No Bake Fruit Cake

No Bake Fruit Cake made with Graham Cracker Crumbs, nuts, orange juice, nuts, candied fruits and honey. This is one of our best old fashioned  fruitcakes for Christmas.

It is very moist and delicious. It can be eaten immediately or stored in the refrigerator.

We have been making this cake since the 1970's, when I entered it in the Guilford County Fair "Fruit Cake Contest" in Greensboro, North Carolina, and won first place, a Blue Ribbon.

Mix it up and pat the mixture into different size loaf pans, whatever you have on hand and prefer.

For gifting, wrap in some festive foil, or plastic wrap, tie on a pretty bow, add a name tag and you are done!

Fruitcake Recipe

  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon mace
  • 1 lb. mixed candied fruits and peels
  • 8 oz. pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups light raisins
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dissolve gelatin in orange juice over boiling water. Set aside

Mix together all other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Pour orange juice over mixture and mix well.

Pat mixture into loaf pans which have been lined with plastic wrap. Pack down well and chill several hours or overnight until firm.

Do not leave out of refrigerator for long periods of time. Give this instruction to gift recipients.


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