Chris Clancy’s boiled fruit cake recipe

03 Apr 2018

Chris, an original Calendar Girl, shares her Auntie's fruit cake recipe

The original Calendar Girls pictured outdoors

Our Tea with the Girls campaign encourages our supporters to hold a tea party to raise funds for life-saving blood cancer research and patient support. For inspiration, we're sharing a series of tried and tested recipes donated by celebrities, our Patient Ambassadors and the original Calendar Girls themselves.

Chris Clancy was one of the original Clanedar Girls who released a nude calendar to raise money for Bloodwise in 1999. Here, she shares her Auntie's recipe for a fruit cake which stands as a family favourite to this day.

View a printable version of this recipe.

Cooking time

2.5 hours

Put in a saucepan

  • 6 oz butter or margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water (or half water and half sherry)
  • 1 lb dried mixed fruit
  • 1 teaspoon bi-carbonate of soda
  • 2-4 oz glacé cherries (optional)
  • Bring to the boil then simmer for 15 minutes
  • Leave overnight

Next day add

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 2 tablespoons ground almonds
  • Pinch of salt

A close-up of Chris Clancy's boiled fruit cake


  • Mix well. Put in an 8” tin and bake at
  • 160 degrees (140 fan) for 2.5 hours approx.​

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