Nan's Boiled Fruit Cake
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Nan's Boiled Fruit Cake

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Servings

Serves 8

A Very Moist Fruit Cake - passed down from my nan

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Ingredients

  • BOILED FRUIT MIXTURE
  • 4 oz Brown Sugar
  • 8 oz margarine or butter
  • 1lb mixed fruit
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 Pint Milk
  • FOR THE CAKE MIXTURE
  • 4 oz Glace Cherries
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 oz chopped walnuts
  • 12 oz Self Raising Flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Method

    1. Place all the ingredients for the fruit mix in a large saucepan bring to the boil and allow to cool for about 30 minutes
    2. Preheat oven to 160C / Gas 3
    3. Add the cherries and nuts stir through
    4. then add eggs and mix well, add the flour and fold through the mix.
    5. Place the mixture in a greased and floured 8' - deep cake tin. Tie some greaseproof paper around the outside of the tin so that the paper comes over the edges of the tin or optionally place over the top about half way through baking. Bake for 2 hours but check after 1.5 hours , check to see if cooked throughly with a skewer. If not bake a little further until the skewer comes out clean from the cake. Allow to cool and either decorate with marzipan and royal icing, or dried apricots and cherries and glaze with melted apricot jam or plain is very nice too.

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desiann
20th Feb, 2017
5.05
I made this on the weekend and it was the first time I made a fruit cake. I found it very easy to make and I baked it in a 24cm square tin, which when cooked would probably serve double the recommended serves. I had the temperature of the oven at 180C which cooked the cake 1hr 1/2 (which is due to my oven being a bit temperamental at times- need a new one). The cake came out good and my husband loved it so that is good.:)
eyes
8th Dec, 2016
been making this cake for awhile now and everyone loves it as am now making once a week, also they all want this cake instead of a christmas cake.
Banwaitr
23rd Nov, 2016
Hi everyone. Please help. I am making mini Christmas cakes in the silver wood mini 16 round tins and need to know if this recipe will work. The other day I made a different recipe and wasted loads of ingredients and a bottle of brandy and they looked awful. Please help. Any advice would be appreciated. Xx
van1968
15th Jul, 2016
Made this today without the nuts - lovely and moist. As others have commented, it only took 1 hour 10 mins at gas 3 middle shelf. People who say it crumbles may be overcooking. Check after 1 hour and then every 10 mins should solve the problem.
mshioda36@gmail.com
20th Nov, 2016
It says on the method that it takes 2 hours
bluebird555
7th Dec, 2015
Made this in 5 mini cake tins to make small cakes for people living alone. Baked at Fan 140 for 45 mins. I had to try one of course to see if it had turned out ok - delicious!
Siobhan810
2nd Nov, 2015
Can anyone help , made this cake two days ago, tastes beautiful, but crumbles , crumbles. I used butter would margarine have been better. Any ideas
honey52
1st Oct, 2015
5.05
This recipe is so so easy to do.Everybody loves it.Make it every week now.
joannekenny50@g...
30th Aug, 2015
5.05
This cake is wonderful light but rich as well thank you nan x
djwinkles
30th Jul, 2015
5.05
I have made this recipe today exactly as described in the ingredients. I did split into 2 x 2lb loaf tins and have left my tips on the "Tips" tab above. They look great but as I have baked for our local hospice for their support cafe tomorrow, I will never truly know how they will taste as I don't do test ones first. I am counting on all the other comments that say it is moist and delicious to get me through!

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AuntNan
23rd Aug, 2017
What form of fruit should be used? Is dried fruit good?
van1968
7th Aug, 2017
Why is bicarbonate needed with SR flour for a fruit cake - is it for extra raising or some other technical reason?
Caroline05
16th Jul, 2016
Can anybody tell me when do you add the bicarbonate of soda as it doesn't say? I'm also looking to bake this in a 2lb loaf tin so will it require less cooking time?
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scrumptiousbuns
16th Nov, 2016
I added it with the flour :)
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Pablina
2nd May, 2016
What size tin ? In inches deep and round please
djwinkles
30th Jul, 2015
5.05
This recipe fits into 2 x 2lb loaf tins Fan oven 150C - I use an oven thermometer to make sure the temperature is true Cooking time 1hr but check at 50 mins as mine was done at 52 mins I put an empty cooking tray on the shelf above to protect the cakes
eyes
18th Jan, 2017
great tip for cooking for 50 mins, been doing it your way for over a year now and so much better as b4 it was always a bit dry, i really dont know why they say cook it for so long.
aliadds
6th Oct, 2013
Metric conversion for this recipe 113g sugar 226g margarine 454g mixed fruit 284ml milk 2tsp mixed spice 113g cherries 2 eggs 56g walnuts 340g SR Flour 1tsp bicarbonate of soda