Grandma’s Fruitcake Recipe!


Fruitcake gets poo poo’d, I’m not sure why… I’m pretty sure this one will change your mind! This is a recipe that my Grandma Fidler used to make, and I still remember the wonderful smell of it! Then the recipe magically appeared in a Christmas card from my aunt. What a cool idea to share my grandma’s famous fruitcake recipe with us all! I made it and it was so delicious I cannot tell you! She brushed on brandy (several times) after baking, and wrapped in brown paper. That part isn’t on the recipe, so wing it if you like, or don’t do it at all… it’s good either way! First the recipe… and then the images to show you how easy it really is! Click HERE to print the recipe minus the photos…

Grandma’s Fruit Cake

Ingredients – (Yield: Makes 2- 9” loaves)

1 ½ cups Raisins 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 ½ cups Chopped Dates 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
2 Cups Sugar 1 teaspoon Ground Cloves
2 cups Boiling Water 1 teaspoon Salt
5 Tablespoons Shortening 1 cup Chopped Nuts
3 cups All Purpose Flour 1 cup Candied Fruit
2 Eggs


In a large saucepan add the boiling water and stir in the raisins, chopped dates, sugar and shortening. Bring contents to boil and then let simmer gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place cooked mixture in cool place until thoroughly cooled.

After the boil...
After the boil…

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl add Flour, Baking Soda, Cinnamon, Ground Cloves and Salt.

Mix together dry ingredients...
Mix together dry ingredients…

Blend together then add eggs.

Add cooled fruit mixture...

Add egg...
Add eggs…

Stir in the cooled mixture adding the chopped nuts and candied fruit last.

DSCN1442Divide into 2 well-greased and floured large loaf pans (9”x3”x3” deep) and bake for approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. Use toothpick near end of baking time to check center of loaf. Cooking times vary. (My grandma also had a note on her recipe to put water in a pie dish and place in the oven, this keeps the fruitcake moist by keeping the air moist!)


Ready for the oven!
Ready for the oven!

Do you smell that yummy goodness filling your house? Ahhhh, this is wonderful!

Ta da!
Ta da!

Note: Cooking time varies with size of loaf pan, a medium (8×3”) bakes approximately 1 hour and mini loaf pans (5 ½ x 3”) bake approximately 45 minutes.

Hope you enjoy!!


O N E   Y E A R   A G O…       Featured Artist… Eric Aho!

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