I was helping out my Mum on the weekend by cutting up the extra fruit for a fruit cake she was baking for homemade Christmas gifts, and was super stunned when the recipe had ONLY 3 Ingredients. Seriously?! Usually recipes that claim to use few ingredients rely on a well stocked pantry – but not this one! Take that 4 ingredient cookbooks! So I’ve decided to share it here for your baking pleasure. A little warning though – it works out best if you leave the fruit soaking over night, so this isn’t a great cake for those situations requiring baked goods on short notice.
1 kg Dried Fruit
600ml Iced Coffee
2 cups Self-raising Flour
- Combine dried fruit, and iced coffee in a mixing bowl. Cover with cling-film, and refrigerate overnight (a few hours works but it is way tastier if you do it the night before.)
- Preheat an oven to 180C. Grease and line your selected baking pan – a square cake tin or 2 bar tins. Personally, I only own 1 bar tin, so I either bake it in 2 batches, or half the recipe. Go nuts.
- Add sifted self-raising flour and stir to combine. You made need some muscles for this.
- Fill baking tin and bake for 2 hours (checking after 90-mins) if using the square tin or, 1 hour (checking after 45-mins) if using bar tins. I use the skewer test to check my cake – a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Now, you don’t have to stop at 3 ingredients if you don’t want to – there are loads of ways to customise this cake to add your personal spin or a bit of holiday flair. It can even be adapted to become gluten free!
- I like glace cherries, so I add some of these.
- You can add some cinnamon, other spices, or nuts.
- For a super decadent option, use Bailey’s or Tia Maria as your soaking liquid
- For a gluten free version, subsititue 1 cup almond meal (or halzenut meal), and 1 cup + a bit extra gluten free plain flour, and gluten free baking powder (according to manufacturers directions i.e. mine says 2 tsp per cup, so I’d add 4 tsps for the volume of dry ingredients).
- If you have dairy related issues, try using a fruit juice – I like Golden Circles’ Sunshine punch.
Rest assured that even if you decide not to pimp out your cake, you will have an incredibly moist, and super tasty traditional cake. Enjoy!