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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Super Easy Fruitcake

Fruitcake...you either love it or hate it, right?
If you love it then you have got to try this recipe!  Basically just 4 ingredients needed. (3 if you use self-rising flour)
1 kg dried fruit and nuts
2  1/3 cups orange juice
2 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder 

So these are your basic ingredients with which you can produce a lovely fruitcake.

I used a small container each of dried citrus peel and candied pineapple. then equal parts sultana raisins, dried cranberries and chopped walnuts to total 1 kg.

Mix the dried fruit with orange juice in a large bowl.
I replaced 1/3 cup of orange juice with rum and added 4-5 drops of angostura bitters.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Mix the flour and baking powder together and stir into the dried fruit mixture until just combined. I added 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp allspice to the flour mixture before combining. 

Spoon into a parchment lined 8 X 8" baking tin. The tin will be COMPLETELY full. 

Bake at 320F for 2 hours.  A cake tester should come out clean.

Then turn off the oven and leave cake in for an additional 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool in pan on rack. While still warm you may want to brush the top with rum. Or 2 tbsp of apple or apricot jelly boiled them simmered for 10 minutes with 1 tsp of water and brushed on for a glaze.

You don't want to try and remove it from the pan until it is really almost completely cooled.

O...M...G...I can't believe how easy this was!

Once cold it slices perfectly

The original recipe called for chocolate milk instead of orange juice, but apparently the liquid can be also subbed with pineapple or mango juice or even black tea.

I know I rambled on about the ingredients but here is what I used:

1 kg mixed dried fruit and nuts
2 cups orange juice
1/3 cup rum (plus more for brushing)
4-5 drop angostura bitters
2 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice

Adapted from: https://thelinkssite.com/2016/07/22/3-ingredient-fruit-cake


  1. if i dont have bitters, can i omit it or what can i sub for it

  2. Can I make into 2 loaves and what size would you recommend?

  3. Can I make into 2 loaves and what size would you recommend?

    1. Sorry I'm late in answering you. Yes I believe you could use two 5 X 7 loaf pans. Baking time should be about the same, maybe a little less. Just check with a cake tester a little sooner.

  4. Can I make into 2 loaves and what size would you recommend?

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  6. What are angostura bitters and how much is 1kg

    1. wiki › Angostura_bitters
      Angostura bitters is a concentrated bitters (herbal alcoholic preparation) based on gentian, herbs, and spices, and can be found in a liquor store or with cocktail mixers in the grocery store.
      And 1 kg is 2.2 lbs.

  7. 320 for 2 hours?! Mine was in 320 for 30 minutes. Burned to a crisp. Tester came out clean.

    1. I am sorry to hear that! Did you use the same sized pan as the recipe? I have made this (or variation of it) many times with no trouble. In fact sometimes I think the middle might have done well to be left in a smidge longer.

    2. That's nuts! 320F is not even a moderate temperature (usually 350 F). Thirty minutes shouldn't even have made it particularly hot, for such a dense mixture. Did you preheat the oven before putting the cake in?

  8. So excited to try this recipe (it's in the oven now) I love fruitcake, but family members have allergies to eggs and tree nuts. How cool to be able to make a holiday treat that they can enjoy too. So simple!
    Merry Christmas!

  9. This was an excellent fruitcake! Very easy and inexpensive (well, except for the Jamaican rum that I used to "feed" it!) I used almonds, but I think walnuts or pecans would be better. The family nibbled it all up. This will be my Christmas cake from now on! Thank you!