Sift the flour and baking powder once and keep aside.
Grease and dust your baking tin and line it will double parchment paper or butter paper. I used 8-inch round springfoam pan and a little batter was left as I didnt fill it as much as I could have.
Mix sugar and oil together till light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time and keep mixing till well blended.
Fold in the flour gently and than add the dried fruit mixture along with all the liquid slowly till just mixed.
Add the nuts and mix gently again.
Pour the batter into the pan you have prepared, level with a spoon and decorate with blanched almonds. I love the crispness they add to the baked cake.
Bake at 175 C for 30-40 mins and then reduce the temperature to 160C. Cover the cake with parchment paper or foil and bake again for 30-40 mins or till the skewer comes out clean.
Let it cool completely for 4-5 hours before removing the paper. Typically the cake is seasoned with rum a couple of times before eating, but we don't have so much patience in our household! So we just dig in!