Dried Fruit, Nut & Seed Cake


  • 6 oz dates
  • 4 oz dried apricots
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 oz raisins
  • 4 oz butter at room temperature
  • 4 oz castor sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Juice and peel of one orange
  • 4 oz all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup sweetened desiccated coconut
  • 2 oz chopped cashew nuts


  • Add dates and apricots to a bowl and add hot water.  Sprinkle baking soda on top and cover and leave for about 20 – 30 minutes
  • Drain the water from the dates-apricots and chop them into very small pieces and leave aside
  • Sift flour and baking powder and set aside.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350F
  • Generously butter a 9x9x2 inch cake pan and set aside
  • Add butter and sugar to a bowl and beat with an electric mixer on speed 2.
  • Add one egg at a time and beat until soft and the mix looks glace
  • Add vanilla extract, orange juice, orange peel and beat on low speed
  • Now beat in flour and date mixture alternately in 3 batches
  • Add coconut, sesame seeds and cashew nuts and mix well
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about one hour or the tooth pick inserted comes out clean


  • Cool on a wire-rack

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