Rich Fruit Cake

Rich Fruit Cake

The Rich Fruit Cake is as much a part of the Christmas season as other traditional symbols like the Christmas tree, poinsettias, and mistletoe. Rumor has it that the Fruit Cake is never eaten but regifted each year. 😉 I have been making my own Fruit Cake for the past several years and rest assured it does not last through New Year’s Day although it is never offered to the kids. In fact, this loaf is almost half gone! And yes, there is booze in the cake.

I look forward to making this cake each year, normally two to three weeks before Christmas. It is then allowed to age in the fridge and brushed with brandy each week. This not only makes the cake very moist but also incredibly tasty…hic! Once you have tasted homemade Fruit Cake, you will never again eat store bought ones.

Rich Fruit Cake

This recipe was adapted from the Australian Women’s Weekly Cookbook on Cakes & Slices.

Rich Fruit Cake
Prep time
Total time
Dried Fruits
  • 1 cup (160g) raisins
  • 1 cup (200g) dates, chopped
  • ½ cup (100g) apricots, chopped
  • ½ cup (100g) prunes, chopped
  • ½ cup (120ml) brandy
  • ½ cup (120ml) sherry
Cake Batter
  • 1½ (225g) cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 stick (½ cup/115g) butter
  • ¼ cup (45g) brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup plum jam
  • ¼ cup (60ml) warm water
  • 1 cup (180g) red glazed cherries
  • 1 cup (100g) chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp dried Clementine peel
  1. Combine raisins, dates, apricots, and prunes in a medium sized bowl. Pour in brandy and sherry, cover, and leave overnight at room temperature.
  2. Grease a 9”x5” loaf pan and line with 2 layers of parchment paper. Drain soaked fruits, reserving the liquid. Sift flour, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and baking powder into a bowl. Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C).
  3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg and beat until combined, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture, plum jam, and water. Beat on low speed until just combined. Stir in soaked fruits, cherries, walnuts, and orange peel.
  4. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake in oven for about 2 hours. Test with a wooden pick. Cake is done if pick comes out clean.
  5. Allow cake to cool in the pan. When cooled, remove cake from pan. Peel off parchment paper.
  6. Brush reserved liquid all over the cake.
  7. Wrap with parchment paper followed by aluminum foil. Seal cake in food storage bag and allow cake to age in the fridge for 2 weeks. Brush cake once a week (for 2 more times) with brandy and reseal.
  8. Finish cake within a month or freeze for up to three months.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 10 to 12 servings

Rich Fruit Cake

I am sending this to Faith and Brandy for their All Through the Year Cheer Christmas event.

Rich Fruit Cake


And now to share with you some pictures of the storm that hit us this past weekend. I think we had about 17 inches of snow. The snow drifts were about 2 to 3 feet high. Our single stage snow thrower could not handle the job and so we had to shovel instead. It was back breaking and bitterly cold. The windchill brought the temperatures down to between -15°F to -30°F on Sunday.

This is the view from our front porch. Standing at the front door, the street is obscured from view because of the mountain of snow plowed onto the yard by the city snow plows. You can compare the snow pictures taken last February in this post. Also check out my winter freezer post.

Rich Fruit Cake

Look at all that snow piled up on the roof. Down it comes with that 30 feet long roof rake!

Rich Fruit Cake

Ro-Ri San and Ro-Jiro had to put on snow shoes to get to the front of the house so as not to sink knee deep into the snow. Raking the roof is hard work but necessary to prevent excessive snow from collecting on the roof. It also prevents ice damming at the edge of the roof blocking melting snow from draining off and causing leaks in the ceilings.

Yikes! The inflatable roof of the Metrodome, home of the Minnesota Vikings collapsed Sunday morning after the heavy snowfall. The scheduled game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants will be played tonight at Detroit instead.

Rich Fruit Cake

This is our backyard neighbor throwing snow off his skating rink with his 2 stage snow thrower. Even his 2 stage was not able to handle the thick snow close to the edge of the rink. He sets up the rink each year for the past ten years after all the leaves from the trees have fallen. We have the best view of the ice hockey game being played here during the holidays.

Rich Fruit Cake

Maintaining the rink is hard work as it needs resurfacing every two weeks or so. After throwing off the snow in the morning, he was out there later that day in the bitter cold spraying a layer of water on the surface to get it smooth and ready for the season. Despite the cold, I am sure we’ll see his son out there this evening.

Anyone care for ice skating?

Rich Fruit Cake

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎

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  1. says

    So beautiful all that snow! That’s the kinda stuff that helps get ya in the spirit of the holiday season. :) So different from So Calif – we had temps in the 80s yesterday. I’m so missing sweater weather.

    Luv the pictures of the fruit cake’s batter. So many goodies and spirits in this bread! What a lovely seasonal treat and tradition.

  2. says

    Yum, Biren, this fruit cake looks so dense and delicious. Not everyone likes fruit cake but I do. I think I just like anything that is carb-y in general!
    Beautiful pictures of the snow!! Please keep posting them, I really enjoy looking at them!

  3. says

    Biren, Your fruit cake looks good and I also like to add liqueur in my fruit cake too.
    WOW, that’s a heavy snow, how I wish that we can have a little snow here during the hottest day.

    • Biren says

      A little snow will be good in your warm weather. If only we can have a little of the warm weather now. It is freezing over here…brrrr!

