My "non-Fruitcake" Fruitcake

“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!”
READY IN:
2hrs 30mins
SERVES:
36
UNITS:
US

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!

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