Boiled Fruit Cake

This was the first cake I baked in our new home and it is my Grandma Linda’s Recipe. I am blessed with grandmothers who have great fruit cake recipes. My other Grandma is responsible for an incredible Christmas cake recipe (which also doubles as a great recipe for a wedding fruit cake for any soon-to-be-weds out there). I visited my grandparents in Devon in January and one afternoon was presented with a slice of this cake (it was mandatory) upon which was a thin slice of cheese; it must be their Northern roots  (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it though – delicious).

Boiled fruit cake

I am a fruit cake fan, be it tea loaf, Bara Brith, boozy Christmas cake or any other variety but this, was something else. The perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea but not so rich that it feels like a dessert. It was more like a tea loaf but ten times better. The icing on the (un-iced) cake was how easy it was to make, it is a wooden spoon recipe. I LOVE a wooden spoon recipe (i.e. shove it in a bowl and stir with a wooden spoon). This recipe makes one round cake (8-9 inch pan) or two smaller  loaves.

I’ll be trying it with gluten free flour soon and will let you know how it turns out!


4 oz (115 g) of margarine or butter
6 oz (170 g) of demerara sugar
14 oz (400 g) of any dried fruit (I opted for raisins)
8 oz (225 ml) of water
1 level tsp of bicarbonate of soda
1 heaped tsp of mixed spice/cinnamon/nutmeg/apple pie spice (I used a Lebkuchen spice blend that I had made at Christmas – divine)
2 eggs, beaten
4 oz  (115 g) of plain flour
4 oz (115 g) of self raising flour
  1. Place the butter/marge, sugar, fruit, water, bicarb and spices into a large pan. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 1 minute, stirring the whole time.
  2. Leave the mixture to cool in the pan.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.
  4. Grease and line your cake tin(s).
  5. Add the eggs and flour to the cooled mixture and stir well, until properly mixed (with your wooden spoon! wooooo!)
  6. Bake in the centre of the oven for 1 hr 15 mins.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing from the tins.
  8. Slice and enjoy with a nice cuppa.

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