225g each semi-dried figs and prunes, roughly chopped
200g tub crystallised ginger
100g stem ginger, from a jar, chopped
2 tbsp stem ginger syrup
4 tbsp Cointreau
1 tsp each ground ginger and mixed spice
zest 2 lemons
150ml olive oil
175g light muscovado sugar
225g gluten-free flour
1 tsp gluten-free baking powder
4 tbsp apricot jam
1 tbsp Cointreau
450g mixed fruit, including figs, prunes, dates and apricots
Heat oven to 140C/fan 120C/gas 1. Lightly oil a 71a„2cm deep, 25cm round cake tin, and line it with a double layer of baking parchment.
Mix the dried fruits, ginger and syrup, Cointreau, spices and lemon zest. Put the olive oil, sugar and eggs in a bowl, whisk together until light and fluffy. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture and tip in the fruit. Fold and stir together well.
Spoon the mixture into the cake tin. Bake in the centre of the oven for 2-21a„2 hrs, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cover with foil if the cake begins to over-brown. Take from the oven and leave to cool in the tin. Remove, leaving the baking parchment in place until you decorate.
For the topping: warm the jam and Cointreau together until the jam is liquid, allow to cool. Arrange the fruit on the cake and brush with the jam.