Line a ring tin with baking paper and brush with melted butter.
Cream butter or margarine and then beat in sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in essence. Mix in flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in raisins, cherries, pineapple and mixed peel. Allow this to sit overnight in covered bowl.
Bake at 150 degrees C for 2 1/2 hours with a pan of hot water placed on the lowest rack of your oven during baking. Brush warm cake with some melted butter.