Ketchers Mitts and Layovers Cake

READY IN: 7hrs 30mins
YIELD: 16 slices




  • .Buy a new washing up bowl.
  • soak the dried fruit in leftover tea from the teapot for 24hours.
  • soak the cherries in brandy.I keep in an airtight container and enjoy sniffing from time to time.
  • Line a 9 inch tin with two layers of greaseproof paper and grease the paper.
  • Strain the soaking fruit retaining the cherry brandy for feeding the cake when cooked.Mix the fruit with the flour salt and spice.
  • Cream the butter and sugar in your nice new washing up bowl.
  • Beat in eggs one at a time.
  • Stir in fruit and flour.
  • Add nuts.
  • add a little milk if necessary to achieve a dropping consistency.
  • Add coffee.
  • Put mixture in tin and smooth over.
  • Bake for 1.5 hours at gas mark 2.
  • Reduce to gas mark 1/2 for 1.5 hours.
  • finish at gas mark 1/4 allowing 5 to 5.5 hours altogether.
  • Have friends in for coffee while its cooking.
  • Cool in tin.
  • feed with saved cherry brandy until all the brandy has gone.Can be done in a week but is better done over longer.
  • Ice as desired.