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Just as you wouldn’t cover a cake baked in a
traditional oven, NEVER cover your cakes.
Always use the exact dish size stated in the
following recipes, otherwise cooking times
and results will be affected.
Cakes cooked by microwave need to be well
mixed, but not over beaten. Generally it is
unnecessary to cream butter and sugar or
beat eggs in an electric mixer or food
processor. Do not attempt to cook
whisked/fatless sponges, or any cakes
containing whisked egg white.
The following recipes have been tested using
medium eggs. Using a different size of egg
may affect cooking times.
800 g (1 lb 12 oz) currants
375 g (13 oz) sultanas
375 g (13 oz) raisins
250 g (9 oz) glacé cherries
150 g (5 oz) almonds, flaked
600 g (1 lb 5 oz) plain flour
5 ml (1 tsp) mixed spice
5 ml (1 tsp) cinnamon
500 g (1 lb 2 oz) butter or margarine
500 g (1 lb 2 oz) sugar
lemon, grated rind of
45 ml (3 tbsp) brandy
Dish: 27 cm (11") round tin, greased and lined Oven Accessory: glass turntable +
metal tray + low rack
1. Prepare the tin by lining with a double layer of greaseproof paper on the inside and tie a
double band of brown paper around the outside.
2. Mix together all the fruit and nuts.
3. Sift flour and spices.
4. Cream the butter, sugar and lemon rind until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time,
beating well after each addition.
5. Fold in half the flour using a metal spoon, then fold in the rest and add the brandy. Lastly fold
in the fruit.
6. Spoon mixture into the tin and spread evenly, removing all air pockets. Make a small dip in
7. Cook in a pre-heated oven on Convection 140°C for 2 hrs. then reduce temperature to
130°C for 2
hours or until cooked. To avoid overbrowning on top, cover with several
thicknesses of greaseproof paper secured with cocktail sticks after 1
hours. Leave cake to
cool in tin and store wrapped tightly in tin foil for approx. 1-2 months before use.
175 g (6 oz) butter or margarine
175 g (6 oz) caster sugar
175 g (6 oz) self-raising flour
Dish: 20 cm (8") cake tin, greased and lined Oven Accessory: glass turntable +
metal tray + low rack
1. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs a little at a time beating well after
2. Fold in half the flour, using a metal spoon, then fold in the remaining flour.
3. Spoon the mixture into the tin and level with a knife.
4. Cook in a pre-heated oven on Convection 180°C for 30-35 mins. or until cooked.
5. When the cake is cool, cut in half horizontally and sandwich together with cream and jam
and dust with icing sugar or fill with a filling of your choice.