For a 9in 23cm cake


  1. Soak the fruit (not the cherries) in the brandy for a week
  2. Grease and line the deep tin with greaseproof and preheat the oven to gas 3
  3. Mix all the ingredients and then add in the fruit. Add some of the orange juice if it seems to dry.
  4. Bake in the oven for one hour at gas 3 and then reduce to gas 1 for a further 3 hours
  5. Check occasionally – a skewer should come out clean