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Friday, January 5, 2018

simple fruit cake ~ reader request

Simple Fruit Cake

1 kg dried fruit
35 gms slivered almonds (I used almonds that I sliced thinly)
2 tbspns sweet sherry (I used brandy, but could leave this out or use fruit juice)
250 gms brown sugar
250 gms butter, chopped
125 mls milk
3 eggs, beaten lightly
450 gms plain flour
1/2 tspn bi-carbonate of soda
2 tspn mixed spice

Grease a deep 19cm square cake pan, cover base and sides with 3 layers of baking paper, bringing the paper 5cm above the edges of the pan.  

Combine fruit, nuts, sherry and sugar in a large bowl (I left to sit overnight but you don't have to).

Combine butter and milk in small pan.  Stir over heat, without boiling, until butter melts.  Add butter mixture, eggs and sifted dry ingredients to fruit mixture. Mix well.

Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 100C for about 5 hours.  Cover hot cake with foil.  Turn cake onto a board and cool upside down in the pan.

I iced this with lemon icing; mix 2 cups icing sugar, 1 heaped teaspoon butter, juice of one lemon and a little water until you have the right consistency.

There you have it, a big delicious fruit cake! 

You can find an even easier version of fruit cake in this post that I wrote back in 2010.




  1. I love fruit cake and made one only the week before Christmas. I like to put a bit of brandy in mine and also brush it with brandy when it comes out of the oven. I didn't make a pudding this Christmas so I've been enjoying my cake, heated and served with brandy custard! Yum-oh!

    1. Thank you Joolz for the tip for brushing the brandy on top of the fruit cake, I will try that next time.

      My mum is the pudding and fruit cake maker in our family. So when it was their anniversary someone else had to do it and that someone was me. Mum only eats fruit cake, she doesn't like the others. Anyway it was good practice for future years.

      We had fruit cake with custard tonight for dessert, just as well I am walking daily again.


  2. I had afternoon tea with an elderly couple yesterday afternoon and there was fruitcake! Thank you for the recipe, I have not made one like this before and so will keep recipe for baking one myself. Meg:)

    1. Afternoon tea sounds divine Meg, especially with fruit cake!


  3. Nice simple recipe, especially like the melted butter part.

    1. Yes it is very simple DebH, and extremely delicious!!


  4. Thank you very much! This looks and sounds delicious!


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