Buttermilk Fruit and Nut Cake

    1 hour

    A great cake with lots of spices, sultanas and walnuts is baked then topped with an amazing icing that includes walnuts, sultanas and coconut.

    10 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • Cake
    • 4 cups (500g) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 cup sultanas
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts
    • 1 cup (90g) desiccated coconut
    • 2 cups (440g) white sugar
    • 375g butter
    • 2 cups any flavour fruit jam
    • 1 cup (250g) buttermilk
    • 4 egg whites
    • Icing
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) evaporated milk
    • 2 cups (420g) white sugar
    • 125g butter
    • 2 cups chopped walnuts
    • 2 cups sultanas
    • 2 cups (185) desiccated coconut

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Cake: Preheat oven to 165 degrees C. Grease and flour 3 20cm cake tins.
    2. Mix flour, bicarb soda, cloves and cinnamon then add sultanas, walnuts and coconut. Mix well then set aside.
    3. Cream sugar and butter. Stir in jam. Add buttermilk alternately with flour mixture mixing with a spoon until all is used up ending with flour mixture.
    4. In a separate bowl beat egg whites until they hold a peak. Fold into other mixture. Pour into prepared cake tins.
    5. Bake approximately 30 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool and frost.
    6. Icing: Mix yolks until they are broken up and smooth then add 1/2 cup of the evaporated milk and mix together until well combined.
    7. Add rest of evaporated milk, sugar and butter. Cook until thick then remove from heat.
    8. Stir in nuts, sultanas and coconut. Cool slightly while beating mixture with a spoon. Spread on cooled cake.

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    AMALGAMATION is right! Took an AMALGAMATION of ingredients! :-) I tried this the other day and it was WELL worth it! Will have to make another, because I am going to take it to the Church dinner next Sunday. Thanks!  -  05 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I took this to my favorite charity's first ever CAKE AUCTION.People were bidding like crazy. The cake finally went for $51.25. I guess that says something about this fabulously unique and tasty treat! Thanks for sharing Glenda.  -  18 Sep 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Really good fruity cake. More work than I usually like to put in (I'm seriously into one-pot cookery!). Icing too sweet for me but made it look really impressive. Well liked by everyone who tasted it.  -  07 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)