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Sharing Time — A Soldier’s Cake

This was sent to us and I thought I’d share:

How nice to know that Bake Me A Wish does all the baking and sending for you… and nary a fruitcake in sight! I like how it doesn’t mention how much brandy to add. Do you think Nana O’Carroll had a heavy hand?

This is a family favourite inherited from my Nana O’Carroll. We have always called it The Soldiers Cake. This is because Nana discovered it during World War II when cake tins were made available in which to bake, pack, and send fruit cakes to soldiers. This recipe was on the tin …

Ingredients – 6oz butter; 6oz sugar; 3 eggs; 8oz sultanas; 8oz raisins; 2oz mixed peel; 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon; 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg; 1/4 teaspoons mixed spice; 1/2 tablespoon golden syrup; 3oz self-raising flour; 6oz plain flour; 1/4 teaspoon salt; 1/4 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon water; brandy. Method – Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and beat well. Beat in golden syrup. Add sultanas, raisins, and mixed peel. Fold in flour to which has been added cinnamon, nutmeg, mixed spice, and salt. Lastly add brandy and baking powder mixed in a tablespoon of water. Bake in a very moderate oven for two hours.

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