easy fruit cake

It turns cynics into converts. I’ve made this recipe twice!! This fruit cake batter is sticky and packed with dried fruit pieces, which means that it can be prone to sticking, and thanks to the ceramic, easy release coating, I didn’t have to grease or line the loaf pan with parchment paper. Did want to point out though that I don’t believe baking powder and nutmeg are mentioned in the recipe itself, but are listed in the ingredients? This is on my next one to try. Appreciate it!! My grandmother insisted that we eat a piece or two every Christmas when we visited. You could definitely use a good quality triple sec, or even Grand Marnier (if you feel like splurging). a bit raisin-y, tho. it turned out pretty good. So glad to hear I’m not alone in that. I love it too! Tons and tons of dried fruit!! Please post more beautiful and delicious recipes. This cake seems very good. Hope this helps and please let me know if you like the cake once you make it. 🙂. This fruit cake recipe features their All-Clad Pro-Release Loaf Pan. Hmm. I love the sound of this recipe, I have all my ingredients ready to go but I would like to know if I can make this cake in a 20cm Round cake Tin. After I added it I realized that two of the fruits were “sweetened” already.  The holidays are not the same without it! The fruit should be mixed but it won’t be sitting in huge quantities of alcohol. My mom has never used brandy for wrapping – it is VERY high in alcohol content, so I would be a little hesitant unless you’re prepared for an even boozier flavor, since it does not cook off. LAURA, you have a devotee. I wouldn’t honestly worry too much because I don’t think it will be enough to completely over sweeten the cake, but you could reduce the brown sugar by a tablespoon and that should help mitigate.  I cheated and used some chopped maraschino cherries. I think it would be fine either way though! All of your substitution ideas sound really good, but unless you REALLY went tropical (different booze, coconut, etc) I don’t know if that would be the flavor you’d overwhelmingly taste when you bite into this cake either way. The best fruit cake recipe you’ll ever make! YES! I just personally prefer the flavor and flavor notes of triple sec or medium sherry, but you could experiment if you want!! The fruit cakes just slid out without issue. .juice  is added to the booze and soaked overnight and it always works really well. Set …  I was very intrigued by the mention of marzipan. laura,I have made fruit cakes for years but this one is simply fabulous. Beat sugar and butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. We’ve been making this fruitcake for years, so I’m very confident in the recipe – but it does get prepared way in advance, so I think people forget to come back and tell me the final outcome! Thanks Carol ps I make a slightly similar recipe for christmas pudding and the O. Can we freeze the cakes for later use, we have done the whole thing just as your recipe states, but we made a lot of cakes!!! This cake has only been tested using loaf pans, but several readers have had luck with this. After the cakes have cooled, we’ll wrap them tightly in cheesecloth soaked in medium sherry or triple sec. If you love sherry than you might prefer that option.  People will have to vote affirmatively to get one next year. These fruit cookies are a delicious little bites will make you rethink how you feel about this controversial dessert. It really does. The fruit should almost entirely soak up the rum, so no need to drain the fruit at all. Well, I happen to be a fruitcake lover, and this one is so similar to my family’s plum pudding! ABOUT Easy Fruit Cake RECIPE. Will be making this next year for sure. This will be my standard recipe for years to come. They even couldn’t believe that i made it by myself. I have a few questions about this recipe. Rum isn’t used for wrapping because its incredibly alcoholic/dry and honestly just doesn’t taste incredible for that type of application (where it’s not cooked off). It will still be extremely moist without the cheesecloth step, and I just don’t think fruit juice will benefit the cake (the alcohol does cut the sweetness; fruit juice won’t really add much to it). Yep, it’s pretty boozy, you might want to skip it this year, haha. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool completely before removing from the pans. Good morning. Not worried about the rum as it cooks off but what about the outside sherry? This year I remembered and thought I might tell you so that you can change it for others. I wouldn’t add any more dried fruit (than the recipe calls for, unless you’re substituting one for another) – because it is already very fruit heavy and the ratio will be thrown off. If no why ? This will be my first time attempting fruitcake making. This fruitcake it the most gorgeous ever! What can we use to substitute instead? I would recommend baking at the same temperature as the original recipe, but it will probably only take 30-45 minutes for loaves of that size. Alternatively you can mix the fruit with the batter. As you know, I’m a huge advocate for baking scales, particularly for baking. If the dried fruit was chopped in the way the recipe states and the amounts/ingredients were measured properly, I can assure you that this cake is anything but dry. I hope you love the fruit cakes!!! Perhaps Bob’s Red Mill brand? My friend and I love your recipe. I’m going to ask my mom (pro about the fruit cakes) and get back to you, as it has been a while since I made this. Happy to hear that! Yours looks absolutely perfect. It worked perfectly! I also added twice as much slivered almonds and same amount ( if not more) of chopped pecans. All thanks to you, keep up the good work and keep amazing us with your recipes. I don’t see why not, just a matter of taste preference! I may not be able to wait for the holidays! I had soaked all my four loaves with it. i also used dates instead of figs, but other than those 2 things, i stuck to the recipe. You could add the orange juice if you want, but I would personally not.  