Irish Fruit Cake

Irish Fruit Cake


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About this recipe: This 'boiled' cake is named for the assorted dried fruits boiled with sugar and butter and then baked with the batter.


Serves: 12 

  • 250ml water
  • 900g dried mixed fruit
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 170g butter
  • 230g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon of mixed spice
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Extra time:10min fermenting  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 150 C. Grease a 450g cake tin, and line with foil.
  2. Combine the water, dried fruit, sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally, and boil gently for about 10 minutes.
  3. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice into a large bowl. Pour in the boiled mixture, and stir until well blended. Mix in the eggs.
  4. Pour into the greased cake tin.
  5. Bake for 90 minutes in the preheated oven, until a skewer or knife inserted into the top comes out clean.
  6. Cool cake in the tin for at least 10 minutes before removing.

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