Sunday, 20 November 2011

Boiled fruit cake - an oldie but a goodie

Lurpak recently got in touch to ask me to come up with a recipe for their website - they wanted an alternative to the traditional Christmas cake. So I thought of my favourite boiled fruit cake recipe - the recipe is years old (I think it was originally my mum's) and I've tinkered with it, and it's a great one for using up whatever you've got in your cupboards!

For the cake in the photo, I used glacé cherries, raisins, sultanas, cranberries, apricots and mixed peel. Best of all, it's incredibly easy and all you will have to wash up afterwards is one saucepan, one wooden spoon and the cake tin! So if you've left it to the last minute and haven't time to make a traditional rich fruit cake, or can't be bothered with the necessary care and feeding involved, this is the recipe for you. I used to make it regularly during my last chef job, and it was always a big seller.

Find it here, on the Lurpak website.

I don't know why boiled fruit cakes aren't more popular, but they really seem to have gone out of fashion, despite Nigella coming up with a chocolate version. They need a revival! Have you ever made one?


  1. I've never made a boiled fruit cake, but will certainly give it a try. Your recipe sounds (and looks) delicious, and not too complicated - perfect.

  2. Sadly I've never made a boiled fruit cake :( My ex didn't like dried fruit so was never worth baking one but now he has gone...yey boiled fruit cake is on the list! Love fruit cake!

    Yours look so jam packed with fruit, delicious!

  3. I have never made a fruit cake before but with the festive season approaching i think I may have to give it ago! thanks for the recipe!

  4. I've never made a boiled fruit cake either. I think I'll give your recipe a go though.

  5. This recipe's just disappeared from the Lurpak website! I've been making one every week for the last few months as a post parkrun treat, and it never occured to me to write the recipe down. I'm pretty sure I know what I'm doing, but could you confirm the amounts of butter and sugar please?


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