If you like your fruit cake to be drier, you can cook it for up to 5 hours.
You can omit the alcohol entirely and replace it with orange juice.
Don’t panic if the mixture splits before you add the flour – it will come back together.
To store wrap well in baking paper then place in a sealed tin or wrap in tinfoil. This cake will store for a very long time at room temperature, and is best made at least a month in advance, but can be eaten fresh.