Festive Boiled Fruit Cake

Festive Boiled Fruit Cake

By Lynda Watters
0:05 To Prep
1:15 To Cook
20 Servings
Average Rating
Difficulty Easy

This was my grandfathers recipe and my mum made it every Christmas while we were growing up and then She passed the recipe to me and for the last 35 years I have made it with only adding a few small changes to make it my own. I added the glacé cherries and extra sultanas and raisins to keep it moist. I get asked to make this every year so I hope you enjoy it as much as we do


  • 1 kg mixed dried fruit
  • 1/2 cup sultanas
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup Glacé cherries
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 125g Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 Eggs well beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups Self raising Flour sifted
  • 1dessertspoon rum

Step 1

Place multi blade in and 1 cup glacé cherries and pulse for 2 seconds

Step 2

Remove multi blade and change to stir assist

Step 3

Add mixed fruit, sultanas, raisins, water, butter, brown sugar, bi carb soda, coco and spices

Step 4

Use boil P3 with measuring cup out

Step 5

Then go straight to P3 step two

Step 6

let mixture cool a bit before adding Rum, flour and eggs

Step 7

Replace measuring cup in lid and use speed 2 for 1 minute until well combined

Step 8

Transfer into greased and brown paper lined cake tin

Step 9

Cook in a preheated 175 degree c oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean in the centre

Step 10

Place on wire rack to cool

Step 11

Once cooled it can be iced and decorated or dusted with icing sugar

Chef's Tips

Check cake at the one hour mark as oven temperature varies and add mor cooking time as needed It can be made up to a month ahead of time and stored in an airtight container.



Easy to make and tastes amazing. My oven took 1hr 45min to cook in a small deep 8" tin.


Most delicious christmas cake. Just like granny's..

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