This more of a fruit slice than a traditional fruit cake. The fresh fruit makes it quite moist and it’s nice sliced and buttered.

Mena's Boiled Fruit Cake cropped


  • ½ carton margarine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 packet mixed fruit
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 apples
  • Cherries & nuts (walnuts, pecans)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups self raising flour
  • 1 heaped teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon

Put the margarine, water, sugar and mixed fruit into a saucepan and boil. Set aside to cool. Squeeze 2 oranges, save juice, finely dice peel and add to saucepan. Mash 2 bananas, grate 2 apples, add to saucepan with cherries and nuts. When cool add orange juice and 2 eggs, then sifted flour & spices. Bake 160°C for ¾ hour in 3 small loaf tins.

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