This 4 ingredient fruit cake is simple to make and better still, it is gluten free.
What Do You Need?
To make this 4 ingredient fruit cake you will need a bowl in order to soak the fruit overnight. You will also need to cover the bowl with cling film.
Try and use a large bowl that is big enough to mix the whole cake batter in, otherwise you will need to transfer the fruit to a larger bowl after it has been soaked.
You will need a spring form cake tin that is around 9 inches in size. Grease and line the tin with parchment paper.
You don’t need a whisk, a stand mixer or an electric hand whisk to make this cake. All you need is a sieve and a spoon.
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Tips And Tricks
This is a very simple recipe with only 4 ingredients. However, if you want to make sure that it comes out perfectly, follow these tips and tricks.
- Soaking the Fruit – You have to be patient when you are soaking the fruit. You cannot rush this step as it is very important that the fruit is moist. If the fruit is too dry, then it could burn. The moisture from the fruit also gives moisture to the cake, preventing it from being too dry.
- Sifting the Flour – This is a very simple cake batter with limited ingredients. If there are lumps in the flour then you will end up with bits of flour in the cake that haven’t cooked properly. Make sure you use a sieve to sift the flour as you are adding it to the fruit to ensure that your cake has no lumps.
- Mixing – The fruit and the flour need to be very well combined. Make sure you stir the ingredients well so that all of the flour is mixed in and all of the fruit is coated.
- Browning the Cake – Some people like their fruit cake to have a nicely browned surface. This will go sticky once the cake has cooled down. It is difficult to control the browning of the cake and to stop it from burning. If you cover the cake with foil half way through cooking, this should prevent the top from browning too much.
- Checking the Cake – To check if the cake is cooked give the tin a gentle wobble. The cake should be firm and shouldn’t wobble. You can also gently press the top of the cake to check for firmness. You can also use a wooden skewer and insert it into the centre of the cake.
This easy to prepare Almond Meal Cake is also gluten free.
How To Decorate This Cake
There are lots of options for decorating this fruit cake. Here are some ideas.
- Dusting – A very simple decoration is to dust the cake with icing sugar once it has completely cooled.
- Nuts – You could add nuts to the top of the cake around 30 minutes before it is fully cooked. Alternatively you can decorate the cake with caramelised nuts after it is cooked.
- Glaze – You could make a simple glaze out of icing sugar and water. You could also add almond flavouring or orange flavouring.
- Frosting – A thick, creamy frosting would be a decadent way to decorate this cake. In fact, our Perfect Buttercream would be a good option.
If you avoid gluten in our diet, give one of our Gluten-Free Chocolate Chia Cake Recipes a try
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