Boiled Fruit Cake – Alternative to Traditional Christmas Cake

Boiled Fruit Cake – Alternative to Traditional Christmas Cake

If you want whip up a fruit cake this one is a good alternative to the labour intensive Traditional Christmas Cake.


115 grams of unsalted butter (1/4 pound)

1 cup brown sugar (1/2 pound)

300 grams mixed fruit (3/4 pound)

1 cup of water (8 ounces)

1 teaspoon of cinnamon and mixed spice

1 small packet of glazed cherries 25 grams (halved) (1 ounce)

1/2 cup of dessicated coconut (2 ounces)

1 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda

1 cup organic plain flour (8 ounces)

1 cup organic self-raising flour (8 ounces)

2 free range or organic eggs

(alcohol if desired – brandy or brandy essence)

Method:  Take out a large saucepan add the butter, brown sugar, mixed fruit, water, cinnamon and mixed spice, cherries and coconut.  Bring the mixture to the boil (high heat) and simmer (low heat) for 5 minutes.  Then dissolve 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda into the mixture, stir the mixture with a wooden spoon and then simmer (low heat) for 10 minutes.  Switch off the stove and let the mixture cool.  Once cooled, add the flour, eggs, vanilla essence and the alcohol or essence if desired.  Place in a greased cake baking tin and bake in a slow oven (135 degrees celsius or 275 degrees fahrenheit) for approximately one and a half hours.

TIP:  A good baking tip a cake is ready when you can smell the rich aroma coming from the oven.  Rather like cooking toast you can tell when the toast is ready as it has the hint of toasted scent and you can tell when it is burnt as it smells like charcoal or your smoke alarm is going ballistic as the smoke is pouring out of the toaster 🙂

3 thoughts on “Boiled Fruit Cake – Alternative to Traditional Christmas Cake

  1. Love your recipes. The only problem I have is living in Europe I use pounds & ounces or grams.Cups, sticks and grams eg Boiled Christmas cake drive me to distraction as dried fruit doesn’t weigh the same as flour or sugar. Its a) confusing and b) time consuming. Any ideas as to how I can simplify the whole problem.

    Toni Trainor.


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