Fruitcake Recipe


Fruitcake Recipe produces a moist old-fashioned fruit cake made with bananas, nuts and other fruits that you have on hand everyday.


Also included is  a recipe for a spicy and unique Japanese Fruitcake.

No need to wait for Christmas to enjoy a Fruitcake Recipe.

Most fruitcakes are prepared a few weeks in advance to allow them to be soaked in alcohol such as rum or sherry.

This practice makes them moist, improves the flavor and acts as a preservative.

Moisture is provided in this cake batter with the addition of bananas and apples, plus the top glaze, so it can be eaten immediately.

However, the flavors improve if allowed to set as suggested below.

Fruitcake Recipe


  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 cups flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

  • 1/4 cup light rum

  • 2 cups peeled, finely chopped apples

  • 2 cups chopped bananas

  • 1 cups chopped pecan

  • 1/2 cup chopped dates

Beat eggs, sugars, and vanilla in mixing bowl until mixed well.

Stir together flour, soda, salt, and spices.

Add to egg mixture alternately with oil.


Stir in rum.

Fold in fruits and nuts.

Pour into a greased and floured tube pan.

Bake in a preheated oven 350 F. 1 hour.

Fruitcake Glaze


  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1/3 cup apple juice

  • 1/4 cup light rum

Mix all together until smooth.

Pour on cake immediately after baking.

Let stand in pan 5 minutes before removing.

Cake tastes best if allowed to stand at room temperature overnight before serving. foof


The following Japanese Fruitcake Recipe is an old fashioned recipe dating back to the middle ages. 


It is quite different from the majority of fruitcakes you find during the holidays.


That difference, without the traditional candied and dried fruits and peels, makes this cake a special dessert for celebrations other than Christmas.


I first learned about this cake in the early 1960s when my husband's family from South Eastern North Carolina would send it to him every Christmas.


It was the only dessert my in-laws made that I can think of that I didn't like.


I discovered that it was the strong spicy taste and smell of ground cloves I didn't like.


So, I don't use that spice in this cake recipe as most folks do.


I also use mace instead of nutmeg which lends a milder, fresher taste in my opinion.

Japanese Fruitcake recipe


  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1  teaspoon ground mace

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 cup whole milk


Sift together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.


Measure ground mace, ground cinnamon and allspice and set aside.


Using low speed on mixer, cream butter about 30 seconds to soften.


Stir in vanilla extract.


Turn mixer to medium speed and add sugar a little at a time beating well after each addition.


Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition.


Scrape down sides and bottom and turn mixer to high speed and beat 1 minute.


Divide batter in half, leaving 1/2 in mixing bowl.


Pour 1/2 batter equally into two 8" prepared cake pans (have been lined with parchment paper and greased with butter and sprinkled lightly with flour).


To the second 1/2 batter, add spices and mix 30 seconds on medium speed.l


Gently, fold in chopped raisins until they are evenly mixed.


Gently, fold in chopped pecans until they are evenly mixed.


Pour the remaining batter in 2 more 8" prepared cake pans.


Smooth tops of batter with spatula or back of tablespoon.


Bake in a preheated 350F. 20-25 minutes or until tests done when probed with a cake tester or toothpick.


Remove from oven and cool on cooling race for 10 minutes.


Run a thin knife around the edges to loosen cake.


Invert the cake on to a cooling rack and let cool completely before putting the filling on.

Cake Filling For
Japanese Fruitcake Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 1/2 cup water, room temperature*

  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 3 1/2 cups flaky coconut*

  • *If available, coconut water and freshly grated coconut is best.

Place cornstarch in bottom of small sauce pan.


Add a little water at a time while stirring the cornstarch in so it doesn't lump or if it does you can stir the lumps out.


Stir in lemon juice and vanilla extract.


Place saucepan on medium heat and drop= in butter and let melt.


Fold in coconut and stir until mixture coats a spoon and is a pudding consistency.


Takes 5-8 minutes, depending on your store and saucepan.


Remove from heat and let cool to warm temperature.


Place a layer of spiced cake upside down on cake plate and top with 1/4 of filling.


Place a yellow layer on filling, top side up.


Smooth on 1/4 of filling, then add another spiced layer, top side up.


Add another yellow layer and top it with filling.


Then add the final layer of spiced cake and rest of filling.


Smooth out and let cake and warm filling set for an hour or so.


Wrap thoroughly cooled cake loosely with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator a few days to let flavors meld before serving.


Related Pages


No bake Fruit Cake Recipe


Pumpkin Role Cake Recipe


Orange Slice Cake Recipe


Plum Pudding  Recipe


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