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Old Fashioned Fruitcake Recipe

This easy fruitcake recipe has been in our family for years. It's full of dates, cherries, pineapple, and pecans that make it more like candy than a cake! No need to let it "ripen" it's great the same day it's made!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Amercian Heritage, Holiday
Keyword candied fruit, moist, pecans, sticky, sweet
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 10 servings
Calories 685kcal
Author Marye Audet-White



  • 1 pound pecans
  • 1 pound dates-pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 pound candied cherries (red and geen)
  • 1/2 pound candied pineapple (red and green or yellow)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or 1 tablespoon rum, bourbon, or brandy


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees (that is not a typo-TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY degrees)
  • Place a pan with boiling water in the oven to create steam.
  • Fill the pan as needed during baking.
  • Spray two loaf pans with cooking spray and line with wax paper.
  • Spray wax paper with cooking spray.
  • Chop dates and nuts.
  • Sift dry ingredients over fruit and nuts and mix in.
  • Beat eggs until light, add vanilla and pour over fruit, mixing well. (you will probably need to mix with your hands)
  • Spoon into prepared pans, pressing down gently to remove large air bubbles and spaces.
  • Bake at 250 for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • Let cool.


  • To store: et the cake cool and remove it from the pan. Leave the waxed paper on it and then wrap it in plastic wrap, then foil.
  • This fruitcake ships well. Just wrap it in waxed paper, then in aluminum foil.
  • You can brush this with rum or brandy if you like but I never do - it's good without it.
  • Don't use the "mixed candied fruit". It isn't moist enough and your cake will be dry and tasteless.


Calories: 685kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 533mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 73g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2.4mg