Thursday, December 29, 2011

Boil And Bake Fruit Cake

Before I left for KL, I baked these fruit cakes for my Piggies . Fruit cake can keep for days and months , so they are great as gifts too. I baked extra for Josh to give to his girlfriend Elaine and family :)   I have never tried fruit cake that uses boil and bake method , of course, this put me in motion and gosh, it was  GOOD ! Love the texture and I got good feedbacks from Elaine's family and my Piggies and of course Kristy too said that the cake was good :))))))

This recipe is from  things for boys  . This is a super good recipe for fruit cake and I am going to bake this again. I reduced the sugar by 30%  :) and added 1 cup of toasted walnuts to the recipe :p  A big thank you to things for boys for sharing this recipe with us.  Love it ! Easy and no frills . Just put all the ingredients except the eggs and flour, boils under medium low heat until the sugar and butter has melted.  Cool it and add the eggs and flour till well mixed. Pour into greased and lined loaf pan and bake for 45 mins to 55 mins  and tada not much washing involved and not much work either...doesn't this suit all of us. Easy and yet the end result is a delicious mouth-watering cake!  This cake is not just for the festive can have it over a cup of brewing hot coffee or tea....yummy!


I put in extra toasted the nutty flavor of this cake :)

love the texture of the cake...moist and every bites full 
of fruits and nuts

this was for Elaine's family

and this was for Piggy Jo and Kristy :)

Boil And Bake Fruit Cake - adapted from ' things for boys '


150g butter
300g sultanas
300g currants
130g brown sugar
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp bicarb soda
1 cup (250ml) water
2 eggs, lightly beaten
300g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
* I added 1 cup of toasted walnuts ( chopped coarsely )


In a saucepan, combine all ingredients except eggs, flour and baking powder. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils, stirring often. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
While the mixture is cooling, grease and line a 23cm cake tin. Put the oven on to preheat at 180°C (360°F). 
Beat eggs into mixture until well combined. Sift flour and baking powder together, then beat into mixture until nice and even. Pour mixture into tin and spread out with a spatula to evenly fill tin. Bake for 1hr - 1hr 15 mins, until skewer comes out clean. 
Cool in tin on wire rack. Turn out cake when cold. 

The cake will keep for at least a few days, wrapped in cling film or stored in a cake tin. It also freezes and defrosts without a problem

Wishing my family, friends and readers
a Blessed 2012 !  
May 2012 brings good health,
joy and happiness and lots of
good food too :))

Happy Holidays to all !


  1. Hehe, we still have half of this deliciousness sitting in the fridge waiting to be devoured. Slurp !! Thank u !!

  2. hi Elin
    when u baked 45 - 55 mins, is it for loaf pan size?
    In your recipe given, bake for 1hr - 1hr 15mins is it for 23cm pan?
    thks alot.
    Blessed New Year to you :)

  3. Jo...hope you guys really like it :)

    Kathy...:) yea yummy

    May...sorry...I did not elaborate the size of the baking pan. Yup 45 -55 mins is for the loaf pan and the 1 hr-1hr 15 mins is for the 9" square tin. Each oven is different so you have to keep checking on your cake after 30 mins.

  4. Your fruit cake looks yummy!

    Have a great 2012 ahead, and happy new year!

  5. hi Elin - lovely to see someone making my recipe! I love the idea of adding walnuts. It's also good to know that you can reduce the sugar and that it bakes nicely in a loaf tin. Happy New Year! Abby

  6. Piggy...thanks and you too have a blessed New year.. I look forward to all your sharing...keep them coming:)

    Abby...I forgot to inform you that I have used your recipe :p glad you can drop by to read the post. Thank you so much for your recipe. The cake was a hit with my kids and friends :) Yes, it bakes well in a loaf tin :) Happy New Year to you too !

  7. I love fruit cakes and this one looks delicious!
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  8. Hi Elin
    It's been a pleasure reading and drooling over your delicious recipes this year. Can't wait to see what you have in store for 2012!
    Happy New Year!

  9. Gotta love a fruit cake - and its keeping qualities are definitely a plus. Happy New Year!

  10. I have tried another recipe that called for the fruits to be boiled first and it was delicious so I know this cake must be delicious too! Look at all the fruits in the cake! Yum! Happy New Year to you Elin:)

  11. I've never had fruit cake before. What a beautiful cake!

  12. Elpiniki...thanks..will check your blog out :)

    roxana...same to you :)

    Cakelaw...Happy New Year to you too :)

    Jeannie...same to you too :)

    Sook...oh you must try this then. Just reduce the sugar unless you have sweet tooth :) Happy New Year to you :)