In colonial days, election days were very much celebrated. Celebration included speeches, parades, and festive food; of course, celebration is synonym of good food. One of the most characterisitc foods was a cake full of raisins and candied citrus peel, very much in the British tradition of fruit cakes.
- Heat the milk until close to boiling point. You can stop when steam comes from the pan. Pour the milk into a large bowl.
- Put the warm water into the measuring cup and sprinkle in the yeast; no need to stir. Let stand until foam comes out, about 5 minutes. Add to the milk.
- Add whole wheat flour to the milk mixture. Mix until smooth. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it stand in a warm place for about 1 hour, the batter will rise and bubbles will appear.
- Grease a cake pan with butter.
- Sift all-purpose flour, salt, cinnamon, mace, nutmeg, and cloves. Reserve for later.
- In another large bowl, cream the margarine and sugar together until fluffy. Add the eggs and mix thoroughly. Stir in now the batter previously let to rise.
- Add the dry ingredients gradually, mixing every time until well blended and smooth. You should get a thick batter.
- Stir in the dried fruit pieces, raisins, candied peel, and almond slivers.
- Turn the mixture into the greased pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise for about 2 hours in a warm place.
- When the dough is almost ready, preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake in the middle self for 50-55 minutes. Allow it to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before taking the cake out. Let it cool completely before serving.
- A wooden spoon works best to mix the batter and dough.
- You can use margerine or vegetable shortening instead of butter to grease the pan, or, the quickest way to do it, cooking oil spray.
- The inside of the microwave can be a good spot to let the cake dough rise. No drafts there!
- For this size, use a 10-inch cake pan. The cake dough will be ready for baking when it almost reaches the top of the pan.
- Use your favorite dried fruits for the filling: prunes, apricots, cranberries, blueberries, whatever you like.