3 ingredient fruit cake

3 ingredient fruit cake



  • 1 kg mixed dried fruit
  • 2 1/2 cups (625ml) fruit juice
  • 2 cups self-raising flour


Place mixed dried fruit in a medium saucepan and pour over 2 cups of fruit juice. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and leave to cool for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 150°C fan-forced or 170°C conventional. Line a 20cm round spring form tin with baking paper and set aside.

Sift the self-raising flour over the soaked fruit and stir well until completely combined. Use the remaining half cup of juice if needed to make a moist mixture.

Pour into cake tin and bake for 2 hours on the lowest shelf.

Remove from oven and leave cake to cool entirely in the tin.

Wrap in foil and keep in an airtight container for 2-3 days before slicing.

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  • I used apple juice for this recipe but you can also use orange juice, pineapple juice or even prune juice.
  • I like to give this cake a slosh of brandy when it comes out of the oven. It’s a nice touch but not absolutely required and not recommended if children are consuming this cake.
  • This cake is not overly sweet as it gets its sweetness from the fruit. If you prefer a sweet cake you should add three tablespoons of brown sugar while the mixture is simmering in the pan.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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