Best Boiled Fruitcake


This boiled fruitcake recipe produces a really moist fruitcake. It was given to me by my mom, and it's really easy. My mom uses it for Christmas cake by icing it. I use it for birthdays, Christmas, or just for a treat.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
1 8-inch cake


  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 12 ounces candied mixed fruit

  • 1 cup milk

  • ¾ cup butter

  • 5 ounces glace cherries, roughly chopped

  • 2 ounces candied mixed citrus peel

  • 2 ounces chopped walnuts

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 12 ounces sifted self-rising flour

  • 2 large eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C). Line an 8-inch deep cake pan with parchment paper.

  2. Place sugar, candied mixed fruit, milk, butter, cherries, citrus peel, walnuts, allspice, and baking soda in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

  3. Stir flour and eggs into fruit mixture. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Wrap the outside of the pan with brown paper or newspaper.

  4. Bake cake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. Reduce temperature to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) and continue baking cake for 1 1/2 hours.

  5. Let cake sit at room temperature for 5 minutes, then invert it onto a wired rack. Remove parchment paper, flip cake, and allow to cool completely on the rack. Cake may be stored wrapped in foil and in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

588 Calories
19g Fat
99g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 588
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 621mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 99g 36%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 159mg 12%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 130mg 3%

* 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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