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Golden Fruitcake: The Best Holiday-Fruitcake-Recipe Ever

Updated on August 23, 2017

Golden Fruitcake

This is not your grandmother's fruitcake. It's not dense. It's not dark. It's not your typical toss-it-as-soon-as-you-get-it fruitcake or turn around and give it to someone else. No. It's not that fruitcake.

This is moist and buttery, light and scrumptious with a cup of tea or a glass of sherry.

NOTE: I've folded that page a gazillion times and it's all wrinkly and creased but I wanted to include the picture because I didn't make mine in a mold and I think the mold is the way to go.

The Top Five Reasons Golden Fruitcake is the Best Holiday-Fruitcake-Recipe

  • It's not your grandmother's fruitcake
  • It's buttery and light and just delicious!
  • It's got brandy in it! Or Cognac, if you'd like it to be extra special.
  • It smells delicious and it's pretty baked in a decorative mold.
  • It's got California Golden Raisins in it.

Golden Fruitcake - The Recipe

I found this recipe in a magazine many years ago. It was an advertisement for California Golden Raisins and it looked a lot like a special Christmas cake that we had as children. So I tried it and it was a huge hit with my family and friends. Here's the recipe: (And this is a picture of my fruitcake)

1-1/2 cups butter

2 cups sugar

6 eggs, separated

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon brandy extract

(or 3/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup brandy)

1 teaspoon vanilla

3-1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups golden raisins

1 cup chopped, dried apricots

1/2 cup chopped candied orange peel

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts


Beat butter until light and creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until smooth. Beat egg yolks together lightly and add.

Combine milk, brandy and vanilla. Mix flour and salt together. Alternately add milk mix and flour mix to butter mix. Fold in fruit and nuts.

Beat egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff but not dry. Fold whites into batter gently but thoroughly. Pour mixture into two buttered and floured six cup molds.

Bake at 275 degrees for 2-1/2 hours or until they test done.

Cool. Unmold.

The Recipe Source

It really is The-Best-Holiday-Fruitcake-Recipe-Ever.

About 15 years ago I found this advertisement in a holiday magazine. It's to promote California Golden Raisins. I tore the page out of the magazine and promptly made the recipe. It was so delicious I couldn't believe it. Almost pound cake-like. Only better.

I've Googled California Golden Raisins and cannot find the source of this recipe although there are other recipes for Golden Fruitcake.

I've made this often as holiday gifts and have happily shared the recipe each time someone asks for it.

This fruitcake reminds me of a Christmas cake that we had when I was a small child in Ireland. I don't know what it was called but it was frosted with a wonderful marzipan icing. Try this special recipe this holiday season. I know you'll be glad you did.

It really is The Best Holiday Fruitcake Recipe Ever.

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Fruitcake Feedback

If you've ever had a taste of this, you'll agree that it IS the best. If you've never, ever tasted this recipe, you should do yourself a favor and make it!

Then decide whether or not you want the entire cake for yourself or if you'll give it as a gift. I'm betting you'll end up making several!

Do you like fruitcake?

How to Make Homemade Holiday Food Gifts

Please let me know what you think about fruitcake - any kind of fruitcake!

Thanks for stopping by my Holiday Fruitcake page

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @Tarra99: Well, thanks, Kat...it IS tasty, as a matter of fact!

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      Mmmmm yum yum yum...looks tasty! ...great recipe lens...thanks for sharing...and thank you for visiting my Chili recipe lens...I appreciate your comments as always! Kat

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @Twmarsh: You are sort of right :-). Some fruitcakes (like this) have had a bad rap This is DELISH!

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      Twmarsh 7 years ago

      I've always thought fruitcake has gotten a bum rap. When it's make right it can be quite good. Nice looking recipe here!

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      Julie and Horse & Pony...I'm so late in acknowledging your visits and kind comments. My apologies. I just HAVE to get my ducks in a row!! So thank you, both, for taking the time to visit and comment. Big Hugs!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      I am always looking for a good recipe for fruitcake. I just can not seem to do as good of a job as the monks.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Well, tell me ... who doesn't love fruitcake?

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      I love these ever project lenses. I would normally say I HATE fruitcake. I laughed so hard when I read your intro... "This is not your grandmother's fruitcake. It's not dense. It's not dark. It's not your typical toss-it-as-soon-as-you-get-it fruitcake or turn around and give it to someone else." These were my exact fruitcake feelings. I just had no idea how to express them. Now that I see your fruitcake recipe I think I am warming up to the Holiday Horror, I mean fruitcake. :)

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      Well, bless your heart! I think there must have been a really horrible fruitcake recipe at one time and it gave all fruitcakes a bad name. [in reply to kab]

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I don't know why people pick on fruitcake like they do. I like it.