Fruit Cake

Breakfast, back at my home, has always been idli and dosa. Varieties and new recipes do come in every now and then, but nothing has come even close to challenging the position of dosa and idli.

The only time there was a serious competition was when my mother bought the oven. What followed was a cake festival.  The three of us would hang around the oven sniffing and compelling the cake to complete baking just by looking at it.

I still remember my mother munching on a piece of fruit cake and commenting, ‘Mmm..very nice. We can have this for breakfast instead of the same old idli and dosa’.

The oven may have won the battle, but the war was won by idli ultimately. After a fervent baking session, the oven was shoved aside to a corner and the idli cooker resumed its usual place.

When I saw this boiled fruit cake in Joy of Baking, it reminded me of the cake amma used to make. So I too started the nostalgic process of adding the raisins and tutti fruities to the batter, while Shreyas hang around saying, ‘Mmm.. smells nice’.


  • Sugar                                        :              1 cup (Brown, if possible)
  • Hot water                                :             1 cup
  • Butter                                       :              1/4 cup (50 gms)
  • Mixed Spice                           :              1 tsp (or ground cinnamon + ground cloves)
  • Ground Ginger                      :              1 tsp
  • Eggs                                           :              2
  • All purpose flour                 :              1 1/2 cups
  • Baking soda                            :              1 tsp
  • Vanilla Extract                     :              1 tsp
  • Raisins                                      :             1 cup (about 100 gms)
  • Candied Fruit                         :             3/4 cup (about 120 gms)


  1. Pre heat the oven to 180 C. Grease a 9″ long loaf pan.
  2. In a large pan, add the hot water, butter, raisins, ground ginger,sugar and mixed spice powder. You can include half a teaspoon of salt too, if you want to. Bring this to a boil, and let it cook for 5 minutes. Take off the heat, let it cool.
  3. Beat the eggs and add it to the boiled fruit. Make sure that its cool, else the eggs might get cooked! Mix.
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, vanilla extract and candied fruit. Mix. Pour the batter into the greased pan.
  5. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes free of crumbs.

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7 responses to “Fruit Cake

  1. yumm, looks so pretty, am sure it tasted awesome. thanks for linking to the event.

  2. Your fruit cake looks moist and delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe and your technique with the Hearth and Soul Hop.


  3. The cake looks wonderful – but having tried idlis and dosas and appams and being a lover of Indian food (north, south and everything in between), I’d be hard pressed to make a choice! Have a great start to 2012.

  4. PERFECT fruit cake. I really loved those candied fruits. They bring out a lovely color to the cake. Thanks so much for linking your dish to Kid’s Delight – Something Sweet. Would love to have more entries from you :)

    Kavi (Edible Entertainment)

  5. Shirley

    Very pretty cake . may i ask if i can use regular white sugar instead of brown ??
    in the joy of baking video ,her cake is brown .and the one in your piucture is a lovely lite colored one .

  6. Shirley

    ok Cool ..Thanks . shall bake this for my family for xmas .

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