Easy Fruit Cake Recipe

The fruitcake has come to get a bad reputation in modern days, but a home-baked version is simply delightful. Spicy, rum-spiked, and full of winter fruits, this bygone simple fruit cake recipe just might become your new family favorite.

Christmas Fruitcake Recipe

Fruit Cake Ingredients:

Looooong list isn’t it? But it’s worth it, I promise!

  • 2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped dried figs
  • 1 cup chopped dried apples
  • 2 tablespoons minced candied ginger
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup port wine
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Fruitcake Baking Directions:

1) In a large bowl, combine cranberries, sigs, apples, ginger, zests, and wine; cover and soak overnight.

2) Transfer soaked fruits and liquid to a large pot; add cider, sugar, butter, and spices. Bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool.

3) Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease a loaf pan.

4) In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Sift into fruit mixture and beat until mixed. Add egg and beat well; fold in nuts. Transfer to prepared pan and bake 60 to 70 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely. Turn out from pan, slice, and serve.

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