Grandma Bettie's Light Fruit Cake


An easy light fruit cake that my mother made most years. Try substituting fruits that you like! To me it's the taste and smell of Christmas.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
14 days
Total Time:
14 days 1 hrs 45 mins
2 loaves


  • 2 cups candied cherries

  • 1 cup raisins

  • 1 cup blanched almonds

  • 1 cup dried pineapple pieces

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 ½ cups butter

  • 6 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line two loaf pans with parchment paper.

  2. Coat cherries, raisins, almonds, and pineapple with 1 cup flour.

  3. Beat sugar, butter, and eggs together until creamy. Sift remaining flour with baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture; stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Fold in the fruit and almond mixture. Spoon batter into the prepared pans and spread evenly.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake comes out clean, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Wrap cakes tightly and let age in a cool place for 2 to 4 weeks.

Cook's Notes:

Both dried and candied fruit will work.

You may also use one round 9x4-inch pan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

429 Calories
19g Fat
59g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 429
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 187mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 22%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 153mg 3%

* 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.

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