This is a long procedure, but well worth the trouble. A great cake. Makes about 11 pounds.
INGREDIENTS (for 1 servings):
- 2 3/4 cups golden raisins
- 2 cups dried currants
- 1 cup orange zest
- 6 ounces candied lemon peel
- 3/4 cup chopped candied citron
- 1/3 cup candied angelica
- 1/3 cup red candied cherries
- 1/3 cup green candied cherries
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 4 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground mace
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 cups butter, softened
- 2 cups white sugar
- 10 eggs, separated
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/3 cup sherry
- 1 cup sherry
Place raisins and currants in a bowl, and add enough water to just cover them. Soak overnight.
Chop orange and lemon peel quite fine; do the same with the citron, angelica, and both types of cherries. Pour 1/2 cup brandy over fruit, and allow to stand overnight.
Sift together flour, mace, and nutmeg.
Beat egg yolks until thick and light, then beat in 1 cup of sugar a little at a time. Stir in lemon juice. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
In a large bowl, cream the butter, and then add 1 cup sugar a little at a time; beat until smooth. Combine yolk mixture with creamed mixture. Add flour and 1/3 cup sherry alternately to the creamed mixture. Stir in all the fruit, and fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour batter into a well greased and floured 10 inch mold or tube pan. This cake can also be made in 2 large loaf pans.
Place a pan of hot water in the bottom of a preheated 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven. Place cake pans in oven, and bake about 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C); continue baking 100 minutes for large cake, or 40 minutes for loaf cakes. Cakes are done when a toothpick comes out dry. Turn cake(s) out on rack to cool.
Wrap cake(s) in cheesecloth soaked in sherry, and store in airtight container for a month or more. If the cheesecloth dries out in the mellowing period soak it again with the same spirits, and rewrap the cake.