Oliversmum is a self-taught cook who likes to try new and healthy recipes. Her preferences include biscuits/cookies, cakes, and puddings.
My Mum's Recipe
This fruit cake has a great fruity flavor, and the pineapple makes it very moist. It is also very easy to make, and it's suitable for almost every occasion, including Christmas.
My mum used to make this cake for us when we were kids, and she told me that her mum had made it for her and her brothers and sisters—so this fruit cake recipe has been around in our family for many, many years.
My own family tells me that this cake is one of their favorite things that I cook for them, but then I say, "Oh, yeah? What about the corn flake biscuits and the lemon pudding?"
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 (15-ounce) can / 420 grams crushed pineapple
- 2 eggs
- 1 pound / 450 grams mixed fruit
- 4 ounces / 110 grams butter
- 1 teaspoon bi-carb soda
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice
- 1 cup sifted self-rising flour
- 1 cup sifted plain flour
- In a saucepan, add sugar, pineapple, mixed fruit, bi-carb, spice, and butter. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Bring it to a boil slowly, then boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool to almost cold.
- Sift self-raising flour and plain flour together then add alternately with well-beaten eggs into the fruit mixture. Mix well with a wooden spoon to make sure all flour is well absorbed.
- Grease and line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch (20-centimeter) cake tin with either baking paper or brown paper.
- Place the mixture into the tin, smoothing it to make sure it is even on top. Bake in a moderate oven for approximately 1 1/4 hours. Reduce heat to moderately low and bake for a further 15 or 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
After taking it out of the oven, place it on a cooling rack and leave it in the tin for approximately 15 minutes, then take it out of the tin and place it upside down until it has cooled a little, then up the right way again. (In my experience, it seems to cool more evenly doing it that way.)
- Raw sugar could be used in place of brown sugar.
- On the cake that I baked today, I crushed walnuts and sprinkled them on top before baking.
- Crushed almonds, almond slithers, chopped pecan nuts, or a combination of your favorite nuts could be used.
- Or just plain. It tastes delicious whichever way you choose.
This is a lovely-tasting fruit cake for any occasion, including Christmas, weddings, christenings or birthdays.
I have never decorated a fruit cake, but you could if you like.
My family loves this particular fruit cake, and I hope you do too!
© 2010 oliversmum