:

Thank you Sophie. You’ve just ruined my diet.


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5 Responses to Red Berry Fruit Cake

  1. arniekaye says:

    Good post helps remind me of a recipe I tried before called the anti-fruitcake.


    • annisik51 says:

      Thanks for reading. By the way my anti-virus program blocked some content on your web site as potentially dangerous. I’m sure you’re a nice person, but I’m afraid I can’t follow your site because I’m vegetarian. Perhaps if you knew how foie gras is ‘manufactured’ you wouldn’t want to feature foie gras recipes. Here’s a link to a You Tube video, narrated by Kate Winslet. Please be warned, this is very explicit and upsetting. Kind regards 🙂


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