  4. says

    Believe it or not, I’ve never had fruit cake! Ever!! I think it’s always seemed scary (at least its reputation) so I’ve stayed away, but I’d love to try yours! Also, that’s so cool that your neighbor has a skating rink! I used to figure skate for many years, and I can imagine how fun it is to have a rink in your yard (but also a true testament to how cold it is!!)

    • Biren says

      It is so cool that you figure skate. Figure skating is my favorite Winter Olympic event to watch. Unfortunately I can only move forward on ice skates and not very much of anything else.

  5. says

    Wow-Just lost my entire comment…forgot the captcha phrase button, and when I went back…pufff…gone!
    OK-Just wanted to let you know, that your fruit cake is the most gorgeous cake I’ve ever seen…honest!
    All that love, and hard work that went into it is like “GOLD” gotta to savor this amazing cake, with tiny portions to dole out…LOL
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe with the step-by-step photos, Biren!
    I’m freezing, just looking at your NOT SO WINTER WONDERLAND photos, and glad that I’m not there!
    Can’t say it’s warm here in S. Florida either, but it only lasts for a short time!

    • Biren says

      I am trying to practise self restraint here by not raiding any more of the cake or there will be none left for Christmas. It is hard when it is on the front page of my blog.

      Yes, it is freezing but it does look kinda pretty. A white Christmas for sure. :)

  6. says

    Oh Biren, you totally had me at booze…haha. Your cake looks fantastic!

    Holy moley! That sure was a quite a storm you had. I’m jealous of your neighbour’s ice rink. My back neighbor has an ice rink too, but we have a fence between us so no free skating for us 😉
    Try to stay warm, my friend.

    • Biren says

      Our neighbor did casually mention that we can use the rink some years back but we have never done it. We normally go downtown to skate on a huge frozen lake. Will share pictures when we get there. I think they have just opened it for skating but it is too cold and there are many things going on right now.

  7. says

    The fruit cake looks super moist and yummy !!! I wish I am there now to enjoy the snow.. Unfortunately I am not in MN now.. do share ur skate pictures as well.

  8. says

    Bob and I both love fruitcake so your recipe has found a happy home. This sounds delicious. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  9. says

    Hi Biren, your post really made me smile, from the yes there is booze in this cake to the boys raking snow off the roof and don’t forget the ice skating rink, I am just loving your blog. I would also enjoy a slice of your fruit cake any time of day, it looks wonderful- thanks for sharing your recipe as well as a slice of your life, Patty

  10. says

    This looks SO much better than what I can find in the store. And I love that it gets brushed with brandy…I”m sure that it makes it super delicious! Bless your heart with all that snow. Stay warm, my dear. Thank you for sharing with me today. Have an afternoon full of love!

  11. says

    Your fruitcake is absolutely magnificent, Biren! My mom would adore it (it’s one of her holiday favorites). All that snow is just gorgeous! That is so cool that your neighbor makes an ice skating rink!

  12. DongXing says

    Hello Biren. Your fruit cake is calling out to me…I love fruit cake, especially at Christmas time with all the booze in there making it extra boozy and festive. I could do with a slice right now at work!!! Love the snow and the ice rink – my kids would go wild in the rink. Thanks for sharing.

    • Biren says

      A fruit cake is a must for Christmas. The booze makes it extra special. 😉 Though it is really cold, the snow is kinda nice. It provides the atmosphere for the holidays. Definitely a white Christmas this year. :)

  13. says

    I know all that snow is giving you a hard time, but my goodness it’s just so beautiful, that I feel snow envy creeping up on me again LOL

    My boys would go wild if they had a skating rink just next door!

    I love the light golden look of your fruitcake – so different from the awfully dark and ancient looking ones in the shops 😛

    • Biren says

      It is very cold and can be a lot of work but it is beautiful. Definitely a white Christmas this year. The snow provides atmosphere and a nice backdrop for the decorations and festivities. :)

      Yeah, the kids have fun on the rink. If only I can skate like them.

      Ancient fruit cakes? LOL! This delicious cake does have a bad rep.

    • Biren says

      I am glad to know there are some out there who love fruit cake. This cake is delicious but unfortunately it has a bad rep.

  14. says

    Would you believe I’ve never tried fruitcake before? This actually looks quite delicious. I love how it’s soaked in alcohol; yum!

    And holy moly on all that snow! It’s been awhile since I’ve lived in the north; I’ve forgotten what that much snow looks like! Love the skating rink; how cool of your neighbor to do that!

  15. says

    I must say that fruit cake looks really tempting with all the fruits and nuts in it…I have made fruit cakes before but not this type where you need to keep brushing with brandy and waiting for weeks before one gets to enjoy it.

  16. says

    I have baked this very cake twice and loved it but I misplaced the book this year and stumbled upon your blog searching for the recipe. Merry Xmas!

  17. says

    Ha ha – I was just telling a French friend here about the joke that in the US there is really one lone fruitcake and it keeps getting ‘re-gifted’ and passed around. I’m not a fan of candied peel, but living in the UK, where there’s a fruit cake for every occasion, I’ve grown fond of it. I especially love Christmas cake, which is fruit cake soaked in booze and covered in marzipan and royal icing! Hpe you don’t get quite as much snow this year… :-)

    • Biren says

      Haha…the legend of the re-gifted fruit cake lives on! Yes, I know of those fruit cakes covered in royal icing. At one time it was very popular at weddings. They taste so good and look so pretty. :)

  18. Salmah Yusoff says

    I just came across yr blog and love it. Interested in the fruitcake recipe. What if I omit the liquor, will the cake taste as good? Thank you.


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