4 Ingredients or LESS!, Cakes, Christmas
November 23, 2015
1 kilo mixed fruit (and nuts if wanted)
750mls fluid - I used orange and apple juice and brandy
2 cups Self Raising Flour
1Soak fruit in fluid of choice for 24 hours
2Stir in flour and put into a loose bottom cake tin .
3Put in SC and cook for 8 hours on low ,with water 1/2 way up cake tin .
4Cook using the Tea Towel Trick in place
5Cool and turn out .
1A non coffee alternative to our other 3 Ingredient Christmas Cake
Submitted by Sue Mitchell
January 6, 2020
We have one already complete stand alone in our 1.5L recipe category Daisy 🙂
Is that they one you mean?
January 5, 2020
Pauline, You should mention your alternate version of this recipe, adapted for the small (1.5L) slow cookers, which is actually much easier to make. (It is NOT a matter of just cutting the recipe in half). The batter goes directly into the lightly oiled crockpot (no lining, no water, no springform). Bakes just 2 hrs. Instead of making one batch for the large cooker, I make 2 for the small cookers, as I have 2 of them. This is a fantastic recipe.
December 23, 2019
My 3 ingredient cake using a bundt tin, I forgot to keep a check on the water and it ran dry. Turned out fine but did stick to the tin. Next time I’ll 1/2 the recipe and buy a spring form tin that will fit my slow cooker. I live alone so don’t really need such a big cake. BTW I did use booze 😉. I used fruit juice instead of choc milk..
December 7, 2019
Hi Karen, I’ve definitely seen some do a portion of alcohol in that liquid for sure. One lady who did all brandy for the full amount found it much too strong (but then she didn’t like brandy) so up to you what portion ratio you choose 🙂
December 6, 2019
Our cake tins don’t fit in the slow cooker, what temperature would I set the oven on to do it in there?
Hi – Do you think I could use all alcohol for the 750mls of fluid? I was going to use Dubliner. Or do you think this may somehow upset the mix? Thanks in advance guys.
December 4, 2019
I assume you line the cake tin with baking paper to prevent it sticking? Do you do a third apple juice a third orange juice and a third brandy?
December 2, 2019
Tea Towel Trick
December 1, 2019
What is the tea towel trick please.?I’m new to the site.
November 27, 2019
November 26, 2019
What is the tea towel trick please?
November 25, 2019
I am making this christmas eve to use a christmas pudding. Going to use cranberry juice and gluten free flour. Thank you for the recipe
November 24, 2019
Hi Pauline, i have the sunbeam Sear and Slow Cooker cook hot even on low.How long would l cook cake for.
November 9, 2019
Great we had this with cream better than any Christmas pudding we have eaten we will be having this anytime not just Christmas my husband couldn’t wait that long for the next one .
This is the best and easiest Christmas pudding we have had as we like it as a pudding warm very ummy with cream but we shall be having it anytime not just for Christmas my husband couldn’t wait that long for it .
What a easy wonderful cake we had it with cream better than any Christmas pudding that I have had my husband agreed so this is our Christmas pudding now but I have a feeling that we shall be having it many times not just Christmas Lyn
September 1, 2019
I didn’t want to wait for the dried fruit to soak in the liquid for 24 hours so I warmed them together in a saucepan on the stove. Lower simmer for 30 minutes , then cooled for 30 mins.
Fruit plumped up , then I added the flour and put into the cake tin. Cooked in slow cooker on low for 9 hours. Turned out beautifully.
November 19, 2018
Use the recipe that’s specific for the 1.5L size 🙂 It doesn’t need the cake tin. It’s in the 1.5L recipes category 🙂
November 18, 2018
I have a 1.5l. Don’t have a cake tin small enough. How can I line my slow cooker to stop burning?
October 13, 2018
I will try this, one cup of flour is 4 oz in my cooking book. ( ENGLAND ).
July 30, 2018
Yes as long as the volume matches you can change the fluid 🙂
July 28, 2018
Can I use three cups of black tea instead? ( like the oven method ? )
July 27, 2018
June 17, 2018
Jennifer 250 grams is a cup size if you have a Tupperware size cups it’s the large one
March 14, 2018
I have made this several times not and each time the Family and Friends have loved it is so easy to make
December 20, 2017
I do not have loose bottom tin, can I bake it directly in a greased SC or with wax paper lining the SC?
December 16, 2017
If you use Milk in your recipe do you have to refrigerate the cake?
December 11, 2017
First fruit cake I had ever attempted and the most easiest and most devine.
Will not be by last.
I added bourbon as well as thats all I had in the pantry.
