Light fruit cake

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Serves: 10

By Al0uiseG



  • 200g self-raising flour

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 150ml milk

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp mixed spice

  • 340g mixed dried fruit

  • 115g demerara sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 115g butter

  • 1 pinch nutmeg grated


  1. Boil a kettle and soak the fruit while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients, beat in the butter.
  3. Combine the eggs, milk and vanilla extract and beat into the mixture.
  4. Strain the fruit and fold into the cake mix.
  5. Pour into a cake tin, bake for 1 hour at 130C.

Handy Hint

It's a very robust mix, you can add mashed banana/grated apple/stem ginger and vary the quantities and type of fruit.
For a variation use 1 tsp of orange flower water or rosewater to replace the vanilla.

Additional Information

  • Make Ahead

  • Can Freeze

  • cake

  • Cake/Dessert

  • Vegetarian

  • Nut Free

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  • Cookingtime123 19/08/16 16:07

    Just made this fruit cake I used tall tin 8in one, fab recipe delicious, definitely on my best recipe list.

  • BuntCadger 24/04/15 16:30

    Just baked this with my 3 and 7 year old. I split the recipe between 2 small loaf tins and it took an extra 15 min to bake. I also put a layer of marzipan in them. Yum

  • Jennyliz 14/01/15 18:05

    Sounds fabulous! What size cake tin do you use for this recipe, please?

  • Al0uiseG 02/06/11 11:08

    Much, much lighter than a traditional fruitcake and definitely an easy way to get some of that 5 a day in.