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Zodiac Kitchen


December 23 - January 19

This earthy and ambitious sign of the Goat is associated with the cold planet Saturn, ruler of time and form. Capricorns are career people, often working in large institutions where their self-discipline and sure-footedness are highly valued. They have a strong sense of history and a deep respect for tradition, but don't be fooled by their austere, aloof manner and love of proprieties. Those born under this sign have an underlying gentleness and dry humour which makes them true and long-lasting companions.

The Master Minds of the zodiac eat sensibly, but for birthday treats, nothing less than a 'proper' cake will do. This Farm House Fruit Cake is a classical combination of fruits. An expensive treat, but Capricorn is never pleased with anything less than the best!



  • 75g (3oz) margarine
  • 75g (3oz) castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 x 15ml spoon (1 tablespoon) milk
  • 1 x 15ml spoon (1 tablespoon) golden syrup
  • 50g (2oz) sultanas
  • 50g (2oz) raisins
  • 65g (2½ oz) glace cherries, chopped
  • 175g (6oz) self-raising flour, sieved with 1 x 2.5ml spoon (1/2 teaspoon) mixed spice

Method of preparation

Place all cake ingredients together in a mixing bowl and beat together with a wooden spoon until well mixed. Place in a greased and lined 15cm (6 inch) round cake tin previously lined with grease-proof paper. Smooth top. Bake in middle of a pre-heated oven at 180°C, 350°F, Gas No.4 for 1¼ - 1½ hours. Leave in tin top for 2-3 minutes, then turn out and cool on wire tray.





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