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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
2 loaves
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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 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line 2 small loaf pans with parchment or wax paper.

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  • In a large bowl combine Brazil nuts, dates, cherries and pineapple. Over the fruit and nuts sift the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Mix well.

  • In a small bowl combine eggs and vanilla; beat until foamy. Pour over fruit mixture and mix well. Spoon batter into prepared pans.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

594 calories; protein 8.9g 18% DV; carbohydrates 85.1g 27% DV; fat 27.2g 42% DV; cholesterol 46.5mg 16% DV; sodium 164.8mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2003
This is the best fruitcake ever! It's the kind of fruitcake I grew up with and I had been searching for this recipe for a long time. The nuts really make the cake -- very crunchy and chewy and dense. Beautiful to look at too each slice like a stained-glass window. The first time I made this I ate half a loaf in one sitting -- it is that irresistible! Read More
(46)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/21/2015
This turned out to be more of a fruit and nut loaf for me than a fruit cake. I was looking for a fruitcake recipe without alcohol for a teetotaler (she doesn't like to have the boozy flavors after the alcohol has cooked off). It turns out that there aren't very many and I'm not an experienced enough baker to be comfortable just substituting out the alcohol. This recipe looked good and was highly rated. It was easy to make. I did burn it a little--with so little cake I found it hard to figure out when my toothpick came out clean. The flavors combine well and it will definitely make a good sweet treat or trail food (although it is quite sticky) but I am still looking for that non-alcoholic fruit CAKE recipe. Read More
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2003
This is the best fruitcake ever! It's the kind of fruitcake I grew up with and I had been searching for this recipe for a long time. The nuts really make the cake -- very crunchy and chewy and dense. Beautiful to look at too each slice like a stained-glass window. The first time I made this I ate half a loaf in one sitting -- it is that irresistible! Read More
(46)
Rating: 4 stars
01/29/2003
This being my first fruitcake I really didn't know what to expect. I didn't add as much fruit as the recipe said and it came out great. Nice mellow flavor. Let set for a week or two. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2002
make one of these without alcohol for the kids. My grandchildren like this as well as fruit cookies. Read More
(16)
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Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2008
My first fruitcake attempt and it turned out well. It was a little dry; but I may have overbaked it. As a remedy I wrapped in cheesecloth soaked in apple juice for several days and it moistened up fine. I substituted walnuts for the Brazil nuts. My husband and mother both fruitcake fanatics really enjoyed it...especially since it was homemade. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2007
Liked it very much but changed the nuts. I don't like brazil nuts so I put walnuts in. I also made small cakes to give as gifts to my mail carrier trash man paper women and Schwan man. I also printed out the recipe for them. They were all excited. Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2004
I really enjoyed this recipe but next time I will use a little less nuts and a citrus mix. Read More
(9)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2013
This really is the best fruitcake. I've tired with the regular recipe and pecans rather than brazil nuts; fantastic. Perfect blend of fruit with just enough cake to hold it together. I've also modified the recipe and used dried pineapple papaya shredded coconut with almonds for an Hawaiian flavor. The recipe is very forgiving of what kind of fruits and nuts to use so go ahead and get creative. You will not be disappointed. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2008
this fruitcake is so good! we can't stop eating it. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2013
Best fruitcake ever!!! Never made one so easy and it came out perfect 2 hours ago and it's half eaten already. I used pecans Cherries and pineapple then I added a touch of cinnamon. It was fantastic almost exactly like the Corsicana fruitcake company and those are 23.00 each. I will make this for Christmas presents next year in little loaf pans. Even if you don't like fruitcake just try this one with your favorite fruit. It is so healthy too!!! Read More
(4)
Rating: 3 stars
12/21/2015
This turned out to be more of a fruit and nut loaf for me than a fruit cake. I was looking for a fruitcake recipe without alcohol for a teetotaler (she doesn't like to have the boozy flavors after the alcohol has cooked off). It turns out that there aren't very many and I'm not an experienced enough baker to be comfortable just substituting out the alcohol. This recipe looked good and was highly rated. It was easy to make. I did burn it a little--with so little cake I found it hard to figure out when my toothpick came out clean. The flavors combine well and it will definitely make a good sweet treat or trail food (although it is quite sticky) but I am still looking for that non-alcoholic fruit CAKE recipe. Read More