Mama’s Fruit Cake

This is the only Christmas fruitcake I ever liked, and still is as far as I know. All those fruitcase jokers just don’t know what they’re talking about, or they haven’t tasted this one! Look at the ingredients. What’s not to like?


5 large eggs, well beaten
½ pound butter
1 cup white sugar
1 ¾ cups flour
½ teaspoons baking powder

1 pound glazed cherries
1 pound glazed pineapples
4 cups of coarsely chopped pecans
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons lemon OR almond extract

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add well beaten eggs, and blend into creamed mixture. Chop nuts and fruits and blend together with a small amount of the flour. Sift the balance of the flour and the baking powder together. Fold into eggs and butter mixture; add flavorings and mix well. Fold in the fruit and nuts. Mix well. Pour into paper lined tube pan (or lightly spray the pan with a baking spray like Pam).

Place cake into cold oven and set the temperature to 250 F. Bake for 3 hours. (The house will smell wonderful after a bit.) Cool in pan.

The longer this sits, tightly covered with plastic wrap, the more moist and tasty it gets. Another option, which my mother often did, although I rarely do and actually like it better without, is a daily soaking of the “spirit” of choice (she used bourbon), re-wrap it in cheesecloth (preferably) or foil. Repeat dousing periodically for a lip-smacking good and moist cake.

3 thoughts on “Mama’s Fruit Cake

  1. Hi! This is my mother’s exact fruitcake recipe too!! I was searching the Internet for it because I inherited her cookbooks and found her scribbled recipe on 2 different scraps of paper but they both essentially gave the ingredients but the method was just ” 3 hrs in cold 250 oven.” I wanted to see in what order to add ingredients and came upon your recipe! Thank you!

  2. I’ll be making one today for Thanksgiving. My Mexican hubby and his family had never had anything like this. They love it!

  3. This is fairly similar to the reciepe I had from my Mum and I think it came from my Grandma. I wondered when it had first been printed. Does anyone know?

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