My "non-Fruitcake" Fruitcake

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs

I came up with this many years ago as I love fruitcake and nearly everyone else was saying yuck though I believe there to be many "closet fruitcake eaters" out there!! I have made this every year since and purchase store bought for myself and others to have a bit of the old fashioned as well. This is so quick and easy as I always use 2 packages of cranberry or date quick bread mix as the base batter. I have, however, provided my cranberry quick bread recipe which is equivalent to the 2 boxed mixes. Use either though I appreciate using the mixes as my base at such a busy cooking and baking time of year for me. If you use a date quick bread mix add the chopped cranberries called for in the batter of this recipe; the added zing is wonderful! Everyone has loved this and wants the recipe. You do not need to make this months in advance. I make mine Christmas Eve morning early and you want it to be fresh, or freeze and thaw. Until now I have never given the recipe and they'd have to know where to look to find it now. Will I tell them?? NAHHHHH!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a very large bowl mix the batter posted here or quick bread mixes according to package directions. If using my quick bread recipe, I use oil and mix wet ingredients. Mix wet ingredients and stir wet into dry gently.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into greased and floured (lightly floured) tube pan. You could also use baking paper to line, I don't.
  4. Baking time will vary quite a bit but is long; 1 1/2 to 2 hours plus. Is done when a knife inserted comes out just clean.
  5. Cool on wire rack and turn out when barely warm. I also cool mine upside down on top of a bottle if I have a bottle that fits!
  6. As you can see, there is more stuff than batter and turns out lively and fresh tasting. I prefer the cranberry bread mix. You can also use a double recipe of your own quick bread recipe which yields enough batter for 2 loaves. The cranberry adds a zippier flavor!
  7. Serve in fairly thin slices. I have never counted the slices as with any fruitcake some will break apart a bit. So I am using my best guess here!
  8. This freezes extremely well. My mother freezes much of her share by slicing, wrapping in foil or wax paper and placing each slice into a plastic sandwich bag. Thaw at room temperature. You can also cut the cake into portions (ie 4-6.
  9. large pieces) and freeze this way. Makes a great breakfast as well!

Reviews

(5)
Most Helpful

WOW! Most of my family already likes fruitcake. So when my dad asked for one for Christmas, I tried this one, and it was a hit! Everyone loved it (including me even though I don't like walnuts and my brother who doesn't like fruitcake!) It was super easy to make. Mine didn't take nearly as long to bake as the recipe (I used a non-stick bunt pan) and with lots of Pam spray, it came out of the pan easily. This will become a Christmas tradition! Thank you!

crystalroset January 08, 2010

Very very simple! I used the 2 boxes of Date Quick Bread, and I used 1 cup of Raisens and 1 cup of dried cranberries. For the water I used one cup of water and 1/2 cup of bourban. After cooling in the pan, I popped the cake (still in the pan) into the freezer so when I removed it from the pan, the cake stayed in one piece. Great holiday recipe, a true time saving keeper!!!

Jessica Costello November 14, 2008

My cake turned out perfectly,I followed the recipe exactly. My problem came when I tried to turn upside down on a bottle to cool. It fell into 5 delicious pieces.

Flowerfreak88 December 16, 2007

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a