Prince Maurice’s Fruit Cake
Preparation time: 35 minutes
Cooking time : 50 minutes
Preheat oven to 160 °C.
Whisk the butter and icing sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one by one, still whisking, until you get a smooth batter. If the batter is not smooth enough, whisk it over a pan of simmering water for a few moments.
Break the cardamom pods in 2, extract the seeds. Mix the flour, baking powder, cardamom seeds, raisins, figs and walnuts. Add this to the batter.
Butter a cake tin and cover the inside with parchment paper; the paper should cover the bottom and two long sides of the tin, and reach slightly higher than the edges of the tin to facilitate unmoulding. Bake for about 50 minutes. Test doneness by inserting a thin knife blade into the cake: it should come out clean.
Once the cake is out of the oven, unmould it and let it cool on a rack.
Baking this cake in a low oven enhances all the flavours, particularly the sweet butter taste.