Pecan Fruit Cake

I never understood the aversion to fruit cake. Until I realized it was because I was spoiled by my dad’s version (seems to be a trend when it comes to anything my dad cooked/baked). I doubt I will ever stray away from this recipe, unless he finds some inconceivable way to improve it. It’s dense and moist like a pound cake, but filled with an insane amount of fruit and nuts. This is one fruit cake that will not be pawned off.

PECAN FRUIT CAKE

Makes 2 cakes

Ingredients:

2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature

2-1/4 cups sugar

6 large eggs, beaten

4 tsp lemon juice

4 cups flour, divided

2 tsp baking powder

1 lb (2-1/2) cups candied red and green cherries, cut in pieces

1 lb candied pineapple, cut in pieces

1 lb golden raisins

1 lb (4 cups) chopped pecans

1/2 lb (2 cups) whole almonds (I opted to chop mine a little)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees for tube/bundt pans or 275 degrees for loaf pans. Generously grease and flour two pans and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together 3 cups flour and the baking powder.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar. Add beaten eggs and lemon juice until incorporated, then add the flour/baking powder mix.
  4. In a separate extra large bowl, mix candied fruit and raisins with the remaining cup of flour until well coated. Add nuts and then the batter and mix well.
  5.  Pour evenly into the two prepared tube or loaf pans. Tube pans cook the best. Do not use glass pans.  Bake tube pans at 250 for about 1.5-2 hours; loaf pans cook at 275 for about 1-1.5 hours.
  6. Cook times are approximate. Test for doneness with a toothpick after one hour and as needed afterward. Do not over cook! Slow baking keeps the cake moist. Let cool completely before removing from pans. Keep covered in fridge.

 

Source: My dad

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18 Responses to “Pecan Fruit Cake”

  • Filled with an insane amount of fruit and nuts–that sounds perfectly delicious to me! I like that this is made in a bund cake pan instead of a loaf. The cake makes for a lovely presentation with all those vibrant colors of the fruit. I think your dad knows his fruitcakes very well-hats of to your dad for coming up with this recipe! Glad you shared it here!

  • My step-father randomly requested I make him a fruitcake this holiday season, and since I’ve never made one before, I had no idea where to start. This looks like a great one, glad you shared! :)

  • I’ve only had fruitcake once and actually liked it! This cake sounds so moist adn I love all the festive colors!

  • So I can’t really admit that I’ve ever had a fruit cake that I love but I would go for it if it has pecans in it, they are my favorite. It looks totally moist and Delicious!

  • So I can’t really admit that I’ve ever had a fruit cake that I love but I would go for it if it has pecans in it, they are my favorite. It looks totally moist and so delicious, Erin!

  • I have never been a fan of fruit cake – but this looks good. Looks moist and full of yummy stuff!

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme:

    You know I have never made fruit cake before and a few weeks ago I think I saw Alton Brown or someone on either Food Network or Cooking Channel talking about fruit cakes and it got me thinking of making one sometime. Now after seeing this fabulous recipe I really want to give it a try. I’m hoping that I can squeeze it in to my crazy schedule this week and make this. It would be perfect for everyone coming while we entertain for Christmas. :)

  • Kathy:

    Can’t wait to try this fruitcake – I love the picture with all those yummy fruit and nuts!!

  • Oh yum! You made a fruit and nut bundt cake! That sounds absolutely delicious!

  • I totally agree! Fruitcake gets a bad rap, but my mother in law makes amazingly moist fruitcake and I love it! Yours looks fabulous!

  • That does look like a good fruit cake!!

  • Dorothy:

    I make one very similar to this and everyone absolutely loves it, even if they don’t like regular fruitcakes. My recipe calls for 3 Tablespoons (correct) vanilla instead of lemon juice, and 1 pound box of brown sugar,1 teaspoon baking powder..no almonds. You let the batter set for a few hours before baking 3hrs and 15 min to 3.5 hours at 225 degrees. These freeze quite well too! It should set about 20 min before removing from pan. I am going to make sure I try this version next!! Since these can be pricey to make, I buy the fruit after Christmas (after it is discounted) and freeze till the next year.

  • I LOVE FRUIT CAKE SO MUCH NOW I EAT IT EVERY CHRISTMAS I USE TO NOT EAT FRUIT CAKE BUT I DO NOW IT IS SO GOOD

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