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Happy National Fruitcake Month: Bake Your Own Holiday Cake At Home!

Nothing spells Christmas better than a fragrant loaf of fruit cake teeming with all the delicious flavors of the season!

 

Our Favorite Holiday Fruitcake (Simply Recipes)

Simply Recipes has a fabulous Holiday baked goods recipe aptly called Our Favorite Holiday Fruitcake. This cake is packed with delicious flavors of dates, raisins, glazed cherries, chopped walnuts and orange zest. This is such a hearty cake perfect for any Holiday celebration.

"Fabulous holiday fruitcake! With dates, raisins, walnuts, glazed cherries, and orange zest. Perfect for Christmas celebrations." 

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped glazed cherries (can sub dried sweetened cranberries)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (divided into 1/4 cup and 1 3/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • Grated rind of one orange
  • 1 teaspoon salt

via Our Favorite Holiday Fruitcake (Simply Recipes)

 

Grand Marnier Orange Fruit Cake (Wendy in KK)

Wendy in KK has a great recipe called Grand Marnier Orange Fruit Cake in her blog, Table For 2... Or More. This is a good treat to make if your family isn't fond of rum or brandy-flavored baked goodies. This one is flavored with Grand Marnier and is a lot lighter and more citrus version of the Holiday classic.

Ingredients:

  • 150g cherries
  • 100g currants
  • 100g golden raisins
  • 100g black raisins
  • 100ml fresh orange juice
  • 100ml Grand Marnier
  • orange zest
  • 250g butter
  • 150g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g all purpose flour
  • 100ml Grand Marnier

via Grand Marnier Orange Fruit Cake (Wendy in KK)

 

Fruitcake Alcohol Free (Munaty Cooking)

Many kids (and some adults) aren't fond of fruitcake because of its bitter flavor owed to rum or brandy. Give your family a chance to better appreciate this Holiday treat by whipping up a loaf of this Fruitcake Alcohol Free from Munaty Cooking. Though it's sans alcohol, all the dried and candied fruits in this recipe still make it a flavorful treat.

"Fruitcake – Alcohol Free, a kid-friendly cake that you can have the same day you bake it. Tastes just like the authentic fruitcake (maybe even better!). This cake is moist and stays moist for days, in fact, its flavor keeps getting better with time."

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves powder
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup candied and chopped mixed peel
  • 1/3 cup chopped candied cherries
  • 1/3 cup mixed nuts you can add more if you wish

via Fruitcake Alcohol Free (Munaty Cooking)

 

Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip: 

Never forget to soak the fruit ahead of time. This will make the cake moist and the flavors full.

 



Make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.

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