Boiled Fruit Cake

Preparation info
  • Makes:


    -portion cake
    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      1 hr

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By Geraldene Holt

Published 2011

  • About

This economical method of making a fruit cake, where the dried fruit is first simmered with butter, sugar and water or wine, produces a well-flavoured, moist cake with rather less butter and fewer eggs than usual.


  • 120 g / 4 oz butter
  • 120 g / 4


Measure the butter, sugar and water or wine into a large pan. Add the dried fruit and bring the mixture to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer very gently for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool the mixture until it thickens but is still soft – for speed place the pan in cold water to cool.

Add the flour sieved with the spice and mix in the egg and sherry or orange juice. Turn