I decided to take a chance on this recipe, because it had such good reviews. I have to keep to gluten free foods. When I saw that someone had managed to tweek it, and still have good results I decided to try it with gluten free flour, I did add a quarter teasp. of g/free baking powder, to the g/free self raising flour - just to give it a boost with all the sugar and the 'syrup' in the mincemeat. I also swapped sultanas for currants, cut up dried apricots for the cherries, and added about 2 tablespoons of brandy, stirred into the mincemeat, before mixing with the other ingredients. G/free flour can do with a touch extra moisture. Not sure whether it was anything to do with the different flour, but the cake was done in 1hr 20 mins, and is lovely! The best gluten free fruit cake I've ever made in 14 years since having to use this diet!!. I am only gluten 'intolerant',...I'm ok with the miniscule amount there may be in manufactured mincemeat, plus I won't be eating the whole cake! It is for the family too.
Note to ceoliacs, It is important, you must use gluten free mincemeat, - flour in manufactured mincemeat may be used on the suet during processing. Watch the labels.