December 4, 2017
I have used chocolate milk or coffee milk
December 2, 2017
Lovely cake! I added almonds and mixed spice but otherwise as is. Cooked about ten hours on low when cake started to leave sides of pan.
November 27, 2017
I’ve asked here on our Facebook Group for you to see if anyone has tried also 🙂
November 26, 2017
Could I make this as a gluten free cake? What could I use instead of SR flour?
November 5, 2017
Thankyou for the recipe Sue – have the fruit soaking now. Perfect use of my home-dried fruit! (and will try with almond flour later, making it even more diabetic friendly)
Have enjoyed reading the comments too. Interesting to note where the people who post reside…potted cultural history! – and of course some of the things that seem obvious to some are strange to others given our different uses of language etc (did not know that cup and spoon measures that are so common in Australia are a quite strange way of thinking to people from other cultures. Here in Australia we work across all weights and measures mentioned).
October 31, 2017
I use apricot nectar instead of apple juice i also use a steam pudding in slow cooker have to cook two batches as one and only holds enough for half a batch
October 30, 2017
The cake looks fantastic and I will certainly try it. Perfect for my son who can’t have dairy or eggs 🙂
I must say I found some of the questions hilarious and managed to read all of them! But some answers gave extra information so all good. Thank you for sharing!!
July 18, 2017
Does anyone know if it is possible to use a different flour
Say Spelt or almond flour or something similar
Since becoming extremely grain intolerant I really miss fruit cake
Thanks in advance
May 31, 2017
I hope if you ever are unsure or need extra help or advice no one is as rude and obnoxious to you when you are simply asking for help.
Helping others is what we do here Pam!
And I’ll help as often and as repeatedly as I need to with zero judgement 🙂
Unlike you it would seem …..
May 29, 2017
Wow cannot believe how confusing some people find such an easy recipe….unbelievable…how would they go with 12 ingredients LOL.
December 22, 2016
Good idea to put 2 or 3 egg rings under cake saves it getting to hot on bottom also line your spring form tin with 4 lots of baking paper laying it all diffently ways then it won’t leak and yes tea towel under lid
December 16, 2016
Is there anyway this can be cooked on high for a shorter amount of time, or could you tell me if longer than 8hrs on low will hurt it? Having soaked the fruit for 24hrs, I now find in called into work earlier than expected, and unable to rescue cake after 8hrs…
December 11, 2016
Do I strain the fruit before adding the flour? Or do I leave the liquid in the mix?
December 9, 2016
I made this cake but it was more like a pudding so I have decided to make it as my Christmas pudding and it’s lush for that……
November 19, 2016
Love this recipe… have made it with chocolate milk and whiskey. I use dried tropical fruit and berries too. Super easy!
November 4, 2016
If you want to use more than 1 form of liquid is it 750 mls of each one or in total?
November 3, 2016
Is it 750 mls of any liquid you would like to use and if you use 3 different ones is it 750 mls of each or in total?
October 3, 2016
What size slow cooker do you use
August 1, 2016
I just made this fruit cake today. It didn’t seem to be cooking on top after 8 hours so I put it in the oven on 180 Celsius for about 15 mins. It looked good until I took it out of the tin. It’s a bit gooey around the bottom/ side. I think it may have needed a bit more flour. Probably use it as a desert. I did put a t towel under the lid
July 25, 2016
The mixeed fruit of Safai is of superior quality. I always use it.
July 15, 2016
Fruit & Veg sell their fruit cake mix in a bucket, usually from Oct each year, but you can buy it loose (without the bucket) any time. I’m definitely trying this, this weekend!!
Which shop do I get the 1kg fruit mix in the bucket?
July 14, 2016
Thnx will try this out
July 6, 2016
What is loose bottom cake tin.. is that springform?
July 5, 2016
I made this cake for Christmas. Use less fruit. It was so yummy. We some times have it as a pudding
July 4, 2016
When soaking fruit overnight is it in a sealed n lidded container also os it at room temp or on fridge.
February 14, 2016
I recently baked a cheesecake in the oven using my spring-form tin but butter leaked out. Would it be safer to wrap the tin with tin foil before putting it into the SC? Has anyone tried this?
February 6, 2016
Tried this recently but added 50ml of rum, chopped pecans, mixed spices and a handful of chocolate drops.
My goodness it was the most beautiful fruit cake I had ever tasted! So moist, my portion sizes became bigger and bigger. lol
An absolute winner.
Soaking the fruit is the secret to this recipe. 😉
December 8, 2015
How long will the cake last for if it was marzipaned and iced ?
