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Moist Christmas Fruit Cake


Fruit Cake Recipe

2 sticks butter
1 cup brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup of treacle or honey
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons milk powder
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon mixed spices
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 tsp baking soda


Grease and line 5-6 mini loaf pans. Preheat the oven to 300 F or 150 C.

Sift the flour, milk powder and spices t0gether.

Combine dried fruits, butter, sugar, honey, orange juice and baking soda in a large saucepan. Stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring the mixture to boil and simmer for about 5 minutes over low heat. Stir consistently. Remove the saucepan and leave to cool.

Combine the eggs and gently beat it using a fork. Gently stir it into the cooled cake mixture. Fold in the sifted ingredients. Spread evenly into prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour or until cooked.

Remove the cake and brush the top with brandy. Cover it tightly with aluminium foil. The cake is best eaten after a few days of aging.

Cook’s Note

To prepare 2-3 weeks in advance:

7 cups chopped mixed fruits (assortment of raisins, sultanas, currants, dried cranberries, dried apricots, mixed peel, glazed cherries, etc.)
1 cup of nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pecans or pistachio)
1 -1.5 cups brandy or rum

Pour the brandy or rum into the chopped mixed fruits and nuts. Keep it in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks before use.

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85 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Sookie

    I love fruit cake with Brandy!! Thanks for sharing!! Do you know how to make mince pies (made with rich all-butter pastry and filled with a delicious fruity mincemeat)? I used to purchase from Mark’s and Spencer in Sg. But, US is not selling.

  2. jane

    Hello! what are mixed spices?
    by the way, loved your site, always looking here to make good foods for my family. thanks for sharing.=)

  3. JimQ

    wow, I like this fruit cake, definitely I will bake this one for Christmas, I used to but a lot when I was in Singapore, Tempations Pastry Shop make a good fruit cake also. Do you a Chocolate Mousse Cake “ETOILE” w/c Tempations Pastry has?

  4. Pam Ladds

    I am a Brit and fruit cake is an essential part of the holiday (any holiday). Brandy is an option but scotch and rum are also used – equally liberally. And we don’t genteely brush the top. We stab it in several places with a skewer and pour more booze over the top so that it runs in! It is particularly good with Gaelic coffee!! But wine is fine too!! ;o)

  5. MeiLing

    I love this cake. My aunt used to bring us this cake during Christmas. Do you recommend any kind of rum or brandy? I don’t know much about alcohol as I seldom used them when I baked.

  6. JC

    I am not a fruit cake person as I always find them very sweet. But I do love reading your recipes as you also share the tips and purpose of adding a certain ingredients into the recipe. That makes us a wiser cook than just put this and that ingredients without better understanding! I love your blog! Do keep the recipes coming. Thanks! Wishing you and family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  7. gaffhill

    Your recipes look great my problem is they are not printer frinedly. I printed the recipe and got everything comments I got 5 pages printed for a single recipe?

    • alice

      next time you want to print JUST THE RECIPE, highlight the recipe, when it’s all highlighted, then go to top of page, click file, (if you don’t see it, right click and click print) when your printer properties come up, you should have an option for printing SELECTION click on that.then, click print.

    • Et

      I know Xmas is over but wud like to try yr recipe. When I add the fruits do I have to add the brandy as well or do I throw it away and use only the fruits. Can us also pls advise the amount of flour in grams as I can never get the measurement right if I use cups measurement. thks

  8. kiyoka mori

    thanx for sharing the recipe with us. what can i substitute brandy@rum with as i am making some for my muslim friends.

      • bgawat


        I made this fruit cake, followed your recipe but it did not turn out dark, more on the light side. What did I do wrong? Thanks in advance.

        • may

          Hi bgawat, it could be due to the brown sugar that you use (some are light brown, some dark brown)or the proportion of dark coloured fruits in your fruits mixed. As long as the taste is good, the colour is unimportant.

      • karuna

        Hi I made this cake last night and had it this morning. It’s tastes delicious and moist but has come out dense( not fluffy and airy). Is this cake supposed to be dense? Our have I don’t something wrong?

    • Lance Desker

      My Gran used to use golden syrup – Lyle’s was the brand – Molasses has a semi-bitter taste, while golden syrup is light tasting, sweet and has the same texture as molasses. Some people use honey.

  9. leng

    hi bee! just would like to ask what could i substitute for milk powder? and lastly, the brandy where the fruits/nuts were soaked, do i throw that away or mix it with the rest of the ingredients?

    thanks so much!!!

    • may

      Hi leng, this is the 1st time I came across a fruits cake recipe that uses milk powder. You can skip it. The residue brandy mix in, don’t throw. Brandy makes the cake tastier, more moist & keeps longer.

  10. Susan Chee

    I am trying this recipe for the 1st time. I have the dried fruits and nuts soaking in the brandy in a pyrex container; do I need to keep the mixture in the fridge since it is almost summer in Australia and it is rather warm?

