Quick and Easy British Fruitcake


A quick and easy fruit cake for tea time that tastes best fresh out of the oven. You can use any mixed dried fruit you like, including cherries. [Recipe originally submitted to Allrecipes.co.uk]

close up view of sliced British Fruitcake on a wooden cutting board, with a mug in the background
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
1 6-inch cake


  • 1 ¾ cups self-rising flour

  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • 1 ¼ cups dried mixed fruit

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice (Optional)

  • 5 tablespoons milk

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, or as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 6-inch round cake pan.

  2. Place flour in a bowl. Rub butter into the flour until mixture resembles fine bread crumbs. Add mixed fruit, 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, and mixed spice. Stir to combine. Add milk and egg and mix until batter is soft and easy to drop.

  3. Drop batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle light brown sugar on top and pat down with the back of a spoon.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 1 to 1 1/4 hours.


Cook's Notes:

Use any spice mixture you prefer. You can also use a 2-pound loaf pan lined with parchment paper.

To make this ahead, I mix the flour, sugar and butter in my mixer with the blade attachment until I get the breadcrumb stage and then freeze. When you are ready to bake it, just remove from the freezer, add the rest of the ingredients and bake. If you double, triple, etc. these first three ingredients to put in the freezer. You then only need to weigh out 1 pound, add the remaining ingredients for 1 cake, and bake. Save the rest for another time.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

348 Calories
13g Fat
56g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 348
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 368mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 288mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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