December 5, 2015
Jan, Might be a bit late for this reply. Did you try adding more flour or has it gone out? You could try adding more flour and cook again. Then if its still not great use as a base for a sweet type of bread and butter pudding instead of bread. I did that once with muffins that failed. Worked well. Hope that helps 🙂
December 4, 2015
Have to say I followed the recipe to the letter and it was not what I expected and not really a cake. It was VERY moist and sweet, Rosemary thought it wasn’t cooked enough to set it like a traditional cake poked at her bit with a fork and said ‘not for me’. To my way of thinking it was more like a dessert. I tried some ‘as is’ then I tried her bit with yoghurt. As I said – more like a pudding. Since Rosemary won’t try it and I can’t see myself eating all of it, I can see the main experiment cost of $8 for a kg of mixed fruit being part of the price of my culinary education!
December 3, 2015
Thx June. So I just take the fruit cake mix as bought in bucket. Leave the sugar out. Added 750ml of liquid last night and it stand for a day, Now I must just add 2 cups self raising flour. To me it look like the mixture might be a bit dry and not seeing any form of liquid at this stage in fruit.
December 2, 2015
hi there I have made the fruitcake mix. I don’t have cake tins with loose bottoms and only one slow cooker. I used my 6 inch cake tins, split the fruitcake mix in 3. lined the tins and slow cooked for 8 hours. took the one out this morning. it seems cooked but how do I know for sure. the consistency is very different from cooking fruitcake in the oven. Do I cook it for longer or do I put it back in the sc. just want to be sure its cooked.
Jan, I put a towel under the slow cooker lid and my cake came out perfect it was nice and firm and cooked very well. I also lined the Corningware dish with Baking paper. I tasted a few teaspoons of the cake it was really nice, I am going to use it as a pudding with custard and cream. No I wouldn’t suggest sugar at all because it would make it far too sweet… it already is a very rich taste. I cooked it on Low all 8 hours. June.
Im making this cake as we speak… Using a bundt cake tin…. Hope it works!
A quick question please. My cake fruit mix came in the bucket in it’s own plastic bag. In another plastic bag in the bucket, was brown sugar. I am busy soaking the fruit at the moment. Do I use the sugar in this particular recipe as well along with the self raising flour.
EPIC fail!!! Came out a totally gooey mess, there had to be water seeping into the mixture, 8hours n 1 kilo of mixed fruit wasted unless there’s a way this can be rescued? Once cooled, more flour n fold in, cook again???? Or is it doomed? It had actually sunk when took lid off, yet had looked like it had worked. I cud cry ???? Wot did I do wrong? Followed ingredients n directions to the letter
December 1, 2015
Thank You Paulene. I should have realised that. Thanks again.
November 30, 2015
It’s not a used orange.
Sue ‘chose to use’ the juices etc to make up her fluid choices.
Should I line the dish with baking paper? I am using a Corningware glass dish in the SC??
What do you mean by “used orange”??
November 29, 2015
1cup is 8ozs
No you leave cake uncovered but the tea towel goes under the slow cooker lid if anywhere … not inside the cooker on your cake.
Here’s how >> Tea Towel Trick
I am going to use my square Corningware dish but will line it. I wonder if it is necessary to put a sheet of baking paper over the top of the dish and put the glass lid on? and a cloth under the dish??
Does it have to be a lose bottom tin because my slow cooker is oval and does not fit in?
Awesome recipe, easy to follow, thank you can’t wait to make it this week ?
how come no eggs
Nothing to it 🙂
What part is confusing you?
Hi can you tell me does it have to be in a tin as I have an oval sc and the 8in tin will not fit so can I put it in a plastic round container with a lid please advise.x
I make a similar cake likewise it’s the soaking that counts as this brings out all the flavours. I do line my spring release 8 inch cake tin no it doesn’t leak mixture and no the water does not enter into the cake I cover top with either a tea towel or tin foil and once in position I add enough boiled water to come halfway up the side of cake tin. Then I normally go to bed and leave it. Cooking while I sleep. Lovely moist cake and it never lasts long enough to go mouldy it’s eaten rather quickly all I can say is try and enjoy
November 28, 2015
What does SC stand for please?
Wow this looks so easy. Every year I make at least a dozen cakes so next year I will try this. I tend to let my fruit marinate in the juices and alcohol for a week and I use Whiskey or Rum, also cinnamon nutmeg and any other Christmas spices. I also leave my cakes wrapped in cling or film as some people call it then wrapped in foil for at least 2 months in the cupboard it just seems to make the cake taste better, these types of cakes last a long time wrapped due to the alcohol and sugar in the dried fruits. You can also freeze them or make them in individual little cake tins.
