- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs; mix well. Combine flour and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Stir in the coconut, raisins, dates, pecans and orange zest.
- Spoon into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 300° for 85-95 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Place a piece of waxed paper under rack.
- In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and orange juice to a boil; boil for 1 minute. Stir in orange zest. Poke holes in cake with a long wooden skewer; gradually spoon glaze over fruitcake. Cool completely. Yield: 16 servings.
Reviews forDate-Nut Fruitcake
"I'd prepare this recipe 12/31/14, but in order to have my January 2015 recipes reviewed, I'm reviewing this now! Here are my adjustments to this recipe: I'd used 1/2 packed brown sugar and half white sugar, I'd used margarine to conserve on my butter supply, and I added 1 tsp. almond extract to the creamed mixture. I added 1 tsp. salt to the dry ingredients and 1/8 cup all-purpose flour to the raisins, coconut, 1 cup mixed candied fruit instead of dates. I used regular raisins! I used 2 Tbsp. ground Navel orange, rather than grated orange peel to give the cake more flavor. I did omit the pecans since there are people who have allergies to nuts. I DID bake the cake 80 minutes at 300o F. and the cake tested done. I'd used 1 Tbsp. ground Navel orange, the 3 Tbsp. orange juice and the 1/3 cup sugar for the glaze-actually, I'd prepared the glaze twice: I allowed the cake to cool 15 minutes in pan and poked holes in the cake while cooling it with a metal skewer. I spooned the glaze over the cake and then when I turned it out to cool, I glazed it again, poking holes in the top of cake again, spooning the 2nd round of glaze over the cake. I think this is a really great recipe to use! Thank you for sharing it with Taste of Home! delowenstein"
"I'm not fan of fruitcake, but this is very good. I followed the recipe and it turned out great."