I used to make this every year and I absolutely love it! When we moved to Queensland for 8 years, I made it the first year - 4 times! Because we left the grown-up kids in Victoria, and hubby doesn't often eat cake, I ATE THE LOT - 4 times! Haven't made it since as I obviously can't trust myself. I reckon it's more like a fruit and nut bar than a cake, but is perfect for Aussie Xmases, with our seafood and salad/bbq type Xmas dinners. Heavy puddings just don't go with food like that. Beverley.
When I was making it, I thought, oh my goodness, there's almost no batter! but what there is is ample to bind together this rich mixture of fruit and nuts in a dense traditional taste explosion. I have only had little pieces, not being a huge cake lover, but I have very much enjoyed this rich treat, it is not overly sweet .. hard to describe, but I would say, a perfect festive fruit cake, albeit very rich! My DH loves it, he has been working his way through it, sometimes treating himself to some brandy custard poured over it, sometimes having it just like that, with a glass of milk. I lined the cake tin with baking paper, and baked as described, perfect. Thank you for an amazing cake, Joy, suddenly the annual Christmas Cake has become an easy and decadent treat!
Greetings from Portugal. Mmm this sounds almost like a Xmas fruit cake, I love fruit cakes, they keep so well.I'm only giving 4 stars because I haven't tried it yet, but I'm getting to it this afternoon. Thank you for posting.