Bake your best fruitcake ever!

We’ve found the perfect ingredient to guarantee the best results with your festive-season cake

A fruitcake is the perfect family treat during the festive season. Although they can be daunting to bake, Sasko has the perfect solution for time-strapped moms and novice bakers – a recipe that is easy to follow and doesn’t take a lot of preparation time. Because Sasko has been around for more than 80 years, it understands the importance of giving South Africans the sustenance they need without compromising on taste.


Sasko Fruitcake

Serves 12  


  • 200g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 200g dark muscovado sugar
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 200g Sasko Self-raising Wheat Flour
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 apples, grated (about 100g each)
  • 300g mixed sultanas and raisins
  • pecan nuts and glacé cherries, to decorate



  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Butter and line the bottom of a deep, round 20cm-diameter cake pan with greaseproof paper.
  3. Using an electric hand beater, beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until it’s thick and pale.
  4. Add the eggs and golden syrup and beat for 1 minute.
  5. Sift in the flour, mixed spice and baking powder. Mix well.
  6. Add the grated apples and sultanas and raisins, and gently fold in until evenly combined.
  7. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until the cake is dark golden and springy to the touch, and has shrunk away from the pan slightly. A skewer or knife inserted into the centre of the cake will come out clean when it’s ready.
  8. Cool completely before decorating with pecan nuts and glacé cherries.



* Baking the cake sooner rather than later not only eliminates stress during your holidays but will also allow for the flavours of the fruit and spice to really mature.

* If you ice your Sasko cake, you can either keep it wrapped up in an airtight container for up to a week after icing it, or it can be frozen for up to a month before being iced if you’re really good at prepping for the holidays!

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