I make this fruity cake many times during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. The moist cake has wonderful pumpkin flavor and is flecked with pecans, dates, raisins and cherries.—Janet Hradsky, Three Rivers, Michigan
Even those who don't care for fruit cake will love this special holiday dessert. It's a great way to "dress up" that old favorite, carrot cake. Why not see if your family agrees? —Ann Parden, Chunchula, Alabama
My husband didn't care for fruitcake (which I love) - till he tasted this one.
He and I have three children. He's an avid fishermen...when others are canning fruits and vegetables, I'm busy canning and smoking salmon!
-Clare Brooks, Juneau, Alaska
Meet the Cook: Even people who normally won't eat fruitcake enjoy these, I've found.
We are retired (my husband and I have two grown daughters). I've been cooking for 50 years...and my mother, who's 83, thinks nothing of baking 8 dozen cinnamon rolls, custard pies and raisin bread all on the same day!—Libby Over, Phillipsburg, Ohio
This dessert's particularly good for a backyard barbecue. My husband enjoys it, and our 2-year-old son thinks we're having a picnic, whenever I serve it—even if we're not! In fact, it's the only way I can get him to eat grapefruit.
I've made this quick and easy fruitcake many times during the past several years, giving it to family and friends for Christmas gifts. I also gave one to my doctor, and he claims it's the best fruitcake he's ever tasted.
Here's a new variety of fruitcake folks will surely favor. Mary Kay Calnan of Worthington, Ohio started with a pound cake mix and added traditional spices and raisins to give it a fruitcake flavor. Then she took the recipe a crafty step further by baking it in individual foil-lined flowerpots. "After the cakes are cool, I remove them from the pots and replace the foil with fabric, then fit the cakes back into the pots," describes Mary Kay.
Meet the Cook: Because I didn't care for fruitcake, I had to have the recipe for this after I found out what it was I'd been enjoying at the office over the holidays! My husband and I are the parents of two grown sons and grandparents of five.
-Alma Stearns, Lansing, Michigan