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cut boiled fruit cake

Delicious and easy boiled fruit cake

Easy and delicious, the most difficult issue with this cake is trying not to devour it in one go!
4.27 from 30 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Resting time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Alter quantities (metric only) 12 people

Here's what you'll need...

Ingredients you'll need...

Stage 1 ingredients

  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 150 g dark brown sugar granulated
  • 400 g mixed dried fruit
  • teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 8 fl oz cold water

Stage 2 ingredients

  • 100 g self raising flour
  • 100 g plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 medium eggs light beaten
  • 1 tablespoon demerara sugar optional

Here's what we do...

Stage 1

  • Check your fruit to ensure it is all separated and not stuck together in clumps.
  • Put all stage 1 ingredients into your saucepan and heat gently until the butter has melted and sugar has dissolved.
    dried fruit in pan
  • Bring to a boil and then simmer gently for 1 minute.
  • Leave to cool.

Stage 2

  • Heat your oven to 160°C/140°C fan/Gas mark 3
  • Grease your baking tin with butter and line the base with greaseproof paper.
  • Sift the flours and salt together.
  • Add half of the beaten eggs and half of the flour mixture to the stage 1 ingredients and fold in with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the rest of the eggs and flour and fold in until fully incorporated, do not over mix but do ensure there are no pockets of flour remaining.
  • Pour the mixture into your cake tin and gently level out.
  • Sprinkle the demerara sugar over evenly over the top.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 20 minute, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before removing and cooling on a cooling rack.
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