Vanilla Fruitcake

This is a light fruitcake, which goes down well for afternoon tea (if you have such a thing) or a coffee morning.. the base flavour is vanilla but this can be left out if you don't like it.

125g Caster Sugar
125g Butter (or margarine)
3 Eggs
1/2 tsp baking powder
150g mixed fruit
1 tsp Vanilla Bean paste (trust me this doesn't work as well with cheaper essences)
Brown Demerara sugar for topping the cake before baking

Sift the flour and baking powder together and stir in the fruit... ensure it is coated.

Beat the sugar and butter together until light and creamy, beat each egg in well to the butter/sugar mixture and then beat in the Vanilla Bean paste.

Fold in the flour and fruit mixture and pour into a cake tin, I use an 8inch cake tin with paper liners but whatever you have will work. Smooth out the top of the cake with a spoon.

Sprinkle the demerara sugar on top of the cake mixture and put it in a pre-heated overn of 180 deg C or Gas mark 4 for about 45 mins or until cooked through.

Leave to cool in the tin... this is hard because it smells so nice but trust me it is worth it.