Sophisticated Fig and Date Celebration Cake

Sophisticated Fig and Date Celebration Cake

I made this cake at Christmas – It was so good.  Simple to make and stunning.

You can make this cake as an adult alternative to a fruit cake – it keeps well (at least 1 month) in an airtight container.

  • 125g       soft unsalted butter
  • 150g       dark brown soft sugar
  • 100g       black treacle
  • 3              medium eggs
  • 50ml      ruby port
  • 2 tsp      ground ginger
  • 1 tsp      mixed spice
  • 125g       dried figs
  • 125g       dates
  • 17g         seedless raisins
  • 100g       glace ginger (note 1)
  • 100g       shelled pistachios
  • 200g       plain flour
  • ¼ tsp     bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 – 2 tbsp             dark rum or brandy

Note 1 – if you don’t like glace ginger add dates, figs and raisins to 100g


  1. Preheat oven to 180 ̊C or 160 ̊C for fan ovens (gas mark 4)
  2. Line a 7cm deep 19cm loaf tin or similar with non stick baking paper
  3. Beat butter and sugar until smooth
  4. Add treacle – continue beating until smooth
  5. Add the eggs one at a time and beat
  6. Add port and spices – stir into mixture
  7. Stir in dry ingredients and nuts
  8. Sift in flour and bicarbonate and stir well
  9. Spoon into tin and cook for 1h 30 mins or until a skewer come out clean

When cooked leave to cool but you can add rum evenly over the top

Optional icing use sugar paste (approx 450g) and decorate


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