Easiest Fruit Cake Ever

If you’ve just run out of time in the lead up to Christmas, then the Easiest Fruit Cake Ever is for you.

If cooking isn’t your thing, or you’ve just run out of time in the lead up to Christmas, then the Easiest Fruit Cake Ever is for you.

Ingredients

  • 1kg dried fruit
  • 600ml chocolate milk
  • 2 cups self-raising flour


Method

Place fruit and milk into a bowl, cover with gladwrap and chill overnight. Sift flour into fruit, stir to combine. Spoon into a greased and lined 22 cm round cake tin. Bake for one hour at 160°C.





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    PRETTY BIRD
    7th Dec 2012
    4:43pm
    what no eggs, no sugar??? no alcohol even?? would be interested to hear what this cake tastes like.
    halona
    7th Dec 2012
    5:12pm
    The recipe I have uses iced coffee
    Eillim
    8th Dec 2012
    8:45am
    Can you use low-fat flavored milk ??
    halona
    8th Dec 2012
    12:24pm
    I cannot see why not - after all it is only the moisture that you need

    9th Dec 2012
    11:13pm
    Funny we were discussing this today apparently tasks really good the friend who makes hers like that soaks the fruit overnight in the Choc milk. No alcohol in it before cooking? My older sister and I "feed the cake" by skewering it once cooked and then pour brandy/sherry whatever over the top on 2 or 3 occasions so that it is not only nice and moist but there really is the taste of alcohol to make it different. Seeing as I buy the Lions Xmas cakes it gives it the home made touch.

    10th Dec 2012
    12:14am
    I made a carrot cake today for church (with extra fruit for Christmas.. moist and yum!) and gave a dear neighbour a small slab. She told me about this 3 ingredient fruit cake she's made in the past and it just happens to be this same recipe! I said I didn't like the sound of chocolate and fruit and she said that you don't taste the chocolate, also that it is very moist and delicious. I won't be surprised to find her at my door in the near future with a large piece of this very easy cake! This dear neighbour, in her 80s has recently been cleared of duodenal cancer.. she was so ill and now she's picking up daily.
    PRETTY BIRD
    10th Dec 2012
    11:04pm
    great news about your neighbour pip, let me know what the cake is like , dear old lady
    nenes53
    18th Dec 2012
    12:32am
    Baked at 160o in a fan forced oven for 1 hour and still raw in the middle????? Any clues please?
    halona
    18th Dec 2012
    1:05am
    perhaps keep it cooking as it says below...

    Farmers Union Fruit Cake

    1 kg of mixed fruit soaked in 500mls of Iced Coffee over night.

    Mix in 2 Cups SR Flour and mix thoroughly.

    Place in greased and paper bottomed cake tin and bake at 180 degrees for 45 minutes. Then reduce to 160 degrees until skewer tests clean.
    nenes53
    18th Dec 2012
    8:26pm
    Thank you so much for the reply Halona, it was driving me crazy!! I bought the iced coffee this afternoon so will soak the fruit tonight and make it tomorrow.....
    halona
    18th Dec 2012
    8:41pm
    Hope it works out this time for you.
    nenes53
    18th Dec 2012
    11:32pm
    The temperature quoted is for a "fan forced" oven isn't it????????
    halona
    19th Dec 2012
    12:43am
    Ah well, that is the question isn't it....I've checked at not one of them said fan-forced. Seeing you had a raw centre before I would stick with the above temp but keep an eye on it towards the end, and some said 1 -1 1/2hrs. If it starts to get too brown cover it with some alfoil.
    PRETTY BIRD
    19th Dec 2012
    5:16pm
    not worth the risk, I will stick my tried and true recipe for boiled fruit cake with a tin of mangoes , I know it will tunr our great
    nenes53
    19th Dec 2012
    11:53pm
    I am inclined to agree with you Enjoying Retirement. I have a tried and true boiled fruitcake recipe as well. This cake tasted OK but was lacking something,that's why I thought next time I will use the iced coffee instead of the chocolate Big M.
    halona
    20th Dec 2012
    12:23am
    me too. I've had the recipe for years but have never felt the inclination to make it. I have a lovely recipe for a white christmas cake that I make every other year or so. Thinking on that I haven't made it for a while - must look up the recipe
    PRETTY BIRD
    20th Dec 2012
    11:56am
    halona what is a white xmas cake please?
    halona
    20th Dec 2012
    1:28pm
    Found it.
    White Fruitcake
    5 eggs, beaten
    2510gr butter, soft
    1 cup sugar - I use 3/4 cup
    1 3/4 - 2 cups pl. flour with 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, sifted
    500gr glace cherries - I use 500gr glace apricots, chopped
    500gr glace pineapple, chopped
    4 cups pecans, chopped - I use only 250gr - your choice
    2 tablespoons vanilla essence extract
    2 tablespoons lemon essence - I use 1/2 cup grand marnier - again your choice

    1. Cream butter and sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
    2. Add in the eggs, and mix in well.
    3. Take a little of the flour and fold in the chopped fruit and pecans.
    4. Add the sifted flour and fruit into the egg mixture, along with
    the essences or grand marnier. Mix well.
    5. Pour into greased, lined cake tin of your choice. No size given
    - from memory I used a 20cm square tin. A similar recipe says 18-20cm or loaf tins.
    6. Bake in fan forced oven 160C for 1 - 1 1/2 hours or until cooked.
    halona
    20th Dec 2012
    1:29pm
    oops - the grand marnier is is place of both essences.
    PRETTY BIRD
    20th Dec 2012
    2:25pm
    thanks Halona, I see why its called a white xmas cake it has no dark fruit in it, it sounds nice, I shall give it a go after xmas. would be a bit different to the normal dark fruit cake. 2 tablespoons of each essence seems a lot, is that right? and the butter is meant to be 250 gr I take it?
    halona
    20th Dec 2012
    2:35pm
    oops again...yes 250gr.
    Re the essence amount- when I first came across the recipe I thought the same but have checked other recipes and they are all about the same - one called for 1/2 bottle each essence.
    I just went with the alcohol :)
    PRETTY BIRD
    21st Dec 2012
    1:58pm
    good idea, grog is good ho ho ho !!!
    ok thanks halona, I wonder if port would be ok or sherry which is what I put in my normal fruit cake.
    halona
    21st Dec 2012
    8:44pm
    I would go for the sherry myself - it being a bit lighter


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