Tuesday, 30 December 2008


Without fail, I make this cake for Christmas and Diwali….in fact, Mr G and I baked these for our wedding too. It’s a fool proof fruit cake and so easy to make . To those of you who haven’t seen the recipe, I’ve put it up again and FYI, you can click HERE to go to the original post. So here’s my BOILED FRUIT CAKE – AGAIN.

PS: I also made this to give as Christmas presents.


375g packet of mixed fruit*
250g butter*
2 cups sugar*
2 cups water*
2 tbsp baking powder
2 tbsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
4 cups flour - sieved
4 large eggs – lightly beaten with a fork
2 tbsp 'mixed spice' (don’t use 'all spice') - click on the link for my post on MIXED SPICE


Put all the * ingredients in a large pot and gently bring to a boil. Mix well and turn off the heat.

Add in baking powder and baking soda. Be careful at this stage as the soda has the tendency to rise very quickly. It looks as if a volcano is erupting! That is why you have to place the ingredients in a large pot to compensate for the soda rising.

Leave mixture overnight (on the kitchen bench and covered) to brew.

Next day, heat oven to 180°c (160°c fan forced oven) and line a large square tin with baking paper. Grease the paper lightly with some butter.

Add flour, eggs and mixed spice to the cooked ingredients. You don’t have to use a mixer, just a wooden spoon. Mix thoroughly.

Bake in oven for around 1 hour and 15 mins (you have to start checking the cake at the 1 hour mark). Around the 40 min mark, put a tin foil on top of the cake to prevent the top from burning and to ensure an evenly cooked cake. Serve warm with custard or by itself with a good cup of coffee or tea.


Usha said...

What an unusual recipe for a fruit cake and looks so delicious...loved it, hoping to try this one very soon :-)

VG said...

Hi Usha, it is very delicious and so easy to make.Just look out for the last 30 mins when baking. make sure you put a foil on the cake to prevent the top from cooking too fast. If you do make it, let me know how you go.

Cheers, VG

Jun said...

Nice cake u have there Vin..should try nnti..merry christmas to u n family..me, been very occupied these few days...take care dear!

ummi said...

Wow Vin, seems another fruit cake I should try soonest!! Looks so delicious and tempting! Have a great new years ahead! Take care and lots of love...muaahhh!!

VG said...

Hi Jun. Thank you for your well wishes. Happy New Year to you too.

I hear you sister - Vin pun very busy. Tengah duk 'spring clean' at the moment for the new year. Vin baru habis mandi (9.30pm) and I have been at it since 6.30 am! Bukan main penat I lah ni.

Hi Kak Ummi - thank you for your nice comments on my cake. I wish you and your family a happy new yaer too. Moga2 semua wishes Kak Ummi this year and the coming years are fulfilled. Me? I want a healthy and wise family and to win the lottery big to buy my dream house and belanja all my kawan, of course you are included he!he! Love you too...hugs and kisses. Vin

ICook4Fun said...

I am addicted to fruitcake! I too made 2 boil fruitcake early this month and will be taking one home with me :) I love your tea set. When are you inviting me over to have tea with you? By the way, Happy New Year to you and your family, VG dear.

PureGlutton said...

This looks like a great fruitcake recipe - i must try it one day! But i notice u don't put brandy/liquer in it? Fruitcakes shd taste better with some of that, no?
Btw, i love the so-christmassy wallpaper of your blog! *thumbs up*
Happy New Year to you & family too!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow yummy fruit cake. Love the tea set. Awesome collection dear.

VG said...

Hi Gert - HNY my dear friend. I am blessed we 'found' each other in 2008.

I love fruit cake too, especially the ones that are easy to cook ;)

Glad you like the tea set - you are invited to tea anytime. An open invitation for you; no appointments necessary!!!

HNY Chris to you and your family too. So good to have made your acquaintance.

Chris, There are many versions of fruit cake. Normally you add brandy if you want your cake to keep longer. People usually start baking a month or two before Christmas, hence the use of brandy and also, it releases the flavours of the fruit. Another reason is to 'rejuvenate' the dried fruit. You can also use fruit juice (usually orange juice) to do this, but this method is used to make traditional baked fruit cake, not boiled fruit cake.

Wah, a simple question and I give a thesis on this, LOL!

Lubna - Thank you. A very nice and easy cake to make. Only 1 pot and 1 mixing bowl needed - no mess!!!

Glad you like the tea set - me too, he!he!

HNY to you and your family. May all your wishes in 2009 come true, my friend. I am so happy to know you.

Love and hugs, VG