Monday, 27 February 2017


My old, basic, Boiled Fruit Cake recipe that I have used for almost 50 years. I have no idea where it came from, but it is good!! There will be a different version in a few weeks time!!! I know many have asked for this recipe, so get boiling!! It is very easy and foolproof. Enjoy.

Butter and line the base of a 7” round spring form tin. Pre heat your fan oven to 140C

In a medium saucepan place:

4 oz butter
6 oz granulated sugar
1lb dried fruit mix [1 x 500 gr packet]
8 oz water
1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 level teaspoon mixed spice

Bring slowly to the boil then simmer for 1 minute. Allow to cool for about an hour.


4 oz plain flour
4 oz SR flour
2 beaten eggs

Mix well then tip into your prepared tin. Bake for about 1½ hours.

Cool on a rack and try to stop yourself from cutting it for a day or two!

Note: You may replace some of the water with brandy or fresh orange juice.


  1. I've just made your boiled fruit cake - delish. I used up some brown sugar instead of white, and some ready brandy-soaked fruit which had been on offer in Waitrose just after Christmas. I'm seriously considering using this recipe as a starting point for next year's Christmas cake.
    My boiled fruit recipe is an economy version with 1 egg and 6 oz fruit - more everyday style.

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  3. Love this recipe, as do all the family. Have thrown in some chopped dried apricots and used muscovado sugar. Delicious!

  4. Hello, how long will this cake keep for.Thanks

  5. A wonderful, moist recipe...quite a game changer for me as I've struggled historically to recreate the same moistness I achieve in a normal sponge in a fruit cake. I've used brandy soaked fruits and chopped nuts in it too and made mini Christmas cakes :)

  6. It is a wonderful moist recipe which is so easy to make.

  7. I would use tea instead of water and put far less fruit in it. I've not made one for years so thanks for the recipe.

  8. I also had a 50 yearold recipe which I lost years ago and have been searching for something similar ever since. This one is almost the same,and looks even better in the oven than my old one.I can't wait to try it. I can't believe I didn't see this recipe before. Thank you so much!

  9. I've made this cake exactly to the recipe and each time it's turned out perfectly. An easy recipe using storecupboard ingredients. Now a family favourite.

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  11. Well my cake just isn't cooking! It seemed very liquid. Smells delicious though

  12. I often cook this. Only use 4oz brown sugar as I always reduce the amount of sugar in recipes. Use 6fl.oz water then when cooled down I add 2 fl.oz brandy.
    Everyone loves the cake.

  13. Winner! Cut up prunes in with some fruit 👍 fresh orange squeezed in with water

  14. I'm also cornish born and adore this little boiled fruit cake recipe perfect every time I add orange juice to mine and its beautifully moist not at all wet as someone put it 😋