I have been baking again today, this time a mixed fruit cake.


  • 225g Butter
  • 300g Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 400g Plain flour
  • 120ml Hot water (from kettle)
  • 120ml semi skimmed milk
  • 220g mixed fruit (or you can use raisins, sultanas or currants)
  • 1tbsp Baking powder


  1. Heat the oven up to 180C or gas mark 4.
  2. Put butter and sugar in a bowl then pour over the hot water.
  3. When the mixture softens up whisk until creamy then slowly add the eggs.
  4. Mix in the flour, mixed fruit, milk and baking powder. Continue to mix until everything mixed thouroughly.
  5. Grease a large cake tin then pour mixture into it. (I have a silicon one so it doesn’t need greasing first)
  6. Cook in the oven at 180C for 30 minutes then reduce the heat to 150C or gas mark 2 for a further 40 minutes.
  7. Remove and check with a skewer to make sure it’s done inside. Times may vary too especially if you have a fan assisted oven so check the cake often.
  8. Leave to cool on a wire rack then serve with a great tasting coffee or tea!