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Holiday Fruitcake Recipe

Holiday Fruitcake Recipe

This is my own recipe and it's a family favorite. The mixture of fruits and nuts helps make it a tasty treat.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 2 hours + cooling YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups whole red candied cherries
  • 1-1/2 cups whole green candied cherries
  • 3 cups diced candied pineapple
  • 1 pound walnut halves
  • 10 ounces golden raisins
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1. Preheat oven to 300°. Combine fruit and nuts. In another bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Pour over fruit and nuts; stir to coat.
  • 2. Transfer to a greased and floured 10-in. tube pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 2 hours. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap tightly and store in a cool place. Bring to room temperature before serving; slice with a serrated knife. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 684 calories, 32g fat (5g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 281mg sodium, 92g carbohydrate (62g sugars, 4g fiber), 9g protein.

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Rahul User ID: 8987365 258211
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2016

"For all those folks who find this cake to be dry, add half a cup of oil or 1/4th cup oil 1/4 cup heavy cream to the batter n mix it in. That will ensure the cake comes out moist."

Kristy Dominy User ID: 5861123 239580
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"I added one more cup of cherries, used regular raisins, and instead of all vanilla I did half vanilla and half caramel extract. I also added a couple teaspoons of cinnamon and a half teaspoon of nutmeg. I've made four so far because everyone loves them so much they are requesting them for church parties and family gatherings! Ignore the posts about it being dry, it will seem dry when you take it out but it gets better and more moist the following day!"

SilkMistress User ID: 8250955 220027
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"Note: if you want the fruitcake to have a Rum/Brandy taste you need to use the Rum on your cake. Soak the fruit/nuts overnight in the Rum. Here is a link telling how to do the fruitcake. Also a hint. After the holidays Walmart usually puts the candied fruit on sale. I buy the fruit then for the next years fruitcake and store it in the freezer. I make my fruitcakes in July or August for the holidays. After 2 months of doing what the link below tells you to do the I double wrap them in foil over the cheese cloths that are still wet with the Rum and put in the freezer. I also use more fruit, like dried dates, apple, apricots & cranberries. I also add cinnamon, clove, allspice & nutmeg to taste. Soaking all the fruit especially the dried fruit makes the cakes very moist. I never use the citrus candied fruit as it give a bitter taste I don't like. I double the recipe where I can use more fruit. I usually make 4-5 fruitcakes at a time.
Hope this helps.......5 stars because of soaking the fruit very well."

wendylmm User ID: 8187290 216190
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"Responding to Jeffyboyblues: I bought my candied fruit at Walmart...I bought glazed cherries and a container of mixed candied fruit as they did not have the candied fruit in separate containers. I have also seen it in other grocery might have to ask where in the store."

wendylmm User ID: 8187290 216188
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"WE also tried this cake this year and found it dry. Mine took a little longer to bake (ovens vary). I used 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening but I do not think that would cause dryness. The words "large eggs" can vary so...maybe that was it. The recipe says 'pour'... to me that mean like a cake/pancake batter. There was no way this batter poured. We had to scarp it out of bowl. The flavor is good and the cake seems a little more moist as it has set a couple of weeks. I used gold raisins and plumped them in a little spiced rum overnight. Did not have a rum flavor in the cake."

Jeffyboyblues User ID: 8158876 214914
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"Where do i buy candied fruits"

bamababyboomer User ID: 1783198 214421
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2014

"I followed the directions EXACTLY. I used butter for the shortening... it came out beautiful, but turned out to be dry. My cake was done in one hour and fifty minutes, so watch the time if you bake this."

duckyexpress User ID: 8139913 214022
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"I love the reviews and looking forward to making this fruit cake for this Christmas 2014. I wanted to inform you that Crisco comes in a butter flavor as well."

tlwildes User ID: 3850464 28756
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2014

"I don't know what TOH was thinking when they told you that shortening is butter. IT IS NOT BUTTER. Shortening is Crisco or any other brand of solid vegetable fat."

CINDY080940 User ID: 4360558 28488
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

"I called TOH. They said to use butter so I did. One of the best ever! Everyone said so. I still wonder if she used some Crisco."

CINDY080940 User ID: 4360558 73325
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"I would like to try this cake,but wonder if shortening is crisco or butter?"

gringranny3 User ID: 2341135 32449
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"I add Dates instead of raisins. Best Fruitcake ever"

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