Walnut, Orange and Cardamom Christmas Cakes

These light and elegant cakes are the ultimate festive puds! INGREDIENTS 250 grams candied orange peel strips 250 grams fresh dates, pitted 125 grams pitted prunes 180 grams toasted walnut halves 90 grams ground almonds 1⁄2 cup orange-flavoured liqueur 250 grams butter, softened 1 tbsp finely grated orange zest 220 grams firmly packed dark brown sugar 90 grams honey 4 eggs 225 grams cake flour 2 tsp ground cardamom 1⁄2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1⁄4 cup orange-flavoured liqueur,extra 1 kg ready-made white fondant Cornflour, for dusting 115 grams marmalade, warmed, sieved CANDIED WALNUTS 110 grams caster sugar 2 tbsp water 100 grams toasted walnuts METHOD PREHEAT the oven to 170°C. Grease 8 (9x6cm) round cake tins and line with baking paper that extends over the sides of the tins. CHOP orange peel, dates and prunes into 1cm pieces and mix with walnuts, almonds and liqueur. BEAT butter and zest together until smooth. Mix in the sugar and honey until combined. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating until just combined. Add in the fruit mixture and mix well. Sift in flour, cardamom and bicarb and mix to form a batter. SPOON mixture into prepared pans. BAKE cakes for 1 hr … Continue reading Walnut, Orange and Cardamom Christmas Cakes