Easy to make boiled fruit cake

    1 hour 50 min

    This is another family tradition recipe that has been passed down to me. It's so easy and totally delicious that you'll want to make this over and over again. The recipe technique for this boiled fruit cake makes an exquisite moist cake. I hope you enjoy as much as everyone has in our family.


    Berkshire, England, UK
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    Serves: 8 

    • 110g (4 oz) margarine
    • 225g (8 oz) mixed dried fruit
    • 170g (6 oz) brown sugar
    • 3 teaspoons mixed spice
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 225ml (8 fl oz) water
    • 2 tablespoons amaretto liqueur
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 225g (8 oz) self raising flour
    • 1 pinch salt

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:30min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and line a 20cm (8 in) cake tin.
    2. In a saucepan, combine the margarine, dried fruit, sugar, mixed spice, bicarbonate of soda and water. At this point add the liqueur. Mix together and bring ingredients to the boil. Continue to mix for a further 2 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave the mixture to cool for about 30 minutes.
    3. Once the mixture is cool add the beaten eggs. Next fold in the flour and the salt. Gently mix the ingredients together and then carefully pour into your cake tin.
    4. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes then check. Place a skewer into the centre of the cake after 45 minutes. If skewer comes out clean your cake is baked, if not continue to bake for a few more minutes. The top will be golden brown and the whole kitchen will be infused with the smell of delicious spices. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before slicing and serving.


    This year I have decided to use this recipe as the base for my Christmas cakes! Try adding marzipan and icing sugar for the complete finish.

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    So easy to make, rich and moist wowed my husband with it. So tasty. I used demerera sugar and added glace cherries.  -  02 Apr 2016


    Absolutely beautiful cake, I have made this a few times now for myself, friends and family. (now they want more and more). last time I sprayed it with rum whilst still warm from the oven and have been asked to make it for my local pub to go on the xmas menu. thank you Birchlings for a wonderful recipe.  -  16 Oct 2016


    Made this cake to take to the work family and they loved it. Very moist and simple to make. I added some Graces Browning just to give it a darker colour and more caramel flavor. I will be making this again. Thank you for the recipe.  -  20 Mar 2018