Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr
This recipe is from the Diamonds for Dessert blog. The author says "It is a family recipe handed down to me by my mom." I have yet to try it but it looks so delicious!
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 4 eggs, room temperature
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3⁄4-1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups mixed nuts and dried fruit
- 1⁄2 cup flour, to coat dried fruit
- To make the fruit & nut mix, chop up an assortment of dried fruits and nuts of your choice. Typically, my mom uses raisins, pineapple, papaya, green & red glacé cherries, and pecans. Smaller dried fruits like raisins don't need to be cut, but dice up the other fruits and the nuts. Now measure out 3 cups worth of the mixture and mix it up with the remaining 1/2 cup of flour (this is done so that the fruits and nuts won't all sink to the bottom of your cake when baking).
- Preheat the oven to 325°F
- Cream the butter and sugar together. Mix in the cream cheese.
- Add the eggs in one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add the vanilla extract.
- In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients: 2 cups flour, the baking powder, and the salt.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients; the batter will be quite thick.
- When barely any streaks remain, mix in the flour-covered fruit & nut mix. Only on few strokes of your spatula are needed; do not overmix.
- Spray a loaf pan (9x5 in) with nonstick spray and line the bottom of the pan with a rectangle of parchment paper.
- Scrape your batter into the loaf pan, smoothing the top.
- Place in the oven and let bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.
- If near the end of baking, the inside of the cake is still wet but the top is browning too quickly, cover the top with a sheet of foil.
- Let your cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooking.