Continental Gala Cake

This cake recipe was given to me by a next door neighbour so I don’t know where it originated from.  I have cooked this cake as an alternative to a rich Christmas cake, but it could be used at any time where a fruit cake is required and those eating it do not like the traditional raisin and sultana dark fruit cake.

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Continental Gala Cake
An expensive cake to bake with the amount of butter and eggs called for but as a special occasion cake it lives up to it's promise when perusing the ingredients. It takes a bit of time to get it into the tin and then hours to cook but be assured the finished result is well worth the bother.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 120 minutes
Servings
1 cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 120 minutes
Servings
1 cake
Instructions
  1. Grease and line a 9" round tin with double thickness greased, greaseproof paper.
  2. Sift flour and salt into a bowl.
  3. Wash and dry glace cherries, cut in half.
  4. Wash and dry angelica and ginger and chop finely.
  5. Snip apricots into small pieces with scissors.
  6. Mix prepared fruits, peel and chopped nuts well together.
  7. Cream fat and sugar till light and fluffy. Add beaten eggs a little at a time beating in well between each addition.
  8. Stir in grated lemon zest.
  9. Fold in flour and salt with a metal spoon.
  10. Mix in prepared fruits.
  11. Turn into prepared tin and smooth over top.
  12. Bake in centre slow oven 300F/gas 2 for 1 1/2 hrs, then reduce heat to very slow 275F/gas1 for a further 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hrs - till well risen and cooked through.
  13. Cool in tin.
  14. Turn our and remove paper, prick cask with a skewer and pour in brandy or sherry. Wrap in foil and store in airtight tin.
  15. Can be made 2 - 3 weeks before required.
  16. Cover with almond paste alone or with royal icing.
Recipe Notes

Last year I couldn't get hold of any angelica from the supermarketC so increased the amount of cherries.  It is possible to buy angelica through on-line stores but I left it too late last Christmas, will have to be more on the ball this year.

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