I am definitely going to make it again. If any of you would like to make it the recipe is as follows:
Cherry and Sultana Cake
Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees Celsius/325F/gas mark 3 and grease and line a 2 lb/900g loaf tin.
4 oz softened butter
4 oz caster sugar
3 medium eggs , lightly beaten
4 oz glace (candied) cherries, halved
12 oz sultanas
6 oz plain flour
a pinch of salt (but leave out if using salted butter)
Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs a little at a time. If mixture starts to curdle then add a little flour and continue to beat.
Toss the cherries and sultanas in a little of the flour to coat, then fold the remaining flour into the mixture with the salt if used. Stir in the cherries and sultanas.
Spoon the mixture into the tin and cook for about 1 hour 30 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Leave to rest in the tin for a few minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool down.