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


    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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anita-in-crete's picture
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!
11th Nov, 2012
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!
anita-in-crete's picture
22nd Sep, 2012
Have just read through this recipe, and noted all the wonderful comments, so this is definitely one to try. I am holding a "World's largest Coffee Morning" event for Macmillan nurses on Friday, and thought that this would make a wonderful raffle prize. Think I'll have to make two - hubby will never forgive me for giving away a fruit cake!
7th Sep, 2012
I've been making a recipe from my Nan but lost it recently and was so pleased to find this as I think it is almost identical! Always turns out lovely and moist but will not cook for as long a it doesn't need it and could be the reason why the other comments mention it being crumbly.
18th Aug, 2012
Hi just tried your recipe and it is lovely. I did add extra mixed spice and a handful more fruit. It was moist and cut beautiful. Thank you, I will be making lots more of them. Ps I had a little left over so popped it into bun cases and cooked less due to the size. Delicious Trish
17th Aug, 2012
I've just tried making this for the first time - it's completely different to the recipe that my mum uses, but I thought I'd try it anyway...I noticed that there's no instruction to put in the bicarbonate of soda...this needs to go in when you take the mixture off the heat. Intrigued to see how it turns out :)
scrumptiousbuns's picture
16th Nov, 2016
Ah, that's good to know thanks, I added it with the flour...will try differently next time :)
5th Aug, 2012
Made this when I had family visit, what a success! I added some chopped apricots and dried pineapple to the fruit mix. It was delicious and lovely and moist!
3rd Aug, 2012
I want to make this as a 10" round. What quantities do I use? Thanks
1st Aug, 2012
This is a cake my mams made since I was a child and I have made myself on occasion over the years.I have lost my written down version so this page is a great help .A fantastic cake recipe for the IMO only way to make a fruit cake .


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