Cake of the Month ~ Christmas Clear-out Cake

No, I don't feel like eating cake either. I'm all about light and healthy at the moment as I suspect you are. But the absence of a Christmas cake did not go unnoticed and I promised to knock up an every day fruit cake to make up for it.

Whilst assembling ingredients I found various little bits of this and little bits of that leftover from making florentines and other Christmas treats. Half a bar of chocolate, a few chunks of crystallised ginger, a handful of walnuts, the sticky remains of glacĂ© cherries and candied peel and a spoonful of mincemeat. These I chopped up and weighed adding dried cranberries, dried apricots, raisins and sultanas to make up the 1½ lbs of mixed dried fruit.


I also added a teaspoon of ground ginger and used plain wholemeal flour plus 2 teaspoons of baking powder in place of the self-raising flour.





I am told it is a good cake but I still don't feel like eating any just yet.

Comments

  1. It does look like a nice cake.

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  2. Hmmm. I've never known that feeling of not wanting to eat cake. I wonder what it's like.

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  3. It looks and sounds delicious, and how nice to get rid of all those annoying bits of leftover this and that.

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  4. Yes, now I want to eat THAT cake.

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  5. As stuffed as I am right now, I think I could possibly manage to squeeze in a slice of that.

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  6. Yes, I think could just about manage a slice....... Jenny

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  7. Me, too. Easily...............

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  8. It is a pleasure just to stare at it. I wish I could banish all the lowly sweets that make their way into my house and replace it with your cakes of the month. They would be worth every calorie, while much of what I eat is not. Can't convince my DH of this, who is the one who has a love affair going with the commercially baked treats he brings home. Still in all, perhaps better than a mistress.

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  9. If only one could put all the spam into something delicious to eat.
    Do you think adding a few leftover Quality Streets would work in a cake?

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    1. Give it a go Lucille! I'd happily add leftover cranberry sauce to a cake but draw the line at stuffing and sprouts.

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  10. Like a whirling dervish yesterday, I took trees and cards down, swept floors and cleared out drawers. Pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds and the (out-of-date) remains of a bag of luxury dried fruit went into granola. The bottom of an ancient pot of yoghurt went into Nigel Slater's soda bread, and the last lonely Bramley flavoured a pan of slow-cooked red cabbage, enough for two days. Feels good.

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    1. I like how you roll Marge.

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  11. Sorry - I read that wrongly - I thought you were talking about baking something
    then realised Marge was a name!

    I need to cop on a bit.

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  12. A slice of that looks like quite a nutritious lunch to me.

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  13. I think I could force myself, Sue. But I'm missing baking more than eating.

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  14. I sounds and looks lovely, I admire the looks of lots of cakes .... but I am odd, I fear I'm the odd girl out completely... I don't like cake much at all.

    I do however love a recipe that uses up all the odds and sods that linger in cupboards and turns them into something delicious.

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  15. Wonderful cake - I make your everyday fruit cake a lot.....your food has so much heart and soul...

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  16. I have two as yet unadorned Christmas cakes in the cupboard. They are wrapped and sealed, ready for my birthday in March. They were unwanted presents. More fool them I say. I do enjoy a nice bit of fruit cake.
    Leanne xx

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  17. Sue, as this still new year unrolls its possibilities, I am adding to my wish list the possibility of having a place to live with a kitchen with at least one window, and the ability to prepare meals and bake treasures that might even come close to what you've been showing me for quite a while.

    I don't think it's too late to send more Happy New Year wishes. xo

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  18. What a good idea. I'm hoping my daughter is going to use up some of sticky ingredients from the cake making cupboard when she makes biscotti tomorrow, otherwise I may just have to make another cake or I could add some to my sourdough, or make cherry and white chocolate muffins or a mincemeat tart topped with frangipani - see what you've started!

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  19. Oh the joy of Using Things Up. And I often (well, sometimes) wonder whether the plum puddings unsold by shops and manufacturers are put into careful storage to be sold as next year's extra-mature puddings at twice the price.

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  20. How happy I was to discover all these new posts! I was sad to see you on blogging hiatus, and I started reading other sorts of blogs. For some reason, today k craved a dose of your clear and colourful photos, delicious recipes, and mouthwatering menus. I hunted down your blog to revisit your wonderful posts, and discovered a treasure trove of new ones! I'll be back to enjoy your posts for as long as you are inclined to make them!

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  21. What a delicious looking cake, and what a good idea for using up ingredients left from Christmassy baking...kind of a Phoenix cake! Just the thing with a cup of tea on a cold day like this.

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