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Golden Fruitcake

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling


9 loaves (5 slices each)

Fruitcake has been favored by my family ever since my sister shared this light version. It's moist and filled with goodies.


  • 2 packages (15 ounces each) golden raisins
  • 1-1/2 cups shortening
  • 2-1/4 cups sugar
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/3 cups diced candied pineapple (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup chopped candied cherries (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut


  1. Place raisins in a large bowl; cover with boiling water and let stand for 5 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
  2. In another large bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cream of tartar, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in the walnuts, pineapple, cherries, coconut and raisins.
  3. Spoon into nine greased 5-3/4x3x2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 300° for 65-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Editor's Note: Fruitcakes can be baked in two batches. Refrigerate batter until baking.

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