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Fruitcake is a holiday tradition and it can be delicious! Combine your favorite nuts and candied dried fruits and bake into a rich batter that needs no icing. Soaked in rum or other spirits, a homemade fruitcake will be the life of your Christmas party or the best Groom's Cake ever!

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By Caryl

Rate this recipe 5/5 (2 Votes)
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Servings 28

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces gumdrops, no black ones
  • 3 cups raisins
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter

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Finally a fruitcake worth eating! These can also be made in mini loaf pans and make a great gift!

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Dark and spicy applesauce-based fruit cake studded with dates, nuts, raisins and cherries baked in gift-sized mini ...

  • 1 cup chunky-style applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups (8 ounces) dates, chopped
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, coarsely chopped, reserve liquid
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whiskey*
4.4/5 (14 Votes)

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Love this fruit cake! Features toasted pecans, apples, apricots and a slight hint of ginger lending to a unique del...

  • 3/4 cup pecan halves, toasted
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dried apples, chopped
  • 2/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 slices fresh red apple
  • 5 dried apricot halves (not unsulfured)
  • 2 tablespoons pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon or rum
4.2/5 (5 Votes)

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These colorful Jeweled Fruitcake Miniatures are adorable! They pack a fruity punch of apricots, dates, cherries, Br...

  • 1 package (8 ounce) dried apricots, cut up
  • 1 package (8 ounce) pitted dates, cut up
  • 2 1/2 cups Brazil nuts, chopped
  • 1 cup drained red and green maraschino cherries, cut into halves
  • 1/3 pound red and green candied pineapple, cut up (about 1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup Gold Medal flour (if using self-rising flour, omit baking powder and salt)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4.5/5 (10 Votes)

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Years ago, when I attended Koloa Missionary Church in Hawaii, a friend gave me this recipe

  • 1 (8-ounce) package mixed candied fruit, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups golden raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped & toasted
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
4.6/5 (7 Votes)

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Stollen is a sweet yeasted bread flavored with bits of fruit served at Christmas

  • SPONGE:
  • 1 cup (4 1/4-ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup (6-ounces) lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • FRUIT:
  • 1/2 cup (2 3/4-ounces) dried pineapple, chopped in 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/2 cup (2 3/4-ounces) golden raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup (3-ounces) candied cherries, snipped into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons (1-ounce) rum or brandy
  • DOUGH:
  • 2 1/2 cups (10 1/2-ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 6 tablespoons (3-ounces) softened butter
  • 1/4 cup (1 1/2 ounces) Baker's Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/3 cup (2 3/8-ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest or 1/8 teaspoon orange oil
  • 1/2 cup (2 1/2-ounces) toasted almonds, chopped
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick, 4-ounces) butter, melted
  • 2 cups (8-ounces) confectioners' sugar, glazing sugar, or non-melting sugar
4.7/5 (17 Votes)

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Not at all your traditional fruitcake! This moist, buttery fruitcake is bursting with tropical flavors of pineappl...

  • 1 1/4 cups dried sweetened pineapple, diced (not candied pineapple)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 stick (1/2-cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 tablespoons sweet orange marmalade or apricot jam
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • Scant 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Half of a small ripe banana, coarsely mashed (about 1/4-cup)
  • 1 cup pecan halves (I used Elliotts)
  • White corn syrup for brushing top (optional)
  • Candied red cherries, for garnish (optional)
4.7/5 (16 Votes)

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Normally I'm not a fan of fruitcakes but this one was exceptional with awesome flavors! Original fruit cake rec

  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon extract
  • 1 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound butter
  • 4 cup shelled pecans
  • 1 pound glace pineapple
  • 1 pound glace cherries
  • 1 cup golden raisins
4.7/5 (16 Votes)

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Supposedly this fruit cake is called "Japanese" because it includes coconut, an exotic ingredient at the time

  • CAKE:
  • 3 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks ( 1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons dried currants
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • COCONUT FROSTING:
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut, shredded
  • 3 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated
4.6/5 (14 Votes)

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This scrumptious fruitcake can be made into 2 loaves or 4 mini loaves

  • 1 cup mixed dried fruit (such as candied ginger, candied citrus, candied pineapple, cherries, cranberries, raisins, and/or currants)
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups bread flour, plus more
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1/2 cup pistachio paste
  • 1 tablespoon pistachio oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, plus more as desired
4.7/5 (7 Votes)

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Love fruitcake but craving cookies? These rum fruitcake cookies have the touch of rum flavor and all of the goodnes...

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon rum extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups candied fruit, about 8 ounces
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 can nuts coarsely chopped
4.7/5 (7 Votes)

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This traditional Italian Christmas enriched bread is filled with dried fruit marinated in orange liquer, pine nuts,

  • MARINATED FRUIT:
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/4 cup triple sec (orange-flavored liqueur) or orange juice
  • DOUGH:
  • 1 package dry yeast, about 2 1/4 teaspoons
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water (100°F to 110°F)
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter or stick margarine, melted
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon butter or stick margarine, melted
  • 2 teaspoons turbinado or granulated sugar
4.5/5 (15 Votes)

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Stollen is a deliciously stuffed German sweet bread that’s filled to bursting with raisins, ginger and nuts that ...

  • 3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cup (3 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, for dusting
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup almonds, sliced
  • 1/2 cup crystallized ginger
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur or warm water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoon orange zest, grated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Vegetable oil, for greasing the bowl
4.3/5 (15 Votes)

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My grandmother always made a holiday fruitcake

  • 1 2/3 cups pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups golden raisins
  • 1 cup pitted dried plums, chopped
  • 2/3 cup dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
4.4/5 (8 Votes)

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Yum! A walnut stuffed stollen bread drizzled with sweet vanilla glaze

  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • VANILLA DRIZZLE:
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 to 5-1/2 teaspoons milk
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