This is an Northern Ireland recipe given to me by my Mum many years ago!! This cake is always much tastier the following day! Enjoy!

Boiled Fruit Cake


  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups candied mixed fruit
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 2 eggs, beaten


1 Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan, and line with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

2 Combine the water, mixed fruit, sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil gently for about 10 minutes. Sift the flour, baking soda and mixed spice into a large bowl. Pour in the boiled mixture, and stir until well blended. Mix in the eggs. Pour into the greased loaf pan.

3 Bake for 90 minutes in the preheated oven, until a skewer or knife inserted into the top comes out clean. Cool cake in the pan for at least 10 minutes before removing.


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