27 Best Fruitcake Recipes for the Christmas Season

Fruitcake is a Christmas classic, but what if we turned traditional into tremendous? These recipes just might have you taking a second trip to the dessert table!

The World's Best Fruitcake

“I love making fruitcakes, and this is truly the best fruitcake I’ve ever made! I’ve received rave reviews from friends, and those who don’t even like fruitcake!”

-ncokie Forsythe

Nell's Fruitcake Cookies

"My grandma used to make these cookies for Christmas every year, and we loved them so much! They turned out exactly like I remember.”


Easy-Peasy Fruit Cake

“This throw together fruit cake might not cut the mustard against some of the more decadent fruit cakes, but it is scrumptious nonetheless. I offer it to you as a perfect natural rescue remedy for any sugar cravings, or as a quick easy cake for those surprise guests who pop over for a cup of tea on a lazy Sunday afternoon.”

-The Blender Girl

Mini Fruitcakes

"These are baked in mini-muffin tins and make a great addition to a cookie tray. The end product is very moist and tasty."


Holiday Fruitcake

All the soaked, delicious dried fruits combined into a dense, delicious bundt cake that will top off your dessert table this year!

Fresh Fruit Cake

“This cake is a great way to use fresh fruit in the summer, and dried fruit for the holidays. You can use only one kind of fruit, or mix different fruits together for a fruit salad effect. Serve this cake accompanied with whipped cream or a scoop or vanilla ice cream, and I am sure you will love it!”


Sugar-Free Fruitcake

“The flavor of this cake was great. The honey and fruit gave it just enough sweetness. Four hours in a low oven, and we have something that is very tasty, chewy and crunchy. Funnily enough, some of it disappeared during the slow cooking. Turns out, the cake is just as delicious hot!”


Starter for Friendship Fruitcake

“This fruitcake is fabulous! I always add walnuts or pecans to mine. Also, I frost the cakes with cream cheese frosting. Definitely one of the five best cakes I have ever had!”

-Lindas Busy Kitchen

Holiday Fruitcake Bars

“These fruitcake bars are very good! My husband loves fruitcake, and enjoyed the taste. I’m glad I found this recipe for an easy, quick way to have something close to a fruitcake, but with a milder taste!”

-Lighthouse Rita

Rich Christmas Fruitcake

“I made this Christmas cake a few weeks ago. I used brandy. The soaked fruit made the cake lovely and moist!”


Nutty As A Fruitcake

"In the past, I never liked fruitcake, but I wanted to try it again. This is so good! I made two loaves, and gave one to my mom as a gift and have been enjoying the other myself. It was great.”


Christmas Mocha Fruitcake

“I love the hint of chocolate you get a bite of every now and then!”


Dairy-Free Fruitcake

“I’ve made this countless times, and it always turns out well! I sometimes substitute apple or pineapple juice for the orange, and it works extremely well.”

-Lynne H.

Rum Fudge Fruitcake Cupcakes

“A beautiful combination of fruitcake and a cake brownie!”


No-Bake Fruitcake

“This is very much like a fruitcake, but made with marshmallow! No flour or cooking here. I love the bourbon in it!”


Nee's White Fruitcake

“This is a lighter fruitcake that my grandmother has made for over 40 years. Starting in November, friends and family members start requesting this cake. It can be frozen after baking, or refrigerated to make it keep longer!”


Fruitcake Drops

“My husband is not a fruitcake fan, and he’s raving about these cookies! They were fantastic and not too sweet. I’m sure the brandy flavoring makes a big difference in taste.”


Philly Christmas Bundt Cake

“I give this recipe five stars! It is delicious. I dusted the pan with ground pecans before pouring the batter in to bake. I iced the finished product with a powdered sugar glaze.”


Fruitcake, the Drink

“This is so good. The clove and sugar rim make your tongue and lips tingle. Also, the almond and orange flavor make it taste so much like fruit cake! It’s feeling like Christmas while sipping this in June.”


Rum Fruitcake

“This cake is fabulous; and it gets even better for keeping! We loved it, and I will definitely be making this recipe again!”

-Mrs B

Mary's Winter Fruit Cake

“What a great cake! I’ve always enjoyed fruit cocktail. Whether its plain, over ice cream, or topping pound cake. This recipe is a great addition to all of that! I really enjoyed the icing, even though the cake is very moist by itself!”

-Sydney Mike

Coconut Fruit Cake

“I’ve been making this fruit cake every Christmas for over 50 years. Even those who don’t care for fruit cake will enjoy this one. It can be kept well-sealed in the refrigerator for up to a year!”


Boiled Fruit Cake

"This fruitcake is absolutely wonderful! So spicy, and chocked full of fruit. Great texture, and great flavor!”


Saffron Fruit Cake

“This light, yet moist fruitcake keeps really well. The sweet perfumed aroma that the saffron provides goes well with the buttery dried fruit. The method is easier than most cake recipes, so you’ll want to make this over and over again.”


Rich Christmas Fruitcake

“I made this last Christmas, and it was a lovely cake. It was eaten in two weeks, whereas the cake I used to make took about a month to be finished. Three people have asked me for the recipe including my mother, who has used the same recipe for the last 30 odd years!”


Eggless Christmas Fruitcake

“This is a very easy cake to make. The fruits never sink, and the cake is not as rich as some fruitcakes.”



"My mother, who has a life-long hatred of fruitcake, begs me to make this for her. I use chopped crystallized ginger in with the mixed fruit. This is similar to gingerbread- fruit cake edition!”

-Soldier Girl