This is a fruit cake for people who do not normally like fruit cake. If you happen to already like fruit cake, you will love this. Honestly, it is the best fruit cake I have ever tasted. It was handed down to me by a dear old lady who has now gone home to be with the Lord.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray a 9-inch fluted tube pan, such as a Bundt®, with cooking spray.

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  • Mix the cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, lemon pudding mix, lemon extract, and vanilla extract together in a large bowl until smooth, and stir in candied cherries, pineapple, pecans, and dried cranberries. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before turning it out onto a cake plate to finish cooling. Store in a covered container to help retain moisture.

Nutrition Facts

547.7 calories; protein 5.9g 12% DV; carbohydrates 75g 24% DV; fat 25.7g 40% DV; cholesterol 73.1mg 24% DV; sodium 465.1mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2011
This is a very good recipe.. made it twice. I tweaked it to my own likings the second time. Left the cranberries out and added more nuts. So good and very moist! I baked in a dark teflon tube pan so I reduced the temp down to 315 degrees and shortened the cook time 10 mins less. DELICIOUS! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/02/2013
This recipe was a HUGE disappointment. I can't help but think that there is something missing in the recipe. The cake described as incredibly moist was so dry that it was inedible. I followed the recipe to the letter and since I could tell it was getting brown on the top very quickly I did not bake it the full one hour and 15 minutes but more like an hour. It was still inedible. My oven has just been calibrated so I know the oven was not the problem. Has anyone else had the same result with this recipe? I was really looking forward to tasting this very easy fruitcake and was extremely disappointed. Read More
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2011
This is a very good recipe.. made it twice. I tweaked it to my own likings the second time. Left the cranberries out and added more nuts. So good and very moist! I baked in a dark teflon tube pan so I reduced the temp down to 315 degrees and shortened the cook time 10 mins less. DELICIOUS! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2011
Very moist and easy to make. It's different and we really liked it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2019
It is the best and only Fruit Cake I will ever eat. I make it in small cake tins and give them as presents to my friends and family. My Grandsons get excited when they hear that I am making this. I would give it 10 stars if I could. One review mentioned they left the cranberries out. I soak the cranberries in Brandy for a day or if you are in a hurry pop them in the microwave for 2 cycles of 30 secs and let them sit for 20 minutes. We love this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/01/2013
This recipe was a HUGE disappointment. I can't help but think that there is something missing in the recipe. The cake described as incredibly moist was so dry that it was inedible. I followed the recipe to the letter and since I could tell it was getting brown on the top very quickly I did not bake it the full one hour and 15 minutes but more like an hour. It was still inedible. My oven has just been calibrated so I know the oven was not the problem. Has anyone else had the same result with this recipe? I was really looking forward to tasting this very easy fruitcake and was extremely disappointed. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2020
I made as cupcakes. Yum! subbed cranberries for raisins. Used maraschino cherries halved for candied cherries. Sure will repeat next Christmas Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2016
Ahhhhh they used my photo?? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2014
yummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2018
I made it. It is easy and very good. I will do it again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/17/2017
Very easy to make. I added mixed candied fruit. Everyone loved it. Will make again Read More