Man cake, so called as it’s full of fruit and spices but if your like me, you’ll enjoy it too 😉
450g/1 lb plain flour
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
175g/6oz butter or margarine
225g/8oz light brown sugar
225g/8oz dried mixed fruit
1 large egg
300ml/1/2 pint milk
150g/5oz dark brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 160C/gas mark 3. Line a deep 20cm/8in cake tin.
Sift the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl and rub in the butter, aiming for a fine breadcrumb like texture. Stir in the sugar and mixed fruit. Mix in the egg and milk and stir until you have a soft dropping consistency.
Pour the mixture into the cake tin and even out the top. Scatter the dark brown sugar over the top of the cake, if your sugar has gone a bit hard and lumpy all the better.
Bake for about 1 hour 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean – check after 1 hour though, you might decide you need to cover it with baking parchment to stop the top burning. Cool in the tin for 15 minutes before putting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Once cold, make yourself a cup of coffee to have with a chunk of that cake 🙂