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Old Fashioned Fruitcake Recipe
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Old Fashioned Fruitcake recipe

My Old Fashioned Fruitcake recipe is an old family recipe featuring candied fruit and crunchy nuts filling this brandy infused cake. A true holiday classic.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 277kcal


  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup flour (divided)
  • teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup brandy (divided)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I recommend pecans)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup candied pineapple (cut in small pieces)
  • 8 ounces dates (chopped small)
  • ½ cup candied cherries


  • Cream butter. Add sugar gradually & cream until smooth. Add eggs, one at time, beating well after each.
  • Sift ¾ C flour with spices. Add alternately with 2 tablespoon brandy to creamed mixture.
  • Dredge fruit and nuts with remaining flour. Add floured fruit to batter, mix well.
  • Pour into pan lined with waxed paper.
  • Bake at 300⁰ for 90 minutes.  The fruitcake is done when it is moist but no longer doughy.
  • Remove from oven and baste with remaining 2 tablespoon brandy and let cool.
  •  Store in airtight container and baste weekly with brandy for a month.


You can make your individual fruitcakes big or small, however you will have to adjust the baking time accordingly. Here is how to do so:
1-2 pound fruitcake – Bake approximately 90 minutes per pound
2-4 pound fruitcake – 60 minutes per pound
4-8 pound fruitcake – 45 minutes per pound
8-12 pound fruitcake – 30 minutes per pound
IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE you will love my M&M's Christmas Bark recipe too!


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.3mg