Fruit cake and fruit scones

In a previous post about the tasty contents of my Christmas box, I missed out the fruit cake component because I hadn’t yet tried it.

I can now report that the cake has been consumed, and slipped down nicely with some Ceylon Orange Pekoe tea.

Here’s the cake as it was when whole: a round of fruit-filled cakiness decorated with a thick lid of fondant icing and a gold snowflake supporting a white star:

On cutting into it a layer of marzipan was revealed between icing and cake:

This piece of cake might look quite small, which it was, but it was also very rich:

It was stuffed with cherries, sultanas, raisins, apricots, brandy and other delicious ingredients:

As I was writing this post, I felt inspired to bake.

Initially I thought I’d make a fruit cake but, given the inordinately long time it takes to cook, I opted for the quick fix of fruit scones instead:


66 thoughts on “Fruit cake and fruit scones

    • Thank you Linda! Those cups and saucers were an absolute bargain in a second hand shop. I bought them with the intention of selling them on at a fair, but nobody bought them so I’m happy to hang onto them. I’m having a cup of tea in a china teacup with my scone right now, very civilised.

  1. That Christmas cake looks SO good! As do your scones. If I hadn’t already made a cake this morning, I would have to do so after reading this! I’m glad the Christmas cake was nice – it does look very moist and packed with fruit. A lovely time to enjoy it, with some spring sunshine outside! Love your tea set too, not surprised you decided to keep it!

  2. Whenever I visit your blog, I leave hungry for those luscious treats you capture so well. At least I’m not adding pounds through my eyes! Delicious looking delicacies-wish I was there to sample πŸ™‚ Sandi

  3. I have never cared for fruitcake, and most of the people I know don’t particularly like it! I grew up in the deep South (USA) and the ‘older’ generation always served fruit cake when we stopped by! Perhaps because we only tasted it during the holidays, it seemed too foreign for us?

    The one featured in this post looks worthy of casting aside lifelong opinions and trying it again!

  4. I’m also from the South, and fruitcake has been a subject of holiday humor all my life. I’ve tried what we have here-and it’s horrible. What YOU describe sounds yummy!
    And where did you get the tea set? Absolutely beautiful.

    • I’m surprised by this holiday humour aspect of fruit cake, we’ve completely missed out on that in the UK. The tea set was purchased in a second hand shop in a small town called Dunfermline in Fife, Scotland. It wasn’t a complete set but there were 19 pieces, so plenty really. The gold on some of the cups is a bit worn, but nonetheless it was an absolute bargain.

  5. What a pretty fruitcake Lorna and I love the china! I am not a fan of fruitcake simply because I am one of those weird people who dislike raisins and sultanas. When I do make it, I use more cherries and other dried fruit like cranberries instead of raisins. (but then it isn’t the traditional fruit cake) Your scones look fabulous. I would love to pop over for a cup of tea with you.

    • Thanks Darlene, that’s not weird, I’ve met other people who don’t like them. Quite tricky at Christmas I would imagine, with them being sneaked into all sorts of things. I think cranberries and cherries are an excellent substitution, and you would be more than welcome to pop in for tea. I would make some cherry scones specially. πŸ™‚

  6. This is one of my favorite holiday desserts! Orange pekoe sounds fantastic too!
    Looks very decadent and delicious.You got to post the recipe for your scones every time you bake these delicious treats and visually treat our craving appetites πŸ™‚

  7. I wish I had Wonkavision on my laptop. You know, where you can just reach in and help yourself, like in the first Chocolate Factory movie?

  8. You’re such a tease, Lorna!!! I just wanted to lick my computer screen that cake looked so good…

    And then you made scones. Pah. Now all I can think about is scones and tea. Mind you, that’s a lovely thought to have. {{{HUGS}}} xoxo

  9. oh wow, how absolutely lovely. your side picture of the cake is superb …. all that delicious moist cake and marzipan and icing. yum yum.

  10. The fruit cake looks so delicious! Your scones look wonderful. I like what you wrote in another post about proper “stretch marks” on the side of a scone. Your scone is definitely an A+ from the looks of it. I shared the link to your blog with my sisters and now they read it too.

    • Thank you Julia, that’s a rating I hardly think my scones deserve but it’s jolly nice of you to give me it. Thank you also for sharing my blog with your sisters, I’m delighted to hear that they’re reading it too.

  11. Lorna, I love your cups and saucers. I can’t believe they are second hand, they are beautiful, why would someone have given them away?
    The cake looks delicious as do your scones.

    • Thanks Heather, I don’t know but perhaps someone was down-sizing. I wonder for how much longer these sorts of things will appear in charity shops because they’ve belonged to a generation that’s dying off. My grandparents’ and parents’ generation took care of things in a way that’s often lacking now. Dishwashers often damage china and the modern love of one-use disposable items makes people careless sometimes.

  12. Hahaha, I was so hungry for the food I cannot have right now that i slipped back to your blog and trawled through all the cake and scone and toastie pics. It was almost as good as eating πŸ˜€ Much love to you, lovely Lorna xoxo

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