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light fruit cake

Light Fruit Cake

This very easy Light Fruit Cake recipe is full of juicy sultanas and lightly spiced. Although an everyday cake it is so delicious it feels like a special treat with every slice.

Course cake, snacks
Cuisine English
Keyword easy cakes, fruit cake, light fruit cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 10
Calories 393 kcal


  • 200 grams sultanas
  • 100 mls just boiled water
  • 250 grams plain flour
  • 160 grams butter
  • 250 grams caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 2 tsp baking powder


  1. Preheat your oven to 170 C/325 F/Gas Mark 3. Line your 8 " loose bottomed or spring release cake tin with reusable liners or baking parchment.

  2. Boil your kettle and measure 100 mls into a measuring jug. Make sure it is only 100 mls, it is easy to overfill a measuring jug level!

  3. Put 200 grams of sultanas in a small, but big enough to hold the sultanas and water, bowl and carefully pour over the boiled water. Set aside to cool.

  4. Put the 160 grams of butter, 2 tsp of baking powder and 250 grams of flour into your mixing bowl and mix until it forms shaggy lumps. You can do this in a free standing mixer, with a electric hand held whisk or wooden spoon and mixing bowl.

  5. Once the sultanas have cooled a little then put them into the bowl along with 250 grams of sugar,1 tsp of mixed spice, 1 tsp of cinnamon and 3 eggs.

  6. Mix until the mixture pales slightly.

  7. Place your batter into your cake tin and level the batter.

  8. Bake for about 50 minutes-1 hour or until the cake is golden and a cake skewer/cocktail stick comes out of your cake clean. Start checking your cake at 50 minutes as some ovens bake hotter and quicker. I sometimes turn the oven temperature down at 45 minutes or so if the top starts to get too brown.

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Recipe Notes

  • Use different spices to suit your personal tastes. You could use 2 tsp of mixed spice instead of the 1 tsp of mixed spice and 1 tsp of cinnamon. Nutmeg would be another great alternative.
  • Use an 8 " loose bottomed or spring form release cake tin. Make sure your cake tin is at least 7 cm deep to allow the cake to rise.
  • I use reusable Bake-O-Glide to line my cake tins but baking parchment is fine too.I have made this cake with baking spread/Flora too. It was perfect.
  • Add any mixed dried fruit that you prefer. Glace Cherries and Dried Peel would be good options. Keep the weight of it all still at 200 grams though.
  • To make this cake gluten free then use gluten free flour. Add an extra splash of milk to the batter as gluten free flour can sometimes absorb more liquid.
  • To make this cake with self raising flour then just omit the baking powder from the recipe.
  • Try not to overbake.
  • Use an independent oven thermometer if you can to make sure you can keep track of your oven temperature. They can vary enormously!
Nutrition Facts
Light Fruit Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 393 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 137mg6%
Potassium 299mg9%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 471IU9%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.