Monday, 24 February 2014

Winter Olympics 2014 and Apricot, Almond and Marzipan Fruit Cake

If my baking was solely influenced by my telly viewing habits, this week I'd be presenting you with a Winter Olympic themed cake. For the past thirteen days I've been addicted to Sochi 2014

Of course the same happened with London 2012. And pretty much every single sporting competition I've ever watched since learning how a TV remote control works. The difference with Sochi is that I've absolutely no idea what I'm watching. The 'double corks' in the halfpipe appear to defy gravity and I worry desperately for the knee joints of the mogul participants. The snowboarding cross is ludicrous and brilliantly fun to watch from the comfort and safety of the sofa. And despite watching twenty three hours straight of curling earlier this week I've still no clue what 'the hammer' is or the difference between 'cleaning and sweeping' the stone thing.

With the exception of Sue 'cool-as-a-ice-skating-cucumber' Barker, I reckon I just get wrapped up in the commentator's overwhelming joy and excitement. Sample commentary: 

"SHE HAS ABSOLUTELY RIPPED THE LID OF IT!!!.... "I'm sure it's a medal," ...  "ITS A MEDAL!!"

(In actual fact, British Ski slope style competitor Katie Summerhayes came seventh in the end. Ah well). 

What on earth will I do this time next week when it's all over? 

I know: I'll be bobsleighing on a tea tray down Primrose Hill in a shell suit recreating my 'Winter Olympic Favourite Moments'.

Anyway, here's a cake:

Apricot, Almond and Marzipan Fruit Cake

This is based almost entirely on this recipe from BBC Good Food. This is a lovely, light crumbly fruit cake with a crunchy nut topping. 

Baker's notes...

I made a few tweaks to the original recipe:

  • I used orange juice rather than sherry to soak the sultanas
  • I reduced the amount of sugar from 250g to 200g 
  • I added a layer of marzipan in the middle, similar to a Simnel Cake really


  1. The almond crust looks amazing.

  2. Love the look of the topping. I am now an expert in snow/ski cross and think that all skiing would be improved by making them races, rather than against the clock

  3. I couldn't agree more about the racing, imagine all the bobsleighers going at the same time, racing one another!

  4. Watching Sochi from the heat down under we were very pleased with our entrants for the games albeit medals were few and far between. You do worry about the knees, the back and the arthritis in later years. But then you would stuff yourself with this medal winning cake - love that pie type topping.


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