I’ve read through ALL comments,questions,answers ?
How confusing, I’m just going to buy my Xmas Fruit Cake from a reputable charity, where everyone wins?
I dont have avery large sc so my tin doesn’t fit in , can I do thiz on a stove top.it xounds delicious. Also if I add nuts and glace cherries do I have to adjust liquid tks
How long will this keep please?
How long will the cake keep for please?
It’s not a used orange. It reads ” i used orange and apple juice and brandy” it shouldn’t go mouldy as brandy is a preservative.
November 27, 2015
Instead of juice I soak fruit in a chocolate &/or coffee milkshake
A bit like our Plum Duff recipe 🙂
I wonder if it would work for a pudding. Wrapped in cheese cloth and submerged in the water
November 26, 2015
The orange is not a used orange.
It’s that the lady used orange juice as part of the liquid for this dish.
The tea towel is used under the kid of slow cooker cakes to prevent moisture wetting the cake.
As per >> The Tea Towel Trick
I will try with gluten free SR flour
I have made this cake many times I have used orange juice and brandy also pineapple and peach juice and brandy and have baked it in oven I will try the slow cooker thanks
It’s a springform cake pan & a cup is a standard measurement of 250 grams.
What orange used for and why a tea towel bit confusing these questions
By “loose bottom pan” do you mean what we Yanks call a “Springform pan”… Unlock outer ring and cake on flat bottom drops out… Usually used for cheesecake ?
Brilliant. I didn’t use any water, cooked it in a 8″ round loose bottom cake tin on low in the slow cooker, tested it after 6hours and it was perfect. I used 1/2 orange, 1/2 pineapple and a good slosh of brandy and added a few spices to the flour.
How many cups is 1 kilo of fruit
November 25, 2015
Hi Angie ,sorry I don’t know . We had one that was lovely and moist a week later but as its so moist I wonder if it would go mouldy if left for a long time .
I have a similar recipe from Diabetic book…i used 750 ml bottle light peach iced tea…i cook in a spring form tin…in low oven 125 & it only takes 2.5 hours its amazing …i make 1 a week for hubby lunch box..it stays so fresh in aor tight container…
If I made this now would it keep til Christmas like regular Christmas cake does?
hi , you just put cake tin into slow cooker and put water around cake tin . So cake tin is an island surrounded by water !
Please explain further how do you stop the water from seeping into the cake….don’t get it
How to put water 1/2way up?
And how to cook for 8 hours?
November 24, 2015
Sorry Marlene I don’t understand the question . I have a large Slow Cooker . I put cake tin into slow cooker and pour water around to half way up the tin ans switch on for 8 hours on low .
Will have to make this tomorrow
Must the loose bottom tin be put inside a pot with water in the pot. Or Must the loose bottom tin be put just so on the stove
1 cup is usually 250 gms or 250 ml. Looks awesome.
She used orange juice as the fluid
Hi Gene ,
I am in UK , the cups can be bought anywhere . I got mine in pound shop . Google for oz equivalent X
Yes I used a tea towel .
2 of the 1cup size . ( buy cups in pound land )
Add spice by all means , zest too if you like .
No water does not get in just as mixture does not leak out .
8″ cake tin .
I have never lined mine but it may be wise !
I bought loose bottom tiny tins from £1 shop and made little ones as gifts , low 2 hours recipe the same just shared out .
Very sorry didn’t realise I had to answer questions ,thank you admin ?
Hope you enjoy cake X
Hi, sorry didn’t realise I needed to check in to answer questions . 8″ cake tin . Pound shop does Cup measures . Cup measure 1 cup so 2 of size 1cup ?
No water doesn’t get in ,same as mixture doesn’t come out !
Tea towel yes .
Put spices in as you wish .
No eggs or fat .
I haven’t ever lined tin but upto you .
I really don’t think you can go wrong ,it’s the soaking of the fruit that can’t be rushed ?
what size of cup do you use as we do not use cup measurements in the UK. thanks
I would for all cakes 🙂
SC is slow cooker
It’s not a ‘used orange’ .. Sue is saying she used both juices as well as the brandy when she cooked this 🙂
What do you mean by a loose bottom cake tin do you mean a ring tin and won’t the water seep in?
Wow Looks delicious yummy:-)No fat, eggs & spices???
Please tell me how you can cook this in a loose bottom cake tin with water half way up the cake tin? If making this cake I would line the cake tin with baking paper and cover the outside with foil.
What size cake tin
I would love to know what size cup ,or ounces please
Do you need a tea towel under the lid ?
What’s a sc and why a used orange?
Do you put T towel under lid
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