This fruitcake recipe is very easy to make through use of prepared mincemeat and mixed candied fruit for a quick Christmas-time classic.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 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). Butter cake pans, and line with wax paper. Butter the wax paper.

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  • Sift the flour with the baking soda.

  • In a large bowl, combine eggs, mincemeat, condensed milk, fruit, and nuts. Fold in dry ingredients. Pour into prepared pans.

  • Bake for 2 hours, or until center springs back and top is golden brown. Cool. Turn cakes out onto wire rack; remove wax paper.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

262 calories; 6.1 g total fat; 21 mg cholesterol; 210 mg sodium. 50.4 g carbohydrates; 3.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2003
My husband LOVES this recipe! I'd prefer more candied fruit and less batter but this one's a keeper. Brought it into work and everyone who likes fruitcake asked for the recipe. I've been looking for one that doesn't have to sit for weeks in cheesecloth and this is it. Thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/10/2014
This is really different. I made 1/2 recipe or 1 loaf. It looks like and has the exact texture even cutting wise as a banana bread or similar sweet loaf bread. However the flavor is that of a fruitcake. The recipe also called for mincemeat pie filling. I had thought it had apples raisins and spices. Never knew it actually had beef! That is just very strange to me. To top with this recipe I missed the dense super moist texture of a classic fruitcake. That was what I actually desired. I had thought they were cooked by a water method or with some they sat so many days with a little liquor poured on them to make them moist. I had wondered how this would get the same texture or consistency without these processes. If looking for a fruitcake flavored sweet bread that is ready quickly and is dry enough to cut within an hour of baking this may be the recipe to choose. This was just really not for me and I hate that I wasted the ingredients as it will more likely get tossed. Read More
29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2003
My husband LOVES this recipe! I'd prefer more candied fruit and less batter but this one's a keeper. Brought it into work and everyone who likes fruitcake asked for the recipe. I've been looking for one that doesn't have to sit for weeks in cheesecloth and this is it. Thanks! Read More
(56)
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2003
My husband LOVES this recipe! I'd prefer more candied fruit and less batter but this one's a keeper. Brought it into work and everyone who likes fruitcake asked for the recipe. I've been looking for one that doesn't have to sit for weeks in cheesecloth and this is it. Thanks! Read More
(56)
Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2007
If you prefer a fruitcake that is more cake and less fruit this is the perfect cake. It's moist and can be made ahead if desired. I use 5 mini breadpans for mine and it bakes in about 45 minutes. If you lay a piece of parchment in the bottom of the pan and spray with non-stick spray cleaning up the pan is a breeze. Addendum to my review (12/28/07) The last few years instead of using the candied fruits I have used mixed dried fruits - apricots dried cranberries pineapple apple etc. and some candied cherries for color. It isn't a lot less calories but it is at least a little healthier and we like it a lot that way. Just use scissors to snip the fruit into small pieces; dip the scissors in flour in periodically to keep the fruit from sticking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2008
Made this recipe exactly as written. Used a bundt pan and baked for two hours. It is delicious! My husband a fruitcake connoisseur absolutely loves it. It is so easy to make I'll make it throughout the year not just during the holidays. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2004
This is the easiest recipe for fruitcake around. Everyone thinks you went to so much trouble and yet it is so easy. I usually use a 9" tube pan and bake for 3 hours and it always turns out great!! I highly recommend this recipe. No Fail. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2009
My family doesn't like candided fruit. I soaked 2 cups of dried fruit cut into bite sized peices overnight in about 1 cup of rum. I follwed the rest of the recipe exactly. It was absolutely wonderful. Usually I have to take most of my dessert home with me but not this year! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2007
My mom asked that I bake her a fruitcake for Christmas without nuts since she is allergic. I added a cup of whole candied cherries in place of the nuts and it turned out GREAT! This has to be the easiest fruitcake recipe on the planet and it tastes terrific too. My mom is 85 and is a wonderful cook so I was so happy that she asked to take the whole cake home with her! Highly recommend this one!! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2005
Very easy to make. We used candied cherries and chopped them in the food processor first (next time we'll leave them whole). We also used almonds since our son is allergic to walnuts. The mincemeat we added had run and brandy already in it - delicious! We baked it for 2 hours in a Bundt pan and it came out very well. My husband added an icing sugar glaze for the top but this wasn't what it needed. Next time we'll probably leave it plain or dust with icing sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2009
This is the fruitcake I have been making for 30 years. Goes together quickly and even people who don't like fruitcake usually like this one. The only bad part is when people ask you for the recipe and find you didn't work as hard making it as they thought you did. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2011
I lost this recipe when I "redid" my recipes files. Thanks to you I now have it again. This is my husband's favorite fruitcake and the easiest one for me to make. Thanx!!!!! Read More
(4)
Rating: 2 stars
02/10/2014
This is really different. I made 1/2 recipe or 1 loaf. It looks like and has the exact texture even cutting wise as a banana bread or similar sweet loaf bread. However the flavor is that of a fruitcake. The recipe also called for mincemeat pie filling. I had thought it had apples raisins and spices. Never knew it actually had beef! That is just very strange to me. To top with this recipe I missed the dense super moist texture of a classic fruitcake. That was what I actually desired. I had thought they were cooked by a water method or with some they sat so many days with a little liquor poured on them to make them moist. I had wondered how this would get the same texture or consistency without these processes. If looking for a fruitcake flavored sweet bread that is ready quickly and is dry enough to cut within an hour of baking this may be the recipe to choose. This was just really not for me and I hate that I wasted the ingredients as it will more likely get tossed. Read More