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Australian Water Cake

By JMonkcom (GoodFood Community)
  • Preparation and cooking time
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  • Easy
  • Makes 1 Cake
Lightly spiced fruit cake which is rich without being dense. A great alternative to a traditional Christmas cake.


  • 150g Currants
  • 150g Sultanas
  • 150g Raisins
  • 200g Glacé Cherries
  • 115g Granulated Sugar
  • 115g Butter
  • 240ml Water (Or Rum)
  • 3 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • 230g Self-Raising Flour


  • STEP 1
    Place the fruit, sugar, butter, water, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda into a large saucepan
  • STEP 2
    Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 mins, stirring occasionally.
  • STEP 3
    Leave to cool.
  • STEP 4
    Pre-heat oven to 160°C, (140°C Fan), Gas Mark 3.
  • STEP 5
    When almost cold add eggs and stir in self-raising flour.
  • STEP 6
    Grease and line a 24cm cake tin. Pour in mixture.
  • STEP 7
    Place a bowl of water in the bottom of the oven. Put cake into oven and bake for 1 hour.
  • STEP 8
    Cover the cake with baking parchment to prevent burning and bake for a further 30mins or until a skewer comes out clean.

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