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How to Bake Dark & Delicious Holiday Fruit Cake

Fruit CakeSo traditional…So delicious…Dark & Delicious Holiday Fruit Cake is fruit cake, the RIGHT WAY!

Whether you’re preparing this Christmas treat for this year, or you’re allowing it to age until the next one, this cake is sure to please the masses.

Dark & Delicious Holiday Fruit Cake:

It’s full of fruit, nuts & loving goodness. Our Dark & Delicious Holiday Fruit Cake will make you remember your childhood, as this is as traditional as it gets.

Type: Dessert Recipe

Serve With: Christmas cheer!
Prep Time: 15 min + 1 month of aging
Cook Time: 2 – 3 hrs
Yield: 1 cake/loaf


  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour – sifted
  • 3/4 cups chopped nuts – almonds or pecans
  • 1 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 2/3 cup candied cherries – red and/or green
  • 2/3 cup candied pineapple
  • 1/4 cup dried coconut
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp mace
  • 1 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar – packed
  • 6 large eggs
  • 6 egg yolks – extra
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract – Please use real vanilla extract, not artificial!
  • 1/8 cup grape juice
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 6 egg whites


  1. Mix 1/2 of flour with fruits.
  2. Mix rest of flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg and mace.
  3. Cream butter and gradually add brown sugar.
  4. Beat in 6 large eggs and 6 egg yolks.
  5. Add vanilla extract, grape juice and brandy.
  6. Use low speed to slowly combine flour mix thoroughly.
  7. Gently fold in nuts & fruit.
  8. Beat egg whites separately and gently fold into above mix.
  9. Bake at 275 degrees for 2-3 hrs or until skewer comes out cleanly.
  10. Store for 1 month before serving and periodically add 1-2 tbsp brandy. * Tip: If you don’t have that kind of time, it will still be delicious!
  11. Enjoy for Christmas!

It’s so worth the wait…Just delicious and so much a part of Christmas in our family!


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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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  1. Hi Kimberly,

    What a cake! Looks delicious – perfect ingredients!

    Have a great holiday season!

    Gera .:. sweetsfoods

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  2. It seems like there are hundreds of recipes for fruitcake, yet I can’t tell the difference from one to the next. Are there really that many different kinds?

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