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Seasons Aged Care’s event manager Val Smith shares her mother’s Pineapple Fruit Cake, famous for being gobbled up in one sitting by hungry family members.

Val remembers this cake from her own childhood and inherited the recipe from May’s well-used recipe book.

It even played a role in a budding romance. Val recalls when she used to bake the fruitcake for her son David to take to high school and was surprised at how quickly he was going through the large cake. Thinking she was feeding a growing young man, she would continue to keep up the supply. Years later, she served the cake to her daughter-in-law Elizabeth who exclaimed how much she loved the cake and the memories it brought back. It turns out the reason the cakes were disappearing so fast was that David was packing an extra piece for Elizabeth while he was trying to gain her affections. They’re now happily married and the cake is demolished just as quickly by their two sons.


470g can pineapple pieces

500-750g mixed fruit (I usually use sultanas, raisins, currants, apricots, dates and sometimes prunes)

1 cup sugar (I usually substitute with honey for at least half of the quantity)

125g unsalted butter

1 teaspoon mixed spice

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

2 eggs (I usually just use the whites)

1 cup wholemeal plain flour

1 cup self-raising flour

125g chopped walnuts (optional)

A liberal splash of Muscat liqueur or rum (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 180oC (160oC fan forced)
  2. Line deep 20 cm (8 inch) round cake tin
  3. Combine pineapple, including juice, chopped fruit, butter, sugar, mixed spice and bicarb soda in a saucepan.
  4. Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved, bring to boil and boil uncovered for 3 minutes.
  5. Allow to become cold. When cold, add beaten eggs and sifted dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Spread evenly into the prepared tin and bake in a moderate oven for 1 ½ to 2 hours, until cooked when tested.
  7. Cover, leave in tin until completely cold.

Pineapple fruit cake

Belinda Peters
Belinda brings more than 17 years experience in journalism to her role as Seasons Digital Content Writer. As our blog editor, Belinda will take the confusion out of aged care with entertaining and informative stories from across the aged care industry and our Seasons communities.