Simple Fruit Cake
Boiled Fruit Cake For Afternoon Tea
By Mrs D
This simple fruit cake, is perfect for an afternoon tea, and so easy to make. A popular classic British bake, it is enjoyed by all. Also called a Boiled Fruit Cake, part of the ingredients are boiled before adding the dry ingredients and baking. The high sugar content from the fruit also means the cake will last that little bit longer too.
This recipe is written by my friend and fellow baking enthusiast (should we be called addicts? 🙂 ) Mrs D. Mrs D kindly helps me out with the website, testing my recipes, providing photos and being an invaluable source of experience and knowledge over the last year. There would not have been a new version of the website this year, had it not been for her help. So I am forever thankful.
Such A Simple Fruit Cake Recipe
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“This recipe is so easy to make & is based on an old Bero recipe, but I have added some of my own touches to it over the years. It really is a lovely moist cake, because you simmer the fruit in the butter & sugar, so the fruit really swells up. I let the mixture cool for about 40 minutes before I add the flour & egg.
Also I added a tsp of mixed spice, (pumpkin spice in the US) & I use butter instead of margarine as butter gives a much better flavour. I often use light brown sugar instead of castor sugar so it gives it a nice colour but you could use whatever sugar you like. Another good tip is to sprinkle demerara sugar over it before you bake or sugar crystals as this gives a nice crunchy topping.” Mrs D
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Super simple, beginner
Simple Fruit Cake – Easy Boiled Fruit Cake For Afternoon Tea
- Scales or measuring cups
- Baking/parchment paper
- 6-7” Round Cake tin (15-18 cm) (8"/20cm will make a more shallow cake)
- Medium sized mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Timer or Phone Timer
- Wooden Cocktail stick/toothpick
- Cooling rack
- 340 grams Mixed dried fruit – raisins, currants, sultanas etc (12 oz, 2 cups approx)
- 113 grams Sugar – granulated, caster or light brown (4 oz, ½ cup, rounded)
- 113g grams Butter or Margarine/Baking Spread (4 oz, ½ cup or 1 stick)
- 1 Egg, Large, beaten (US X Large)
- 150 ml Water (5 floz, ⅔ cup or ¼ pint)
- 225 grams Self-raising Flour (8 oz, 1 ¾ cups All purpose flour + 2 ¾ tsp baking powder)
- 1 tsp Mixed spice (optional) (Pumpkin Spice alternative)
- Demerara Sugar for the topping (Optional)
PREPARE THE CAKE TIN
- Line a deep 6-7”( 15-18 cm) round cake tin with baking/parchment paper, on the bottom and up the sides (lining the sides helps with cakes that are rich in fruit and require a longer baking time and reduces the chances of the sides cooking too quickly). Grease the paper in position with either butter, cooking/baking spray or try lining paste (see notes below).
PREPARE THE BATTER
- Place butter, sugar, the dried fruit and water in a pan and simmer on a low-medium heat, for 20 minutes (See Photo 1). You do not want it boiling, so as the fruit absorbs the water and makes for nice soft plump fruit. Stir occasionally so that the mixture doesn’t burn or stick to the bottom of the pan. (See Photo 2 and 3 below)
- Remove pan from heat and pour into a mixing bowl. (See Photo 4 below). Allow the mixture to cool down. I left mine for about 40 minutes.
- Pre-heat your oven 170°c/150°c Fan Oven/325°f/Gas Mark 3
- Now add the beaten egg and stir in the sieved flour and the mixed spice/pumpkin spice if you are using it. (See Photo 5 above)
- Make sure you mix the mixture well. (See Photo 6 below)
- Turn the mixture into your lined cake tin and spread evenly. At this stage you can sprinkle demerara sugar or sugar crystals over the top of the cake. (See Photo 7 above)
BAKE THE CAKE
- Bake in the oven for approximately 1¼ hours. Check with a cocktail stick that the cake is cooked, it should come out clean of crumbs.
- Remove from oven and leave in the tin to cool down for 15 mins. (See Photo 8 above)
- Turn out to cool on a wire rack and remove the baking/parchment paper carefully. (See Photo 9 above).
- Leave to cool before cutting & serving. The cake is quite fragile on the same day it is baked, so for better cut slices we recommend to cut & serve the following day (if you can wait!). Photo below of Caro's cake using light brown sugar.
***Nutritional Info as per Whisk.com. I am not a qualified nutritionist, so these are approximate amounts. Based on 8 slices, of about 115g per slice.
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