This is an Northern Ireland recipe given to me by my Mum many years ago!! This cake is always much tastier the following day! Enjoy!

WIGAN
Advertisement

Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan, and line with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

    Advertisement
  • Combine the water, mixed fruit, sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil gently for about 10 minutes. Sift the flour, baking soda and mixed spice into a large bowl. Pour in the boiled mixture, and stir until well blended. Mix in the eggs. Pour into the greased loaf pan.

  • Bake for 90 minutes in the preheated oven, until a skewer or knife inserted into the top comes out clean. Cool cake in the pan for at least 10 minutes before removing.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

505.8 calories; 3.5 g protein; 97 g carbohydrates; 61.5 mg cholesterol; 431 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (22)

Read More Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2007
This is very yummy! Note: For those of us that can't find 'mixed spice' I found a recipe for it. 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon nutmeg 1 tablespoon allspice 2 teaspoons mace 1 teaspoon ground cloves Read More
(83)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/06/2005
I made this last night and it was not very good at all. Maybe it's just because it's fruit cake? Read More
(11)
26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2007
This is very yummy! Note: For those of us that can't find 'mixed spice' I found a recipe for it. 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon nutmeg 1 tablespoon allspice 2 teaspoons mace 1 teaspoon ground cloves Read More
(83)
Rating: 4 stars
09/20/2007
This is a fantastic recipe,just changed a few things,ie milk instead of water brown sugar instead of white,2 tsp of mixed spice and added a cup of glazed cherries cut in half.this is now the best fruit cake ever look no further you will not find a better recipe,and so easy to make cheers. Read More
(54)
Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2005
the best yet your recipe is the way my mother-in-law made it in ireland and she is 91 years old i find what happens people are intend to add other ingredints to old recipes and all they do is ruin them.you have not and it is great thanks peggy Read More
(35)
Advertisement
Rating: 4 stars
11/04/2007
Don't panic! The mixture amost filled my baking tin and I was worried it would spill over during cooking but it stayed in the pan. I cooked it for the time given but the top was a little over-done although the middle was just right so next time I placed a piece of baking parchment with a small hole in the centre loosely over the top of the cake for the first hour of cooking removing it for the last 30 minutes and this gave a much better result. This is a great cake and already a firm favourite. Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2007
This is probably one of the better boiled fruit cakes that have come out of Ireland. I like it exactly the way it is printed and it is very good spread with real butter. Thanks again for a great simple recipe. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2011
I hate fruit cake but I wanted to make one for my Grandma who loves it so I chose this recipe since it has connections to my Irish ancestry:) I used dried fruit instead of the candied kind - dried blueberries cranberries & cherries along with a box of golden raisins. Also a tablespoon or two of Bourbon:) The other alteration was half water half milk. This recipe was so good I was eating it warm fresh from the oven. Will make this again. Read More
(14)
Advertisement
Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2005
tried it a love it easy an hassel free Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2006
VERY GOOD CAKE RECIPE. I ALSO DID THIS WITH THE WATER I MADE HOT TEA AND BUT 4 OZ OF CHERRY'S Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2008
Very good recipe. I chose to make it with the traditional black tea in place of the cup of water. I will make this again. Read More
(12)
Rating: 2 stars
12/06/2005
I made this last night and it was not very good at all. Maybe it's just because it's fruit cake? Read More
(11)