This recipe produces a really moist fruit cake 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.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
10
Yield:
1 - 8 inch cake
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C). Line one 8 inch deep sided cake tin with parchment paper.

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  • Place the fruit cherries, peel, walnuts, sugar, butter or margarine, mixed spice, baking soda and milk in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Let mixture cool to body temperature.

  • Stir in the flour and the eggs. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Wrap outside of pan with brown paper or newspaper.

  • Bake at 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) for 40 minutes then reduce temperature to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) and continue to baking cake for 1-1/2 hours. Remove cake from oven and allow it to cool in tin for 5 minutes then turn it out onto a cooling rack, remove greaseproof paper and leave until cool. Cake can be stored for up to 6 months wrapped in foil and in an air tight tin.

Nutrition Facts

588 calories; protein 6.6g 13% DV; carbohydrates 99.4g 32% DV; fat 19.4g 30% DV; cholesterol 75.8mg 25% DV; sodium 621.1mg 25% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2003
Was looking for a last minute fruit-cake recipe for Christmas - I made this at 9pm on Christmas eve and it was a hit on Christmas day! My husband even came back for seconds. I did add about 5% more on the fruit side... made for a wonderfully heavy and moist cake (mother did always say that the worth of the fruitcake is told by the weighing!) Thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/19/2015
this recipe for boiled Christmas cake is my recipe given to me from my mother in Scotland this is an authentic recipe how did this guy get this!!!!! Read More
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  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2003
Was looking for a last minute fruit-cake recipe for Christmas - I made this at 9pm on Christmas eve and it was a hit on Christmas day! My husband even came back for seconds. I did add about 5% more on the fruit side... made for a wonderfully heavy and moist cake (mother did always say that the worth of the fruitcake is told by the weighing!) Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2007
Great recipe! I did not wrap the pans with paper & they still turned out perfectly. I doubled the recipe for two pans. Used 2 C raisins 1 C dates 2 C craisins 6oz pineapple and 2 C apricots instead of the cherries and citrus peel. 1 tsp cloves & 2 tsp cinnamon - the perfect amount. The house smells wonderful too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2003
Really easy moist and delicious! This was the first fruitcake I've ever made and it turned out beautifully. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2004
A very good fruitcake. What I really like is that you make it in one pot that you cook and mix in. I used lt. brown sugar and added chopped dates and white raisins to the standard candied fruit marinated in a few spoons of brandy and apple juice. I also added vanilla and almond extract. Turns out perfect. Make in a big pot not a saucepan. I used teflon and also teflon pan to bake in. Slid right out. Will be even better after it ages a day or two. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2006
This is fantastic! It's my first attempt at fruitcake and not only was it delicious it's easy. I misread the directions (oops) and used candied fruit rather than dried fruit so the cake is probably a bit sweeter than it should be; next time I will use the candied fruit (it's so pretty in the cake) but cut the sugar by about 1/3. I also soaked the candied fruit in rum for a week which gave it a nice rich flavor. There was way more batter than for one loaf pan so I also made three small cakes in ramekins and wanted to try infusing them with rum for two weeks but my husband ate them on the second day! Thanks for the great recipe! -- Jax in the French Alps Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2005
Made it for Chinese New Year in mini meatloaf pans as gifts to family and friends. This recipe is easy to follow and it really only takes 20 minutes to whip up everything before heading to the oven. The finished product is moist and dense in flavour probably due to the fact that I pre-soaked my fruits and nuts in rum for about a year. It aged better that way and the flavour comes out concentrated. This will be my family fruitcake recipe I will use year in and out! Thanks Mark! BonnieVic-Malaysia Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2008
I ve made this cake several times during the past holiday season because it was such a big hit with family and friends. This is a great recipe. Each time after the first I changed the recipe a little just to see how it would turn out. I used a little more fruit and nuts and a little less flour because the recipe is very forgiving. I also drizzled the cakes with orange liqueur. Each cake was fabulous and the cake just gets better after it ages a couple of days. Thank you so much for this excellent recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2006
The first time i made this i followed it to a "T" and although wrapped and kept in a sealed box it went dry. The second time i made it i soaked the fruit in brandy over night and substituted brandy for the milk. I left it sealed for a month before trying it and it was lovely. It also stayed moist much longer than the original one. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2004
mmmmmmm this fruitcake is absolutely marvelous! i followed the directions as written using slightly rounded but equal proportions of the 5 spice blend (i didn't have "mixed spice" in my cupboard). for the dried mixed fruit elements i used 1/2 cup dark raisins 1/2 cup apricots & 1 cup michigan cherries. the smells are so wonderful during the cooking/baking process! i made this on 12/22/04 & adore how the flavors come together as this fruitcake ages. thank you for sharing your mom's recipe with us mark!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/19/2015
this recipe for boiled Christmas cake is my recipe given to me from my mother in Scotland this is an authentic recipe how did this guy get this!!!!! Read More
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