Fruit cake recipe

This fruit cake recipe will make a great birthday cake or wedding cake.  If you are looking for a fruit cake recipe for a special occasion, this will be ideal.

Ingredients (8 inch cake tin)

  • Plain flour: 350g
  • Mixed spice: 10g
  • Ground almonds: 110g
  • Eggs (medium): 6
  • Soft dark brown sugar: 250g
  • Butter: 250g
  • Dried mixed fruit: 1kg
  • Mixed peel (cut): 50g
  • Glace cherries: 125g
  • Lemon: 1
  • Orange: 1
  • Dark rum (optional): 250ml

Getting everything ready

  • With a touch of butter, lightly grease an 8 inch cake tin and neatly line with greaseproof paper (double thickness).
  • Place the dried mixed fruit into a large clean bowl and add the chopped mixed peel.  Cut the cherries in half and add to the bowl.  Grate the rind of lemon and orange and add to the bowl.  Mix well together.
  • Sift the flour and mixed spice into another bowl.  Mix in the ground almonds.
  • Pre-heat oven to 150°C (Gas Mark 2).

Method

  1. Place the butter and soft dark brown sugar into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Use an electric hand-held whisk on low speed to whisk together until the mixture is creamy in texture.
  3. Break the eggs one at a time into a cup.  Turn up the speed of the whisk and add the eggs one at a time until all the egg has been incorporated (if you find the mixture starts to separate, add a spoonful of flour to bring the mixture back to normal).
  4. Turn down the speed on the whisk and mix in the flour mixture.
  5. Add the dried mixed fruit and mix together well.
  6. Transfer the fruit cake mixture to the prepared baking tin – you may find it easier to use your hands.  Push the mixture into the sides of the tin and level off the top with the back of your hand.  Make a little indentation in the centre of your fruit cake allowing it to rise slightly during baking.
  7. Place the baking tin on a baking tray and put the fruit cake in your pre-heated oven for about 2.5 hours or until the fruit cake is firm when pressed with your fingers and/or a skewer comes out clean.
  8. When cooked, remove the fruit cake from the oven and allow to cool in it’s tin until the next day.
  9. Use a skewer to make a few small holes in the top of the cake and drizzle the dark rum over the surface.
  10. Give the fruit cake another day before removing from it’s tin then remove any greaseproof paper.  Place the fruit cake in an air-tight tin until needed.

Hints and tips

If you want to make a special cake for that special occasion, such as a Birthday or Wedding, make it a few weeks in advance and add a touch more rum from time to time.  The fruit cake will improve even more over several weeks.

A good dark rum has been used in this fruit cake recipe but you can of course use a good brandy.

Watch this fruit cake being made

Other great tasting cake recipes

Anzac biscuits recipe

This anzac biscuit recipe makes 8-10 anzac biscuits (cookies). If looking for biscuits recipes, this recipe for anzac biscuits will be great.

Buttercream cupcakes

This cupcake reflects the four seasons of the year in terms of the buttercream icing colours used.

Vanilla shortbread biscuits

This biscuits recipe is for vanilla shortbread, sometimes called shortbread cookies. This recipe for shortbread uses vanilla sugar and makes great tasting biscuits for all to enjoy.

Chocolate cupcakes

These chocolate and mint cupcakes have a hint of the refreshing taste of mint, look great and are easy to make.

Cream horns

This recipe for cream horns is also known as creme horns. If looking for cream horn recipes, look no further.

Blueberry muffins

This blueberry muffin recipe is a great muffin recipe to try at home. This muffins recipe makes 8-10 blueberry muffins and they taste great when nice and warm.

Fairy cakes and cake decorating

This cake recipe makes fairy cakes. You can choose the cake decorations of your choice. Here the fairy cakes are decorated with icing, cherries and buttercream.

Cream meringues

This recipe for cream meringues is a favourite cake recipe for many. This recipe for meringues makes 8-12 cream meringues for you to enjoy.

Swiss roll

This sponge cake recipe is for making a swiss roll. This swiss roll recipe is quick to make and is a great cake to serve with friends.

Chocolate brownies

This chocolate brownie recipe is for those that love chocolate. This recipe for brownies makes around 12 chocolate brownies for you to enjoy.

2 Comments

  1. Rana says:

    You mention mixed spice in your recipe. Which spices are contained in this mixed spice?

  2. Hi – there are different spices in a mixed spice. You can buy mixed spices in a single package in most supermarket/grocery stores. Thank, Jeremy.

Comments are closed.