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Boiled Fruitcake Recipe

Boiled Fruitcake

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"This recipe produces a really moist fruitcake. It was given to me by my mom, and it's really easy. My mom uses it for Christmas cake by icing it. I use it for birthdays, Christmas, or just for a treat. If mixed spice is unavailable, substitute with a pinch each of cinnamon, coriander, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 8 inch cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 10 mins

    2 hrs 40 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C). Line one 8x3 inch round cake tin with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine mixed fruit, cherries, citrus peel, walnuts, sugar, butter, milk, mixed spice, and baking soda. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 5 minutes. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
  3. Stir in flour and eggs. Pour into the prepared pan. Wrap outside of pan with brown paper or newspaper.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) for 40 minutes, then reduce temperature to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), and continue to baking cake for 1 1/2 hours. Remove cake from oven, and allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn it out onto a cooling rack, remove paper, and cool completely. Cake can be stored for up to 6 months wrapped in foil and in an airtight tin.
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Dec 27, 2003

Was looking for a last minute fruit-cake recipe for Christmas - I made this at 9pm on Christmas eve and it was a hit on Christmas day! My husband even came back for seconds. I did add about 5% more on the fruit side... made for a wonderfully heavy and moist cake (mother did always say that the worth of the fruitcake is told by the weighing!) Thanks!

Dec 07, 2007

Great recipe! I did not wrap the pans with paper & they still turned out perfectly. I doubled the recipe for two pans. Used 2 C raisins, 1 C dates, 2 C craisins, 6oz pineapple and 2 C apricots instead of the cherries and citrus peel. 1 tsp cloves & 2 tsp cinnamon - the perfect amount. The house smells wonderful too!


43 Ratings

Feb 18, 2003

Really easy, moist and delicious! This was the first fruitcake I've ever made, and it turned out beautifully.

Dec 06, 2006

This is fantastic! It's my first attempt at fruitcake and not only was it delicious, it's easy. I misread the directions (oops) and used candied fruit rather than dried fruit, so the cake is probably a bit sweeter than it should be; next time I will use the candied fruit (it's so pretty in the cake) but cut the sugar by about 1/3. I also soaked the candied fruit in rum for a week, which gave it a nice, rich flavor. There was way more batter than for one loaf pan, so I also made three small cakes in ramekins and wanted to try infusing them with rum for two weeks, but my husband ate them on the second day! Thanks for the great recipe! -- Jax in the French Alps

Feb 17, 2005

Made it for Chinese New Year, in mini meatloaf pans as gifts to family and friends. This recipe is easy to follow and it really only takes 20 minutes to whip up everything before heading to the oven. The finished product is moist and dense in flavour, probably due to the fact that I pre-soaked my fruits and nuts in rum for about a year. It aged better that way and the flavour comes out concentrated. This will be my family fruitcake recipe I will use year in and out! Thanks Mark! BonnieVic-Malaysia

Jan 07, 2008

I’ve made this cake several times during the past holiday season because it was such a big hit with family and friends. This is a great recipe. Each time, after the first, I changed the recipe a little just to see how it would turn out. I used a little more fruit and nuts and a little less flour because the recipe is very forgiving. I also drizzled the cakes with orange liqueur. Each cake was fabulous and the cake just gets better after it ages a couple of days. Thank you so much for this excellent recipe.

Dec 27, 2004

mmmmmmm, this fruitcake is absolutely marvelous! i followed the directions as written, using slightly rounded but equal proportions of the 5 spice blend (i didn't have "mixed spice" in my cupboard). for the dried mixed fruit elements i used 1/2 cup dark raisins, 1/2 cup apricots & 1 cup michigan cherries. the smells are so wonderful during the cooking/baking process! i made this on 12/22/04 & adore how the flavors come together as this fruitcake ages. thank you for sharing your mom's recipe with us, mark!!

Dec 20, 2003

Made this with nursery children, very simple to make, (in two stages to allow adult to boil and cool first stage.) Great results twice, so nice head teacher decided to give all parents some to take home, great reception from parents, this cake will be come an annual event, thanks Mark. Dorothy, in Scotland


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  • Calories
  • 558 kcal
  • 28%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 92.1 g
  • 30%
  • Cholesterol
  • 76 mg
  • 25%
  • Fat
  • 19.6 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 7.2 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 625 mg
  • 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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