There’s no way this is staying around for weeks! Haha. Probably make a giant one in a tube pan. Hi! And I am preparing to make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thank you All-Clad for sponsoring this post! Even my grandfather who has diabetes couldn’t resist having a bite. Hi laura, i made this fruit cake for my father yesterday for his birthday and i must say after following your instructions one by one it wasn’t just easy to make but the resulting piece was mouth watering. As a small boy I thought they were dreadful, poisonous undigestable bricks. hi laura! 54 minutes baking time for the mini-loaves! Sorry I didn’t get back to this sooner!  Try this cake everyone! Regardless, I’m very excited to start soaking these and have them ready for Christmas!Â. I’ve seen other fruitcake recipes that have marzipan added into the batter. Haaa! will really appreciate your help. Eek! Oh, i didn’t mean paper kitchen towels, but the cotton type (English is not my first language). I’ve found that just a week of soaking makes the biggest difference in flavor, but your plan also sounds great 🙂 So thrilled you love this recipe as much as my family does! 🙂. When the weather is cooler, mind you. For added flavor, we’ll also be adding orange and lemon zest, orange juice, fresh grated Granny Smith apple, slivered almonds, and diced crystallized ginger (one of my favorite additions!). I guess you didn’t want to tell them about the marzipan and royal icing bit!!!! And yes to the feedback. I’ve included instructions in the recipe below, so the fruit mixture should soak for about 24 hours. Mary Berry: easy fruit cake. Wrap in sherry or triple sec soaked cheesecloth for at least a week for best flavor! In fact we seem to have gone fruitcake crazy! I’ve also updated the cake to include metric weights as well, and have simplified a few of the dry fruit ingredients too. But maybe the rum isn’t really supposed to soak all the fruit? Thank you so much for this recipe, it’s a wonderful treat for the holidays! Fruit-filled clementine cake. This year I died the raisins, all the other fruits, and then I had a random bag of chopped dates so I threw them in as well! Fruit cake is a traditional Christmas cake full of candied nuts and fruits. Wow! I will use it for the dribbles and curing. I was thinking of adding dried cranberries to help with the tartness, but they would not be soaked (I would just throw them in). Transfer and divide the batter evenly among the loaf pans. What an amazing write-up and review. Butter an 8x8 baking dish. I’ve never tried this and am a bit hesitant to advise it (especially since it’s not a cheap recipe to make and I don’t want you to get bad results), because it is VERY fruit filled and I’m worried there wouldn’t be much structure left if you used a non-gluten nut flour. Thats the next best option. Otherwise I was faithful.Â. The alcohol cuts sweetness and makes this cake so fragrant and delicious! Could you try a gluten free 1:1 blend? It is a TON of fruit, but you also end up soaking the baked fruitcake afterwards in booze, so in that sense it gains more moisture. A Beautiful Plate is a website dedicated to simplifying the art of cooking and sourdough bread baking. I know that I, and others, really appreciate it. I hope I can wait while it soaks… thank you. I’ve also added custom metric measurements to make it accessible to everyone. Can i ask should i soak with the nuts? Fruit cake. Preheat the oven to 150°C; Beat the eggs for 1-2 minutes; Add the oil, sugar, milk and sifted dry ingredients and mix well until the mixture is smooth and creamy. 🙂, BTW, I doubled the soaking amount out of neurosis and fear. Oh the dilemma, haha. Thanks so much for the compliments Natalie! I am using three types of nuts, 2 oz each slivered almonds, chopped walnuts and pecans. I hope this helps!! When I was younger, my family used to purchase cakes from a local monastery made by monks. Is there aby reason why I cant add the orange juice today to expand the fluid available to soak into the fruit? Unfortunately I’m very inexperienced with baking at altitude, so I can’t give you a specific adaptation to make, I would simply recommend adapting it the way that you adjust other baked goods in your home. Whatever you use, make sure you stir the fruit … I learned to love her fruitcake … But times change and we move forward and this recipe is outstanding !Last year I gifted this cake to my fruitcake loving friends and family. However, once in the fruit cake, I couldn’t really taste it… but I am getting sleepy when eating it lol. So thrilled to hear that Christine! Have you ever made a gluten free version or is that even possible? I grew up with that