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American Christmas Fruit Cake

-Submitted by Dahlia on 20th Dec 2013

(Christmas Fruit Cake, American Fruit Cake, Christmas Cake, Dense Fruit Cake)

Fruit Cake is a very rich cake made with lots of candied fruits, dried fruits and nuts. The richness and sweetness of the cake, the candied and dried fruits is well balanced with the subtle flavor of the spices added, making it the best cake for special occasions. The American Fruit Cake is a dense cake compared to the fruit cake from other parts of the world and is loaded with candied fruits and nuts. It is made especially around the holiday season with red and green candied fruits. It is also made for weddings. It is usually served without frosting.

Fruit cake has its own variations in other countries. I have already shared my recipe for Indian Fruit Cake which is also called Kerala Plum Cake. The Indian fruit cake has a deeper color and a stronger spice flavor. It is little more spongy and less dense as compared to the American one.

Today I would like to share the recipe for the American Christmas Fruit Cake. This cake is either loved very much or hated i.e. people who love this can't stop eating it. Those who hate it often ridicule this cake. Most of my family members and friends fall in the first category and just love this cake. I personally never enjoyed it until I made it at home myself. Yes! to my surprise, the flavor of fresh homemade fruitcake is unbelievable. You get to control the quality and quantity of ingredients you add. I love almonds and cherries and added more of it. Ever since I have been making this cake every year. It is an awesome gift to give away for the holidays or to enjoy with your family. The recipe is unbelievably simple. Here you go..

American Christmas Fruit Cake


  • All Purpose Flour (Maida) - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 1 cup
  • Eggs - 4
  • Baking Powder - 1 tsp
  • Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp
  • Ground Nutmeg - 1 tsp

Fruits and Nuts

You need 5 cups total of chopped dried fruits and nuts. You can use any of the following depending on your taste and availability.

  • Tutti-Fruitti
  • Dates
  • Candied Cherries
  • Candied Pineapples
  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans


  1. Take all the dried fruits and nuts in a large mixing bowl.

    American Dense Fruit Cake Steps

  2. Sieve the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into this. Toss it.

    American Dense Fruit Cake Steps

  3. Take the egg in a separate bowl and beat it. Add the sugar and vanilla essence to this.

    American Dense Fruit Cake Steps

  4. Add this to the dry ingredients. Mix it thoroughly. This may take some effort and time as the cake batter is very thick.

    American Dense Fruit Cake Steps

  5. Prepare your cake pan by greasing it with butter all over and dusting with some dry flour. If the cake pan is non stick or silicone, then you can skip this step.

    American Dense Fruit Cake Steps

  6. Add the cake batter to the pan and press it to make the top even.

    American Dense Fruit Cake Steps

  7. Bake it in a preheated 250 degree F (120 degree C) oven for about 2 hours. Check with an inserted tooth pick after 1.5 hours and remove it as soon as it comes out clean.

    American Dense Fruit Cake Steps

  8. Let the cake cool completely before you remove it from the pan. Make and enjoy this fruit cake for this Christmas.

American Christmas Fruit Cake

Serving Suggestion

  • Cut the fruit cake into slices using serrated knife. Serve a slice of the cake as a snack with a cup of warm milk or as a dessert.

American Christmas Fruit Cake

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Comments (17)

Person Ram   (November 29, 2015)
thank you. i made the cake basis your recipe and it turned out perfectly fine. since i had a small OTG, it took me around 1 hour 10 mins for the cake.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (December 16, 2015)
Thats nice. Thanks for sharing.
Person Bharti   (January 29, 2015)
Hey .... What else can I use in place of egg??
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (January 30, 2015)
Hi Bharathi, Please google for eggless fruit cake recipe. For baking you have to follow a recipe exactly. I haven't tried the eggless version yet. I'll surely post as soon as I try it.
Person Vijay Kumar   (January 13, 2015)
Hey no butter or margarine required for this cake
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (January 26, 2015)
Not needed.
Person vsk   (February 2, 2014)
Can I bake it in microwave if yes what would be the temperature and time
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (February 3, 2014)
I haven't tried in the microwave... So sorry I can't help..
Person Divya   (January 19, 2017)
For microwave keep for 2min
Person amruta   (December 31, 2013)
Waw amazing cake yaar.......................
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (January 4, 2014)
Thank You.
Person samreen   (December 9, 2013)
I like this cake
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (December 10, 2013)
Thank You.
Person surendran   (December 4, 2013)
Yes it is yummy, inside my mouth it is gummy.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (December 4, 2013)
Thank You.
Person Sowmya   (September 7, 2012)
Really Yummy!!!!!!!
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (December 4, 2013)
Thank You.

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