1Soak fruit in copious amounts of brandy/sherry for at least 48hours...turning and stirring ..left longer the better.
Sift dry ingredients.
Cream butter and sugar and add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Mix fruit with flour.
Mix 1 tsp Bicarb soda with milk and add to mix ( this was my mums secret ingedient! ).
Grease and line large square cake tin with greasproof paper and alfoil 6" above tin.
Cook in a SLOW oven (150deg C to 160 deg C). For 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
Cool in tin, wrap in fresh alfoil and stash away somewhere so you won't smell it! YUMMO!!
Just before Christmas, Spread with apricot jam, thinly roll mazipan and place over jam. Make royal icing from icing sugar and egg white and spread over marzipan and decorate with Christmas things ...ENJOY!!