Fabulous Boiled Fruitcake

"A very tasty boiled fruit cake its not heavy--simple to make and inexpensive. this has become a firm favorite with the family This was given to me well over 40 years ago, by an Australian farmers wife. She used to do all her baking in an old wood stove!"
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins




  • Place the sugar, water,margarine, bicarbonate of soda and dried fruit in a medium saucepan and slowly bring to the boil. As soon as it starts to boil, remove and leave to completely cool.
  • Add the well beaten egg, mixed spice, pinch of salt, and the flour; mix well.
  • Line a 9-inch cake tin. Cook at approximately 170°C for about an hour to an hour and a quarter.
  • To stop it drying out while cooling, it’s advisable to drape a clean tea towel over the cake after about half an hour.
  • NB - if you are in a hurry for the fruit to cool - place saucepan in some cold water in the sink, iit will cool in under half the time.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can you use brown sugar
  2. I have brandy sosked mixed fruit ....can i use this
  3. 30 grams doesn't sound like enough margerine


  1. Thanks this is the best fruit cake i have ever made. It's only the third cake i have ever made so may be that's not much to go on. But it's still a very nice and easy cake to make.
  2. Divine cake, Joy !! Bestever boiled fruity my family has eaten !! I made up my own mixed fruit with prunes, cranberries,peel and sultanas. The result was moist and golden and gobbled up fast !!
  3. Fab cake. Made lots of times now and always goes down a treat with family!
  4. Worst cake I've ever made as dry as a bone I knew at the start 1 egg and 30g of margarine would never be enough but after reading the reviews i went with the recipe what a waste of time effort and money ! It's in the bin ! I'll stick with my own tried and trusted recipe in future ! It got 1 star because it wouldn't let me post without rating it
  5. Made this cake a few times now and always taste the best. I change what i put in it every time but still the best fruit cake, allways moist.


  1. less mixed fruit & add dates or walnuts.


We now reside back in England after returning from Australia after most of our working life there. I have been fortunate enough to have lived in many countries when I was younger and therefore many of my recipes reflect this! Love to cook. love to travel too
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