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Boiled Fruit Cake

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I have tried others but every time I revert to this - although I believe boiled fruit cakes are not quite the done thing.


Serves: About 20 slices

  • 22 ounces mixed dried fruit (soak in half cup rum or brandy for a few days if you wish)
  • ½ cup rum (or brandy to soak dried fruit)
  • 9 fluid ounces water
  • 4 ounces butter
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • flour
  • ⅙ fluid ounce baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • ⅙ fluid ounce pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup nuts (of choice)


Boiled Fruit Cake is a community recipe submitted by passionfruit and has not been tested by so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Boil the fruit, sugar and spice in the water for 5 minutes. Cool and add 1/2 cup of brandy / rum. Stir in the flour, bicarb and beaten egg. Add the roughly chopped nuts. Mix well. Make a wish.
  • Bake in a well-lined 20 cm tin (2 layers of lining) at 160C until browned and done (about 2 hours).
  • When cooled, remove from the tin. Leave on the lining and drizzle some brandy/rum over the top. Do this a few more times before xmas.
  • Cover the cake with tin foil and store in a cupboard till you wish to decorate it.
  • Additional Information

    I usually do a double amount of this and make a large cake (23 cm) and a smaller one. If the cake starts getting too brown on the top, cover the top with a piece of tin foil. I like adding cranberries, glace cherries, sliced preserved ginger, a teaspoon of powdered ginger and a few dates into the fruit.

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    • it does not say how much flour to use in the recipe

      Posted by margangel on 29th October 2020
    • I came across this recipe while searching for an easy boiled fruit cake recipe. I have had to improvise because the dried ingredient is in liquid measures and it doesn't say in the recipe when to put the butter in? however I have used the recipe twice and both times I have been complemented on the cake. By the way I put the butter in while the fruit etc is cooling.

      Posted by suethian on 6th November 2012
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