fruitcake with glazed cherries and bitter fruit My dear mother  made a lovely dark version of it and  would take out those old fashioned tins to bake them in. ), the second loaf will go to a family friend in another state. Hi, made this tonight and it smells delicious. Wow! You can get more information here. Thank you so much! Hi Laura graye, Don’t worry about the cinnamon and nutmeg addition! Cakes are very moist and slice nicely. Thank you! Hope you like it :’). I think it will be fairly obvious when you start baking! Or is it the usual fruitcake sort of flavor one could expect? I am assuming you use a sweet sherry for this recipe? may i know if u were using the oven with fan force or not? Bake for 40 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. So instead, I tested and updated the recipe to include regular raisins and golden raisins for contrast. This looks and sounds amazing (and your photos are gorgeous!). What dried fruits are they? On that note, my GUESS is that it would make four loaves of that size. I just fixed this. What a lovely tradition! I made this fruitcake exactly as recipe showed. It tastes just like the fruit cake my neighbor orders from a specialty bakery! I read that early this morning and I’m not sure why my brain read “paper towels” and not kitchen towels (as you said!). Article by Homes Property. I used chopped pecans and walnuts,lightly toasted, not halves. After soaking the fruit in it overnight, when I whiffed it, I nearly got drunk!! You could, but there really is no point because they don’t need to be softened. Thank youÂ. Poor fruit cake, it gets such a bad rap. You most likely could, but it is a much stronger flavored alcohol, so it is really up to you and your taste preferences! Do you have a kitchen linen (real linen or a thin other variety) you’d feel comfortable soaking and potentially staining? This will be my first year in over 20 years of making fruitcake with dried fruit rather than candied fruit. I’ve already made two loaves and I have the fruit soaking for two more! So far I’m thinking pineapple, mango, dates (which come from *date palm* trees) — and use apricot and raisins to tart-en it up. I put all the batter into a quite large, round cake pan (the kind where the bottom unsnaps from the sides). I did not use the figs added extra cherries, plums, peaches, and apricots. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes, rotating the pans halfway, or until the cakes have set. okey-dokey! Good afternoon, can I use kitchen towels Instead of cheesecloth for wrapping? I saw another comment that mentioned marzipan on top. Advice on expected yield & modification to baking instructions please? also, i think i will stick with the citrus zest flavor. I happened to try out another recipe of eggless fruitcake from a Prestige SmartChef website and it looked quite similar. Made with flour, butter, sugars, egg, vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg dried fruit. Hi Alisyn! Absolutely! Does it need to be refrigerated or will it hold up for a few weeks just wrapped in the cheesecloth, wax paper, and foil? But he likes it with marzipan and icing (traditional British–I live in the UK). A question about soaking the cake. It will barely cover the fruit and it'll look like it's not enough, but it will be great. I’d like to make for my dad but I’m not on the ball and it’s super close to Christmas lol. Thanks for the great question. 🙂, I made this recipe without the chocolate.. BY FAR, THE WORLD’S BEST.. I actually haven’t made this yet, I’m planning to next year but will make it ahead just to make sure it works. Butter as well…. Preheat the over to 350F (180C). Several people have asked how to put marzipan on top. So, that altitude will absolutely affect your baking and recipes (usually sugar and leavening) need to almost always be adjusted, particularly if you live about 5,000 feet (which you are well above). It looks fantastic!! I don’t eat it but I like the challenge. It was first inspired my British grandmother’s recipe. Thanks for the lovely write-up and beautiful photos of our fruitcake! Has anyone tried for just a couple of weeks? Do u know what affected that?Â, Hi, love your fruit cake recipe! I bought everything and am ready for attack! If you’re looking for durable and high-quality bakeware for yourself (or to gift to others! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I think it will work but want your thoughts.  Oh My god. The toothpick trick is a little tricky because its a moist cake with a lot of dried fruit, but it should mostly come out clean. I would still use cheesecloth, but a thin kitchen linen would be next best option. I would assume I could just add that after baking? I’m one of the people who think it wouldn’t be Christmas without baking a fruitcake. I recently tested this cake and have found that just a week of soaking (or even a few days) makes the biggest difference with flavor, so don’t worry if you can’t soak it longer. We use a serrated knife to cut it into thin slices or cut regular slices in half. A toothpick inserted into the cake should come out clean when the cake is ready. Am aware it might just reduce the fressh orangey taste a little but I wonder with well over 1kg of dried fruit, if that will really be noticeable. im looking forward to make this! It is one of my absolute favorites too. 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