The good news is, we are celebrating Chinese New Year in a few weeks' time so I have some good excuse to do some festive baking.
This weekend, whilst everyone else is busy with spring cleaning, I assigned myself the task to bake some Genoa cake inspired loaf cake - with a few adjustments made so that it's less Christmassy (minus the glacé cherries) but more Chinese New Year feel (orange zest instead of lemon).
For the cake mix: 250g unsalted butter, softened
250g plain flour, sifted with 2 teaspoons of baking powder
5 eggs, lightly beaten
70g ground almond
600g (in total) of random mixed fruits I can find in the house:
- dried apricot, cut into small chunks - black raisins
- dried cranberries
- a can of pineapple in syrup (strained), cut into small chunks
For decorating the top:
- Some halved blanched almonds - Some halved wal…