Makes 16 slices, takes 10 mins to prepare, cooks in 40 mins and is easy peasy!
175g (6oz) butter or margarine
100g (3 1/2 oz) caster sugar
3 medium eggs
250g (8oz) self-raising flour
Grated zest and chopped flesh of 1 large orange
250g (8oz) white marzipan, coarsely grated
Icing (if desired)
100g (3 1/2 oz) icing sugar
1-2 tbsp orange juice
15g (1/2 oz) chopped pistachio nuts or toasted almonds
Set the oven to gas mark 4 or 180° C (175°C for fan assisted). Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, beat in the eggs one at a time, with a tbsp of the flour, then beat in the orange zest and roughly chopped orange flesh. Fold in the rest of the flour and grate into this half of the marzipan. Mix together.
Spread the mixture into the tin and sprinkle the top with the rest of the grated marzipan. Bake for 35-40 mins. Leave in the tin for 10 mins to cool, then cool on a wire rack. Cut into 16 slices.
To serve now: Mix the icing sugar and orange juice to make a glace icing. Drizzle over the cake slices and sprinkle with nuts.
To freeze: Pack slices into a rigid container, interleaving with baking paper. Seal, label and freeze. Use within three months (if you can wait that long).
To serve from freezer: Take out slices, thaw at room temperature, then ice and decorate them as above. For speed you can defrost a few at a time in the microwave (they only need a few seconds).
150 g butter at room temperature 150 g sugar 2 eggs 225g self raising flour 75 g sultanas 1 mincemeat jar (400g)
A 23 cm round baking tin
Butter your baking tin and preheat your oven to 160 °C. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar. Add the eggs and mix. Add the self raising flour, the raisins, the mincemeat and mix well. Pour the mixture into your tin, level the surface and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. A skewer inserted in the center should come out clean. Allow to cool for 20 minutes, then remove from the tin and allow to cool on a wired rack.
This cake will keep for 10 days and even improves with time. (if you can wait that long!)