Grandma’s Old Fashioned Fruitcake Recipe

Whether you’re making treats for the home or giving it away, this old fashioned fruitcake recipe is sure to stay with you for ages. Just like grandma made it!

Around Christmas time for most people, this is when we bring out the best in ourselves. Our best behavior, our best gifts, our best attempts to win the ugliest Christmas sweater at your annual office party. With this festive time of year we embrace the occasion with good company and even better food.

In regards to yuletide desserts on any given year, you’re greeted with cookies, pies, cakes and other delicious treats. Another classic however that has survived the test of time is also one that many may not think to always make firsthand.

If you’ve syphoned through your grandmother’s old recipes over the years, then surely you’ve seen at least one mention of the ” world’s best fruitcake ever” by her. It would possibly be hard to see that without taking an exasperated cough and doing a doubletake. These days unfortunately fruitcake has become one of the most scoffed at baked goods in existence when it comes to Christmas treats! 

Luckily this recipe is nothing compared to the fruitcake sold in convenience stores as holiday gifts. This fruit cake is moist, wholesome and rich with flavor.


The good, the better, and the yummy…

The problem with most store bought fruitcakes is that they’re normally very dry (some stale even) and lacking much flavor. In addition to the gummy bear fruit that they put in them these days, you might as well trade it out for a lump of coal!

With this fruitcake however your getting to taste real fruit such as raisins, candied cherries and pineapples. With every bite you get a taste of holiday spirit due to the combining flavors of the fruit and moist cake. This is an all around festive treat for you to deliver to family and guest and one certainly that grandma will be proud you made. 

Grandma’s Old Fashioned Fruitcake Recipe

Main Ingredients: White raisins, walnut meats, green candied cherries, flaked coconut, candied pineapples

Nutrition Facts (1 slice per serving): 149 calories; 4 grams of fat; 28 grams carbohydrates; 15 grams sugar; 1 gram of protein

Best time to eat: During the Christmas/winter holidays (between December 21st and January 1st)

Old Fashioned Grandma's Fruitcake
Yield: 1 Loaf of cake

Old Fashioned Grandma's Fruitcake

Prep Time: 1 day
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 day 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 1 pound white raisins
  • 1 pound walnut meats
  • 1 pound red and green candied cherries 
  • 1 pound flaked coconut
  • 1 pound candied pineapple
  • 2 cups brandy, plus 2 additional ounces
  • 1 pound butter
  • 1 pound sugar
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 pound flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda, dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water


  1. Soak the raisins, walnuts, cherries, coconut and pineapple with 2 cups brandy overnight in a stainless steel bowl.
  2. In a 5 quart mixing bowl cream butter and sugar, then add eggs slowly. Add flour and blend well, then add the baking soda and water and mix a minute more. Add all other ingredients and mix until well blended.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan, line the pan with wax paper or baking paper. Place mixture in the pan and level it with a spoon. Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes, depending on your oven and how brown you want the fruit cake to be.
  4. You will know the cake it done when a pick is placed in the center and it comes out clean. Let it cool on a wire rack for a while and then sprinkle it with 1 ounce of brandy, and then another ounce after that pour is absorbed in the cake.
  5. You can serve after the allotted resting period, or you can pack it for 3 days in your refrigerator before serving.

If baking is your forte for any occasion, be sure to check out more tasty baking ideas on the site. Like this fruitcake, it’s the tasty inspiration that keeps on giving.


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