RDP: Cake

Let Us Eat (Fruit) Cake

Now here is a subject I can really get my teeth into!

I like all types of cake but the sort I make most often is fruit cake. At Christmas, I always make a rich dark fruit cake that takes several hours to bake. I have used a few different recipes for it over the years but my favourite is one I found in a magazine which involves a whole jar of fruit mince. Sometimes I cover it in nuts but usually, I ice it. This sort of cake keeps really well but it’s a lot of work to make and uses lots of eggs, butter and fruit so it’s not something I’d make all the time.

image fruit cake with nuts
Fruit cake decorated with nuts.

More often, I make a more simple fruit cake using currants and sultanas or mixed fruit.

Mum used to make a fruit cake where the fruit was soaked in tea. I never had that recipe but I found something similar online and I often make that.

Fruit cake made with tea.

I also like boiled fruit cakes like Jubilee cake, for this you mix the fruit, butter, sugar and water and bring it to the boil then cool it down before adding the egg and flour.

Jubilee Cake

I have an old recipe book, one of those ones put out as a fundraiser by a church, school or club and I still have favourite recipes I use from it. Another type of fruit cake I make is nut loaf although mine generally does not have nuts in it. This type of cake is made in a log tin, or if you don’t have one, a can (tomatoes, corn etc) washed out, will work just as well. This week I didn’t have much dried fruit, as it has been a bit hard to get hold of lately. However, I did have some dates so I made a date loaf using the same method. That was quite nice, especially buttered.

While it is not technically a cake I suppose, I am also very fond of bread pudding. This is not bread and butter pudding. It is made with stale bread and mum used to make it a lot because she and I both loved it. I think it is a very British thing. I hardly ever have stale bread and the recipe uses a lot of slices so I have rarely made it. I do have mum’s recipe though I am not sure who she got it from. There are different versions of it. I’ll try to find mum’s but I have included a link to another at the end which explains the difference between bread and butter pudding and bread pudding and shows the method although the ingredients are a bit different. Mum never put sherry in hers.

Simple Bread Pudding//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsBread pudding – photo by Flickr use Simply Frugal

I have included some other links to recipes the same or similar to the ones I normally use.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. I used to make a bread pudding that put at least one diabetic into a coma. Garry LOVES fruitcake, but it’s hard to find on sale anywhere and although I made it a few times, it was so expensive buying the ingredients, I gave up. I couldn’t find a jar of mince anywhere and had to buy each kind of dried fruits separately.

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    • It is pretty hard to find fruit mince outside of Christmas. dried fruits have gone up quite a bit too. I rarely buy raisins on their own but mixed fruit with peel is not too bad. I nearly always use more than the recipe calls for because I like a really fruity cake.


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