No Bake Fruit Cake


No Bake Fruit Cake is made with Graham Cracker Crumbs, 2 types of nuts, orange juice, 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 whole as is or cut into individual slices and wrapped separately.


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 or prefer.

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


Another idea is to purchase a brand new loaf pan to fit the size of the cake you have just made and present the cake inside of the new shiny pan in pretty packaging.

Clear cellophane paper would be lovely.


If you are presenting the No Bake Fruit Cake as a gift you might want to decorate the top with pieces of the colorful fruits or whole half nuts and whole maraschino cherries.


Ideas are endless.

No Bake Fruit Cake 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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No Bake Fruitcake


  • 1 box (about 4 cups) crushed graham crackers

  • 1/2 pound pecans, chopped

  • 1/2 pound walnuts, chopped

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 fresh coconut grated grated*

  • coconut water from fresh coconut**

*Makes about 4-5 cups grated coconut.


**Makes about 1/2 cup drained coconut water.


Can substitute store bought packaged non-sweetened coconut for the fresh coconut.


Can also substitute store bought canned coconut milk or coconut water for the fresh coconut water.


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