Shirley's Ice Box Fruit Cake


I looked forward to having this every year when my partner's mother would come to stay with us during the holidays. She was a 'Paula Deen'-kinda woman, adding butter to everything, but everything was oh-so-delicious! May be sliced into any size serving. Keeps a good while, if your family doesn't eat it all right away!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 15 mins
12 servings


  • 1 pound chopped pecans

  • 1 (15 ounce) package raisins

  • 1 (14 ounce) package sweetened flaked coconut

  • 1 (13.5 ounce) package graham cracker crumbs

  • 1 (4 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained and chopped

  • 1 (14 ounce) can low-fat sweetened condensed milk (such as Eagle Brand®)


  1. Line a 9x9-inch dish or decorative container with waxed paper.

  2. Mix pecans, raisins, coconut, graham cracker crumbs, and cherries together in a bowl using your hands; stir in sweetened condensed milk. Press mixture into the prepared dish. Cover dish with plastic wrap or a tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate for 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

811 Calories
42g Fat
104g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 811
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 53%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 334mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 104g 38%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Total Sugars 71g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 174mg 13%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 590mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.