Boil the water with the sugar, butter, spices, and the dried fruit for 5minutes, then let it cool till its slightly warm.
While the mixture is cooling, heat your oven to 350° F (or 180° C).
Butter a loaf pan (8.5×4.5×3 inches or 21.5×11.5×10 cm). Then take aparchment paper and butter it and put it on the bottom of the pan.
When the mixture cools, put in the flour, beaten eggs, vanilla extract (ifusing any), baking soda and the mixed peel and stir it gently.
Now you can pour this mixture into your already prepared pan and smooththe top with the back of a spoon. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes. To check if yourcake is ready, push a toothpick down in the center of the cake if it comes outclean, the fruit cake is ready.
Let it cool for 15 minutes before removing the cake from the pan. It is betterto store it for a few days before serving.