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Moist Fruit Cake

July 18, 2017 | Recipe by Bake with Paws
Moist Fruit Cake

6 Inch Round Pan ⇧

Moist Fruit Cake

Moist Fruit Cake

7 Inch Round Pan ⇧

I couldn’t wait to taste this moist fruit cake as it is made from dried fruits I have been soaking in brandy and rum since last Christmas. I just baked it last week and the cake is set now and ready to eat. I must say it is indeed delicious and worth to wait:)

Merry Christmas!

Recipe - Moist Fruit Cake 

Yields: Two 7 inch round cakes


180g plain flour
100g almond meals
1 tsp mixed spice (Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and coriander)
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp baking powder

250g butter
5 eggs (large)
50g brown sugar (please add more if you prefer sweeter)
2 Tbsp (30g) honey
1 Tbsp (15g) mollasses (optional)
120g fresh milk/full cream milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
30g orange juice
Zest (outer orange skin) of 1 orange
Zest of 1 lemon (optional)

1 kg mixed dried fruits - cranberry, golden raisin, dark raisin and apricot 
30g - 40g candied Orange Peels (optional)
150ml - 200ml or more of rum or brandy 

Two 7 inches round pan  OR
Two 6 inches round pan  OR
Two 6 inches square pan

  1. Soaking Dried Fruits:
    1. Cut the apricot into smaller pieces.  Blend all the dried fruits in a airtight container.  Pour 200ml or more of rum/brandy and stir until all the dried fruits are coated with alcohol.
    2. Leave in the refrigerator for for 2 weeks or up to 1 year.  I would check the dried fruits frequently and add more alcohol as it got soaked up.
  2. Baking Day:
    1. Preheat your oven to 165C -170C (top and bottom heat)
    2. Grease and line 2 round baking tins. Line inside with baking parchment, then wrap a double layer of paper/newspaper/aluminium foils around outside and tie with string to secure.
    3. Sift together, flour, baking powder, almond meals and spices.
    4. In a bowl of stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add in egg until nicely mixed together
    5. Add in honey and orange zest, mix well.  
    6. Add in half of the flour mixture, beat to combine.  Then add in milk and orange juice and mix till incorporated.  Fold in the balance of the flour mixture with spatula until well combined.
    7. Lastly, fold in the soaked mixed fruits and mix well.  Add in candied orange peels if you like.  
    8. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and level it
    9. Bake at preheated oven for 70 – 80 minutes.
    10. Remove cake from oven.  Allow to cool in the pan before turning out onto a wire rack. When cold, wrap the cake tightly in a double layer foil or cling film in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator (up to several months). 

  1. I normally leave cake in the fridge for 4 - 5 days to let it set before cutting. The hardest part of the whole recipe is to wait patiently for the cake to set!
  2. As you can see I did not use cherry in my mixed dried fruits.  I find it is not that healthy as a lot of colouring added.
  3. If you can't get the store bought almond meals, just blend raw almond in a food processor until fine.


  1. you share us the most amazing cake recipe, thanks

  2. nice post,thank you

  3. thank you for sharing the recipe. do you feed the cake with liquor after it is baked?

    1. Thank you, Adeline for the question. No, I didn't...

  4. Hi. What do I substitute alcohol with for soaking the dried fruits please? Thank you

    1. Hi Elle,
      Thank you for asking. I never tried non-alcoholic fruit cake yet. I don't have the right answer for this. But, I see some people use hot black tea to soak the fruits. You may want to search online for more details.

      Cheers :)

  5. What is the size of the cake tin

  6. Best fruit cake ever!! Made this and everyone loves it!! Thanks 🙏🏻

    1. Hi, thanks for trying this recipe and your kind feedback. I am so happy to hear that everyone loves it.

      Cheers :)

  7. do you cut the apricot and cranberry into smaller pieces before soak in the rum?

    1. Hi, yes I cut the apricot to smaller pieces but not the raisins and cranberry.

      Cheers :)

  8. Should I use sweetened dried fruits or unsweetened ones?

    1. Hi, Thanks for reading and asking.

      The dried fruits (cranberry, golden raisin, dark raisin and apricot) I used is natural sweetness and no sugar added. However, if you prefer very sweet cake then please use sweetened dried fruits if you prefer.

      Cheers :)

  9. Hi, do you mix the mixed spice on your own or bought ready made?

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      Thank you for asking. I used to mix my own because I tried to finish my spices that I have. But, this year I used the ready mixed spices.

      Cheers :)


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