    How soon can the cake be removed from the loaf tin? Should the cake be brushed with brandy after it has cooled or should it done when it is still hot?

  11. Jocelyn

    Hi, I’ve bookmarked this recipe for a few months and intend to save it for this year’s Christmas. The raisins are already soaking! I read somewhere that I need to place a pan of water in the oven to prevent cake drying out, do I need to do this in your recipe? I’m so excited!!

  12. Sabrina

    Hi I’m gonna try this fruit cake. Would you mind to advise how many gram of butter? How much butter of 2 sticks?


  13. Gin

    Hi, thanks for the great recipe. I wonder what causes my cake to look more like a pudding than a cake. Have I used too much orange juice. Please help as I followed the recipe and the batter is very liquid. Thanks once again.

  14. Cindy

    Thanks for a great recipe! I made this last week n it is a success n I m hoarding a big chunk of it for myself. Hehe. Hence will make a 2nd one for Christmas Day itself. I wish I hv a longer time to mature n soak the fruits but I m too greedy to gv up my personal stash! Thanks again. Btw I made it w rum.

  15. susan

    It sounds as though you wrap the cake right out of the oven. Is this so, or do I let it cool as I would any other cake? My first fruit cake… wish me luck. Looks great so far; putting it in oven now!

  16. bobby veeramany

    hai is it possible to have this recipe in metrics please. I have searched so many fruit cake recipe and only yours was truly satisfying to read problem is i can neva make a cake with imperial measurement

  17. renu

    i tried the recipes… its awesome…superb…i f been receiving repeating orders. thanx.
    wat can i subtitute the alcohol..if i wan non alcohol fruit cake..

  18. FranKouju

    Hi… I can see that you are using stick to your butter measurement. How many gram of 1 stick of butter that you are using? Normal block of butter is about 250 gram.

  19. suma

    You are using here 8 cups of dried fruits and 21/3 cups of all purpose flour .Could you please give the measure ment in grams for both. Can I use cake flour or plain flour in the place of all purpose flour?

  20. joyce

    I’m planning on making the moist fruitcake.But am wondering on time for regular size loaf pan.
    Advise is appreciated.

  21. Maleni Devadas

    Tried this cake and allowed all my relatives to try it. They’re now HOOKED! Have been asked to bake a whole cake for each of them next time around. Also, my brother who hates fruit cakes finished half the cake moments after it was out of the oven! Thank you so much for the great recipe!

  22. Christine

    Hi..according to your info-we need least 5-6mini pan loaf,can i use the 9×5 pan loaf instead?? if i still need to follow exactly 7cups of fruits and 1cup of rum??
    Please advise. Thank you so much.

  23. Josephine

    Please help me to understand why the baking soda would get heated…I never heard of that and can’t find any info on it. Thank you!
    Also, I am very happy to be making this cake; It will be my very first fruit cake!

  24. Nish

    I don’t have brandy but can I use bacardi white rum or hennessy ( cognac)? Will this alter the taste too much?

  25. Veronica

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    Mix Fruit cake is my husband favourite. He told me mix fruit cake should be dense and moist.I tried a recipe from other chef, It’s fluffy so I wonder if it is because of the flour I use (Medium Protein Flour).

    Now I found your recipe and feeling so excited for it. Thanks again for sharing.

  26. anjum

    I followed the exact recipe, but the cake looks wet but it tastes amazing. It doesnt look like the picture you posted, mine doesnt look like cake. What did i do wrong?

  27. LD

    Hi, your recipe is very interesting and I am gonna try it out. I just have a few questions.
    1) the recipe requires me to boil the soaked ingredients with butter,sugar, orange juice, honey and baking soda. Do I need to drain out the soaked mixture before putting in the saucepan or just include it with the rum as well?
    2) is it okay to boil the baking soda?
    3) the egg has to be mixed with the mixture from the saucepan or the dry ingredients?
    4) I noticed it is stated that we have to fold in the mixture. Does that mean we don’t have to use the electric mixer at all for this recipe?

  28. Sarah

    I just made this cake the past weekend and it smells so incredible that I can’t stop thinking about it. It kills me to have to wait for days before I can eat it!
    I made it into 4 Loaves and am planning to give 3 Away.

    How long do these cakes keep? I’ve read that fruit cakes taste better with age, but there isn’t any indication on how long your fruit cake can keep for.

    Any advice?

    Thank you.

  29. Aruna

    I tried this recipe. It tastes good but i don’t get a cake consistency. mine turns out too dense and more of a firm pudding. What went wrong?Even the mixture before baking is runny.

  30. Elisa

    I made this 2 days ago, as its name, it was very moist and flavorful. The only thing i changed was replaced the 1 Cup orange juice with milk and hence replaced the 2 Tbs milk powder with plain flour. That’s because i ran out of orange juice. Love this cake! thanks for sharing.

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