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Fruit & Nut Loaf Cake

Due to some reasons, there was almost no baking done this Christmas except for the hardly Christmassy scone cookies just for the sake of feeling festive. 
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
80g sugar
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…

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