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

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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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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!
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!
poldweia
22nd Nov, 2014
5.05
Very nice cake. Easy to make and tasty.
kilmory
13th Oct, 2014
5.05
Many thanks to Ian and his Nan. This was so easy to make and it turned out beautifully, very moist and the fruit well-distributed. I cooked it at 160C in a conventional oven for 65 minutes in the size of tin suggested.
beautifuleating22
17th Nov, 2013
I often make boil in the pan fruit cakem but often it is a bit dry. This was the best I have ever made only took about 1hour 10 mins to cook tasted fantastic.. thanks will definately use this recipe from now on.
nannysquirrel
30th Apr, 2013
Copied this recipe word for word and the cake was perfect. Always wanted to recreate my mums fruit cake and this is so easy to make and it tastes so scrummy.
alm05ers
4th Feb, 2013
5.05
I made this cake today for a birthday cake after having a failed attempt at another boiled fruit cake recipe which turned out really dry. However, this recipe is AMAZING. The cake is really yummy and moist. It holds its shape and cuts well. I cooked mine on 150degrees in a fan assisted over for1 hour and 10 minutes and it came out perfect. I split my mixture into two loaf tins. when I make this recipe again I will put more mixed spice in but apart from that 5****
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anita-in-crete
11th Dec, 2012
This cake turned out lovely. I didn't have a problem with it being crumbly at all, it cut beautifully. I substituted the walnuts with almonds, but apart from that I made it just as the recipe. Will definitely make this again...and again!
katerlina
11th Nov, 2012
4.05
Have been searching for a quick and easy fruit cake recipe for an age, and this one totally did the trick. It came out crumbly, but then I'm pretty sure I cooked it a bit too long, for safety having had previous uncooked fruit cake disasters. I also left out the walnuts, but substituted with chopped hazelnuts, since I have two under 5's and walnuts have put them off cakes before. I added spice too, for personal taste... Both kids had a good slice for breakfast and loved it. I had a bit and have to say, this is the first fruit cake that I have made that I have truly enjoyed. The method is simple and unfussy too... Thanks!

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