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Boiled Fruit Cake

Boiled Fruit Cake

This deliciously rich and fruity cake is frequently requested by Dairy Diary readers.

Boiled Fruit Cake


Mixed dried fruit 350g (12oz)

Glacè cherries 150g (5oz), roughly chopped

Mixed peel 50g (2oz)

Walnuts 50g (2oz), roughly chopped

Brown sugar 175g (6oz)

Butter 110g (4oz)

Mixed spice 1 tsp

Bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp

Milk 300ml (½ pint)

Self-raising flour 350g (12oz), sifted

Eggs 2, beaten



Preheat oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas 3. Place all ingredients except flour and eggs into a pan. Bring up to boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Cool slightly.


Add flour and eggs and stir well. Line a deep 20cm (8in) cake tin with greaseproof paper. Tip cake mixture into tin and level top.


Bake for 40 minutes then reduce heat to 150°C/300°F/Gas 2 and cook for 40-45 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.


Allow to cool in tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Remove paper and leave until cold.

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    • Janet Waterfield
    • 23/02/2019

    I often cook this one I got the recipe from the hero book past it on to the nursing home I work at and also to my friends and family

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    • Mary Hunter
    • 25/02/2019

    Just made this cake. It is gorgeous and was so easy to make. Great idea mixing everything in a pan.

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    • Jean Stewart
    • 14/04/2019

    I have been baking this cake since I got married 51 years ago and it is still enjoyed by the family.

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    • Bernadette Byrne
    • 28/08/2019

    I’ve been making this cake since the early eighties from my ‘Dairy Diary’ I have recently moved house and, haven’t found my dairy diary yet :(( So, I thought I’d search online … I’m thrilled I’ve found it as, it’s a totally gorgeous cake ! Love it ! ♥️

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    My daughter always loved this cake – I make it at Christmas. So much so that I made it her wedding cake!

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    Old Bero flour recipe passed from my gran to my mum then to me. Scummy. 😋 😋 😋 😋

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