This easy fruit loaf cake is stuffed with sweet and fruity goodness. It's a mouth-watering cake that's perfect for entertaining.
If you're looking for a quick and easy fruit cake then look no further than this, my tried and tested family recipe.
I'll be the first to say I'm not the world's best baker but when I have a recipe that works, like this and like my popular lemon loaf cake I'm happy to share them!
You only need 6 ingredients to make this easy fruit loaf cake.
Ingredients that you are likely to have on hand in your kitchen.
Then it only takes 15 minutes to mix all those ingredients together in the same bowl to make a cake batter.
Transfer the cake batter into your loaf tin and then bake for less than an hour.
Allow to cool. Slice and serve. It's as simple as that!
A slice of this fruit loaf goes so well with a cup of tea.
It's a delicious moist fruit loaf recipe, but I also remember some of my family enjoying a slice with a little butter or spread on.
So if that's what you want to do, then go right ahead!
This is a great traditional fruit loaf recipe that's sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
I used to make this with my mum so it's perfect for kids to make too.
It's great for any time of the year. For me I remember this being a particular favourite at Easter, that's why I'm sharing it with you now.
- Plain Flour / All Purpose Flour
- Baking Powder
- Light Brown Soft Sugar
- Unsalted Butter or Margarine
- Large Eggs
- Dried Mixed Fruit
See recipe card for quantities.
Step By Step Instructions
Detailed instructions are in the recipe card below. But here is a quick step by step guide of how to make this easy fruit loaf cake recipe:
- Pre-heat Oven to 180C Fan. Prepare loaf tin.
- Place all the dry ingredients the flour, baking powder and sugar into a large bowl.
- Add the butter. Gradually fold in the beaten eggs to form a wet and smooth consistency. If not smooth add a little milk.
- Mix the dried fruit into the cake batter.
- Spoon the cake batter into the prepared loaf tin. Then bake in your oven. Baking times may vary depending on your oven.
- Bake until cake has risen and surface has browned. Use a wooden skewer to check the centre of the cake is cooked.
- Allow to cool slightly in the tin. Remove cake and greaseproof paper and transfer to a wire baking rack to cool completely.
- Cut into slices and serve with a cup of tea.
- Plain Flour / All Purpose Flour - you can use self raising flour instead. Just use the same quantity of self raising flour but only ½ teaspoon baking powder.
- Light Brown Soft Sugar - you can use brown sugar but you will get a stronger taste and darker colour.
- Unsalted Butter or Margarine - the nutritional label is based on unsalted butter. You can use either though.
- Large Eggs - I use free range eggs.
- Dried Mixed Fruit - I use a bag of ready mixed dried fruit. You can use an equal measure of whatever dried fruit you have like currants, raisins or sultanas.
For Your Easy Fruit Loaf Cake You May Need….
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Great value for money it's high quality and made of heavy earthenware.
A perfect mixing bowl, easy to clean and with a wide, shallow shape for easy kneading. It's dishwasher safe too!
Why Has My Fruit Cake Turned Out Dry?
This should be a quick easy moist fruit cake recipe. If you find it turns out dry it could be for a number of reasons. Make sure your batter is smooth. Not too thick and not too runny. All ovens vary in terms of temperature too. So you many need to experiment with the baking time. I've perfected this cake over many years so you many need to experiment a few times to get yours perfect.
Why has My Fruit Cake Not Risen?
If your cake has not risen sufficiently you may need to add more baking powder. Or your cake batter may have been too stiff.
How To Store?
You can store your fruit cake in your fridge in an air tight container for about 5 days.
Can You Freeze?
Yes. I like to slice the cake first then freeze. This means I can take out and defrost individual slices when I need them.
What Are The Calories?
There are 201 calories per slice of fruit loaf cake.
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- 200 g plain flour
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 100 g light brown soft sugar
- 150 g unsalted butter or margarine softened and cut into cubes.
- 3 large eggs beaten.
- 250 g dried mixed fruit.
- Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a 20cm x 12.5cm / 8” x 5” loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
- Sift all the dry ingredients the flour, baking powder and sugar into a large bowl.
- Add the butter and gradually fold in the beaten eggs to form a wet but smooth consistency. If not smooth add a little milk.
- Add in the dried fruit and combine into the cake batter.
- Spoon the cake batter into the prepared loaf tin and place in the oven to bake for 40 to 50 minutes.
- Once the cake has risen and surface has browned, check the inside is cooked by inserting a wooden skewer into the centre of the cake, which should come out clean.
- Allow to cool slightly in the tin before removing cake and transferring to a wire baking rack.
- Cut into 15 slices and serve with a cup of tea.
Nutritional information provided below is calculated using paid for online tools and the exact ingredients and quantities used above.
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My husband is a huge fan of raisins. This looks totally GREAT and perfect for either breakfast, afternoon tea or even as a dessert 🙂
Thanks Angie. I think I've eaten this cake at all those opportunities too!
I have a lovely loaf cake recipe where you soak the dried fruit in tea for hours before baking. So tasty. Always good to have a recipe like this up your sleeve.
Thanks Sherry. Yes I agree about it's always good to have a recipe like this handy. You never know who is going to pop round!
David @ Spiced
Now that looks like a delicious loaf! I do enjoy loaf cakes like this with fruit (and sometimes nuts) mixed in, so this is right up my alley. I'd love a slice of this mid-morning today! 🙂
It's my tried and trusted family fruit cake recipe. Glad you like it David. And you could easily put some nuts in it too if you wanted!
Ohhhhhhh I bet this is so good hot, slathered in butter!
It is Mimi. And served with a cup of tea it goes so well!
Raymund | angsarap.net
Thanks for sharing your family recipe for easy fruit loaf cake! It looks delicious and I can't wait to try it out. I love that it only requires a few simple ingredients that I likely already have on hand in my kitchen. It's also great to hear that it's a crowd-pleaser and perfect for entertaining. I appreciate you sharing your memories of making it with your mum and how it's a great recipe for kids to make too. Thanks again for sharing and I look forward to enjoying a slice with a cup of tea!
Hope you get a chance to enjoy it with your family too Raymund! Thank you!
Ben | Havocinthekitchen
What a gorgeous fruit cake made with just a few simple ingredients! It does look perfect indeed - crumbly, moist, and with such a beautiful golden-brown exterior! I would love this with some dried dates or apricots.
Thanks Ben! I'm pretty sure that either of, or both of those substitutes would work in this recipe too!
My grandmother used to make a bread like this for Christmas and you just brought warm and lovely memories back! 🙂 Thank you!
Aw that's nice. And yes, this is a great cake for Christmas and all year round too!
Simone @ Insimoneskitchen
I love loafs like this Neil. Can't go wrong with that!
Thank you Simone! 🙂