Rum Glazed Fruit Cake Banana Bread

by Erin

Everyone will love this banana bread turned fruit cake for the holidays! Complete with a rum glaze drizzle on top.

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Unpopular opinion: I love fruit cake. But to clarify, I love my dad’s fruit cake. In fact, most people who hate fruit cake enjoy my dad’s version. It’s not the overpowering brick that most people think of as fruit cake. But I am not here to talk about that version.

Since 2020 was the year of all the bread baking, including lots of banana bread, I decided to made a banana bread version of fruit cake!

Fruit Cake Banana Bread topped with a Rum Glaze

It’s everything you love about banana bread with festive flair – moist, not overly sweet, flavorful, and packed with candied fruits and nuts. I am actually surprised I did not come up with this idea sooner.

The combination of banana bread and fruit cake was basically meant to be. So if you also are a fruit cake hater but love banana bread, maybe you should give this one a try!

Rum Glazed Fruit Cake Banana Bread Sliced

This is actually my last recipe to share in 2020. I almost didn’t share it, but after doing a treat exchange with two friends I was asked if the recipe was on my blog. Figured I’d give the people what they want now rather than making them wait (and forget) a year from now.

However, I do have a friend gust posting tomorrow for a festive cocktail to get you through the rest of 2020, so stay tuned! Then all that’s left is the Best of 2020 recap post! What were you favorites of the year? A lot of old posts from years past popped up this year so I may have to revise the list a little this year to include those as well.

Banana Bread with Candied Fruit Pecans and Rum Glaze

Five years ago: Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria

Eight years ago: Christmas Magic Cookie Bars

Nine years ago: Christmas Recipe Roundup (2011)

Ten years ago: Pizza Tart

Rum Glazed Fruit Cake Banana Bread Loaf #thespiffycookie #fruitcake #bananabread


Yield: 1 loaf Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup diced candied fruit blend
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp spiced rum (or more milk)


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine mashed bananas with melted butter and sugars, mixing well. Add the egg and beat well.
  3. Stir in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until incorporated. Then, gently fold in the fruit and nuts. Be careful not to over mix!
  4. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs (but no batter).
  5. Allow to cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To make the glaze, in a small bowl whisk the powdered sugar, milk, and rum together until smooth, adding more powdered sugar or milk to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over cool bread and let set before slicing and serving.
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Source: Adapted from my Banana Peanut Butter Cup Muffins.

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Dad December 23, 2020 - 8:03 am

Thanks for the positive comments on my fruitcake. Your fruitcake banana bread looks good. I will send you a photo of the ginger bread house Sherrill and I made. Nothing great but not bad for two unartistic old people.

Erin December 23, 2020 - 9:06 am

Your fruit cake is currently the top recipe on my blog, people are clearly loving it and making it for the holiday! And I actually saw it, Sherrill posted it on FB. Looked as good as ours (I’ll email you)!


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