Wedding cake - light fruit cake

Wedding cake recipe for 24 people, takes only 15 mins; recipe has orange flower water, orange, lemon, unsalted butter, golden caster sugar, egg, plain flour, glace cherry, dried apricot, peel, sultana, pistachio and stem ginger.

Wedding cake - light fruit cake

Wedding cake - light fruit cake

Recipe by Chef Soomro Course: Wedding cake


Prep time

30 mins


  • Egg: 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Lemon: zest and juice 1 lemon
  • Orange: zest and juice 1 orange
  • Plain Flour: 175g plain flour
  • Unsalted Butter: 140g unsalted butter, softened
  • Sultana: 100g golden sultana
  • Golden Caster Sugar: 140g golden caster sugar
  • Dried Apricot: 100g dried apricot, roughly chopped
  • Pistachio: 50g shelled pistachio, left whole
  • Glace Cherry: 100g undyed glace cherry, halved
  • Stem Ginger: 50g (3 balls) stem ginger from a jar
  • Peel: 100g mixed peel, chopped (we used Sundora)
  • Orange Flower Water: 2 tbsp orange flower water


  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Grease and double-line the base and sides of a deep, 15cm cake tin. Wrap a double layer of greaseproof or brown paper around the outside of the tin, too, then secure with string.
  2. Using an electric whisk or a tabletop mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy and light. Beat in the eggs gradually. In a small bowl, mix the orange flower water with the zest and juice of the orange and lemon. Fold the flour, then dried fruit, pistachioes and ginger into the creamed mix, followed by the juice and zest mix.
  3. Spoon the mix into the prepared tin and bake for 30 mins, then turn oven down to 150C/ fan 130C/gas 2 and bake for another 1 hr 45 mins until risen, golden and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool for 15 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. The cake will keep well wrapped in a cool place for up to 1 month.