The British Fruit Cake is traditionally served during the Christmas season. It is full of dried fruits and nuts, laced with alcohol over several weeks, and often covered with marzipan and royal icing. The problem is that it’s both expensive to make and it needs time to age. Luckily, there is a much simpler version of this cake for the last minute baker, and I call it an Easy Fruit Cake. You may know it as a Boiled Fruit Cake, a War Cake, and/or a Bachelor’s Cake. I love a lot of things about this cake. I love that it still uses all the necessary fruit cake ingredients, like dried and candied fruits and ground spices. I love that the batter is so easy to make and you don’t need to pull out your stand mixer. And most importantly, I love its flavor and that it can be eaten almost right away. This is one cake that is so good that it begs to be made all year, not just during the Christmas season.
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