Fruitcake Recipes

Fragrant spices, nuts, dried fruit, and plenty of rum make fruitcake a special treat. We've got dozens of wonderful fruitcake recipes.

Staff Picks

Mini Christmas Cakes

This recipe makes enough for 24 luxurious mini fruitcakes. They make a thoughtful Christmas gift for neighbors, work colleagues or teachers, or as part of a gift basket. You can decorate them differently by making one for each family member which makes it a lot more fun.

Gluten-Free Fruitcake

Rating: 5 stars
A dense cake filled with dried nuts and fruits and spiked with spiced rum that just happens to be gluten free. It will change your mind on fruitcakes. No re-gifting here!

Mom's Brazil Nut Fruitcake

Rating: 5 stars
There's just enough cake to hold the nuts and fruit together, and no nasty citron. This is one terrific cake.

White Fruit Cake

Rating: 4.79 stars
My mother has been making this fruit cake at Christmas time for as long as I can remember. My whole family loves it. I know there are a lot of people out there that have issues with fruit cake, but this recipe has converted even the most reluctant.

English Walnut Date Cake

Rating: 4.64 stars
This has been a favorite of my husband's since I can long remember. His mother always manages to bake him one every year (she's 75) for Christmas...though she claims it's always his last.

Pangiallo laziale (Italian Christmas Cakes)

Pangiallo is a traditional Italian Christmas cake, originally from Rome. Dried fruits and nuts are mixed with oil, wine, and flour to create a humble yet tasty treat that is vegan to boot! Wrap in cellophane or Christmas paper and give as gifts to friends and family.

Festive Fruitcake

Rating: 5 stars
This is a large recipe that is rich and dark. Make a few weeks ahead of time. The walnuts can be chopped or left whole.

Christmas Cherry Cake

Rating: 4.08 stars
This is a lovely white cake with cherries and raisins added for those of you who don't want to go to the trouble of making traditional fruitcakes. This freezes well.

Best Boiled Fruitcake

Rating: 4.75 stars
This recipe produces a really moist fruit cake it was given to me by my mom, and it's really easy. My mom uses it for Christmas cake by icing it. I use it for birthdays, Christmas, or just for a treat.

Dundee Cake

Rating: 4.71 stars
This Dundee cake recipe uses candied fruit peel and candied cherries to make a delicious version of a Scottish Christmas favorite.

Christmas Nut Cake

Rating: 4.43 stars
This nut loaf is all nuts. I have never met anyone who didn't like it - except for a few nuts!

Quick and Easy British Fruitcake

Rating: 3.5 stars
A quick and easy fruit cake for tea time that tastes best fresh out of the oven. You can use any mixed dried fruit you like, including cherries. [Recipe originally submitted to]

Inspiration and Ideas

Christmas Wreath Cake

Rating: Unrated
"This recipe is exactly the recipe my grandmother made. The only change I make is substituting pecans for walnuts and adding a 1/2 teaspoon of mace." – sistahcat

Tips For Baking Fruitcakes

Done right, fruitcakes are everything you want in a holiday indulgence.

Christmas Nut Cake

Rating: 4.43 stars

This nut loaf is all nuts. I have never met anyone who didn't like it - except for a few nuts!