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Vanilla Wafer Fruitcake Recipe

Vanilla Wafer Fruitcake Recipe

This was my dear grandmother's recipe. She was a farmer's wife and a very good cook. Even folks who don't like fruitcake seem to like this one.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:40 servings


  • 1/2 pound candied cherries
  • 1/2 pound candied pineapple slices
  • 1 pound walnuts, pecans or combination of both
  • 1 pound vanilla wafers
  • 1/4 pound raisins
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk


  • 1. Set aside four whole cherries, two pineapple slices and 16 pecan or walnut halves. Chop remaining fruit and nuts. Crush vanilla wafers; combine the chopped fruit, nuts and raisins and set aside.
  • 2. In a bowl, beat eggs well. Stir in sugar, salt and milk. Combine wafer/nut mixture with egg mixture. Pack into a waxed paper-lined 10-in. tube pan. Decorate top with reserved whole fruit and nuts. Bake at 325° for 45 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes. Run a sharp knife around edge; turn cake out of pan, then back over again so decorations are on top. Cake can be made ahead and frozen; taste improves with age. Yield: about 40 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 183 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 64mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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Smilineyes User ID: 5718867 74782
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"My Mom makes and sells this cake every Christmas making very good money. Everyone raves about it. So glad I found this recipe."

darmas User ID: 3722461 41478
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2008

"I have looked for this recipe for years. My mother-in-law cooked this every year for Christmas. i never liked fruitcake until I tried her's and I was hooked after that. No other fruitcake can come close to this one. After her death I was unsure of the amount of milk to add to her recipe. I have tried to make it using what I though was the correct amount, but it was not the same. Her version is a little different from this one, but it taste almost the same. Thank you for bringing my favorite Christmas cake back to me!"

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