Boiled fruit cake

    1 hour 50 min

    This is a Northern Ireland recipe given to me by my mum many years ago! You don't boil the cake, just the ingredients before you bake it.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 250ml (8 fl oz) water
    • 900g (2 lb) dried mixed fruit
    • 225g (8 oz) caster sugar
    • 170g (6 oz) butter
    • 230g (8 oz) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon of mixed spice
    • 2 eggs, beaten

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Extra time:10min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 150 C / Gas mark 2. Grease a 900g (2 lb) loaf tin, and line with baking parchment.
    2. Combine the water, dried fruit, sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally, and boil gently for about 10 minutes.
    3. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice into a large bowl. Pour in the boiled mixture, and stir until well blended. Mix in the eggs.
    4. Pour into the greased loaf tin.
    5. Bake for 90 minutes in the preheated oven, until a skewer or knife inserted into the top comes out clean.
    6. Cool cake in the tin for at least 10 minutes before removing.


    This actually tastes better a day or so after baking.

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    I made this recipe today as a surprise for my husband. It really appealed because I don't like the booziness of some fruit cakes and this didn't have any! It took about 15 minutes from starting to get it in the oven including boiling time. I have to agree with others that have said it won't fit into a 1lb loaf tin - I used a 20cm round tin and it was perfect! I only used 500g dried fruit mix as thats all I had but that is more than adequate. We like a lot of spice so I added 3tsps of mixed spice and also 3tbsp's of golden syrup with fantastic Christmas flavour results, might even add more next time as it was still quite mild. I don't usually like fruit cake but this is simply wonderful. It's moist, heavy and beautiful. I'm going to purchase some more fruit mix and make a few more cakes for friends and family. Fantastic recipe and has been added to my favourites, it's one that will be used year after year after year... I'd like to add also that this will be used as Christmas Cake for us. A real money saver as well as delicious! MARGE:--- If you feel like using the amounts in my review and the 20-22cm round tin, my cake was cooked in exactly 90 minutes at 150C. Hope this helps hun, don't be disheartened!! xx  -  08 Nov 2011


    Something else. instead of using water use cold tea in it's place, a lot more juicier  -  30 Nov 2008


    Used different ingredients. I used 8 fluid ozs of Cold Tea instead of just water Fabulous flavour  -  08 Mar 2010