Three Ingredient Fruit Cake

Three Ingredient Fruit Cake

I can never seem to get myself organised enough to make a fruit cake for Christmas.  I need buy the dried fruit, soak the fruit for two weeks and then store it and let it enrich for another couple of weeks.  I just always seem to miss the time frame that I need to make the traditional style fruit cake.

I do however have enough time to make this crazy easy Three Ingredient Fruit Cake.  It only needs an hour to soak and a couple of hours to cook, followed by a couple of days to enrich – super easy and perfect for me in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

There are alot of variations to the three ingredient fruit cake, some use fruit juice others use chocolate milk??? but I am use tea, yes simple no extra sugar tea which makes this cake egg free, dairy free, nut free and if you use Gluten free flour it will also be gluten free.

The perfect cake to serve with your morning cup of tea or coffee when family and friends pop over in the coming weeks.


1 kg Mixed Dried Fruit
2 1/2 Cups Boiling Hot Tea (made using 3 tea bags)
2 Cups Self Raising Flour


1. Boil the jug and then pour the boiling water into a large bowl and add the tea bags.  Allow to sit for 5 minutes after giving it a stir).

2. Remove the tea bags and add the mixed dry fruit.  Stir through the tea and leave to sit for 1 hour to soften.

Three Ingredient Fruit Cake

3. Add the self raising flour to the bowl and mix to combine.  Pour into a lined 20cm push pan and place into a 150 degree Celsius oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until it bounces back when touched.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before wrapping in aluminum foil and placing in the cupboard to enrich for 2-3 days.

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I decorated by simply wrapping ribbon around the outside.  You could cut stars out of fondant and place on top as well.

After cutting, keep in an airtight container still wrapped in the aluminum foil.

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19 Responses to Three Ingredient Fruit Cake

  1. Kelly-lee December 9, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    This is just what i am looking for, something super easy, no fail, and tasty! Thanks for posting, this will keep my fruit-cake-loving mum happy! And I can boast that I made it myself! Merry xmas

  2. Glenda November 22, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

    Just wondering if this cake lasts well or does it need to be eaten quickly? My normal cake I make can last in the cupboard for 2-3 months because we don’t eat a lot at a time and it is usually a larger cake than this might be. What are your thoughts on this?

    • Amanda December 12, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

      Hi Glenda, this is a quick option that will last several weeks, but as there is no alcohol it won’t last 2-3 months.

  3. Judie December 12, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    I have made 10 of these cakes to give away as gifts this year. I also added slivered Almonds and a tot of whiskey. I used Choc milk, and soaked fruit overnight 🙂

    • Amanda December 12, 2016 at 4:48 pm #


    • Nikki December 23, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

      Me too…but I use coffee milk and add whole almonds to mix.

  4. Naomi December 19, 2016 at 2:42 am #

    Do I have to use mixed fruit or can I just use saltanas

    • Amanda December 19, 2016 at 5:46 am #

      You can use either but mixed fruit would be better as all sultana’s is a bit heavy on the flavour.

  5. Angie December 23, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

    This cake is so so easy. My family loved it. I added a bit of whisky and made 4 smaller ones.

    • Amanda January 4, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

      So glad to hear.

  6. Rebecca Bone August 31, 2018 at 8:24 am #

    Can you make this into little muffins

    • Amanda September 3, 2018 at 9:21 am #

      Yes you can, just reduce cooking time to suit.

  7. Lesley Eskholme November 9, 2018 at 4:11 am #


    This sounds like a super easy recipe.Thank you.

    Do you leave it in the tin until it’s completely cool?

    • Amanda November 12, 2018 at 8:13 am #

      Hi Lesley, Allow to cool for about 10 minutes in the tin before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

  8. Amethyst November 20, 2018 at 12:02 am #

    One question about the sweetness. My aunt loves fruit cake butnlikes it to be sweet. As there is no sugar in this recipe so what’s makes this cake sweet or can I add a bit of sweetner

    • Amanda November 26, 2018 at 9:44 am #

      It is still quite sweet due to the sugar content of the dried fruit.

  9. Rhonda December 1, 2018 at 10:09 pm #

    What is included in the mixed fruit

    • Amanda December 9, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

      It is normally, currents, sultanas, raisins and orange and lemon rind.

  10. Kathryn August 21, 2019 at 3:39 pm #

    Has anyone tried adding alcohol to increase the cakes shelf life? If so, how much and what did u use?

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