21 Dec 2015

Boiled Fruit Cake | Easy Christmas Cake

I never soaked fruits for this year's Christmas cake, mostly because of all the rain and floods in my city, I'm simply not in the mood to celebrate. Or maybe I was just lazy and procrastinated! I think it's a bit of both. Either way, I did not have soaked fruits for my cake.

Boiled Fruit Cake

So I decided to make a simple, easy, lazy Christmas cake. This cake is a really easy, simple, no fuss cake. But still the cake tastes awesome! Boiling the fruits increases the flavor tremendously making this a wonderful bake for Christmas.  

I'm almost thinking of baking this cake every year! It's that tasty and soft and moist! Since it's so simple, I'm seriously tempted to make this my go to Christmas Cake! 

Boiled Fruit Cake

The only time taken is to chop the fruits and waiting for the boiled fruits to cool down! I used what ever fruits I had at hand. Raisins, sultanas, dried apricot, dried figs, dates, cherries. I did not add any nuts, if you want to add, then don't boil the nuts. You can add it after the fruits have cooled down.

Boiled Fruit Cake

Preparation time 30 mins | Baking time 60 mins | Serves 12

  • Fruits and nuts - 3 cups
  • All purpose flour (maida) - 1.5 cup (195 gms)
  • Water - 1 cup (240 ml)
  • Butter - 1/4 cup (55 gms)
  • Brown sugar - 1 cup (210 gms)
  • Cinnamon powder - 1 tsp
  • Clove powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Nutmeg powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Eggs - 2 large
  • Baking soda - 1 tsp
  • Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  • Grape juice - 1 tbsp (optional)
Boiled Fruit Cake

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Boiled Fruit Cake

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1. Roughly chop all the fruits and add it to a sauce pan. 

2. Add the brown sugar, butter, spice powder and salt.
3. Add the water and grape juice and mix well. 

4. Bring this to a boil. Let it boil for about 5-8 minutes. Remove from stove and let it cool. 

5. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees C / 350 F. Grease and line a 9*5*3 inch loaf pan.

6. Add the vanilla to the eggs and beat lightly and add it to the boiled fruit mixture. 
7. Add the baking soda to the flour and mix well. Add the flour to the fruit mixture and mix again until it's well mixed.

8. Pour into the greased pan and tap the pan lightly.
9. Bake in the pre heated oven for about 60 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

10. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes and then remove from pan and cool completely.

Boiled Fruit Cake

1. Make sure the eggs are at room temperature.
2. Use any mix of fruits and nuts. If adding nuts, do not boil it along with the fruits. Chop the nuts and toast it and add it while adding the eggs and flour.
3. You can eat this cake immediately but I prefer cutting fruit cakes 24 hours later. By then all the spice flavors will infuse making the cake delightful.
4. If you want a good fruit cake then use good fruits and nuts.
5. Using grape juice is optional.
6. Since there are lots of fruits and nuts, the cake will crumble slightly while cutting. Use a serrated knife to cut the cake and use a sawing motion.

Until next time,

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  1. I definitely see the tastiness and the visuals, simply captivating as well.

  2. Beulah so good and very enthusiastic to try
    You are a motivator

  3. This is such a good recipe! I am not so fond of fruit cakes, but reading through the list of ingredients, it sounds really easy and something that my folks may enjoy! Bookmarked!

  4. The cake looks so delicious. Lovely pics.


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