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Golden Fruitcake: The Best Holiday-Fruitcake-Recipe Ever

Updated on April 21, 2016

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?

Yes I do like fruitcake, but I'm picky about the recipe.

Yes I do like fruitcake, but I'm picky about the recipe.

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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I also have been making this fruitcake every year since finding the recipe in Dec 1983 Metropolitan Home magazine.... Along with the golden raisin I make sure to use California slab apricots. Originally from a local orchard but now from Trader Joe's. YUM

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I also had this recipe for years from a magazine. It was folded and wrinkled and pretty beat up. I lost it when we moved last year. Thank you for posting the recipe. It is the best fruitcake ever.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I am so,so glad you posted this recipe. I can't find my copy (also much creased and loved) and I wanted to make one for my Mom for Valentine's Day. She loves this cake. I love this cake.

      The Holidays at our home are not complete without it.

      You are a lifesaver,

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a fantastic recipe. I saved that same golden raisin ad, but lost it over the years, so thanks for posting it here. Love it!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      This is exactly the same recipe I have; I couldn't remember where I'd gotten it, but I expect the same advertisement you did. It's delicious.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      This is the recipe my mom always made and my copy is wrinkly too and much copied. All who try this cake consider it tobe the best they've ever had. I absolutely agree!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      This is similar to the best "white" fruitcake I made years ago, found the recipe in an old Woman's Day magazine. It was so good, it didn't last too long. That one included slivered almonds and the apricot glaze, as another poster noted. I think some candied cherries too, for a little color. I'm going to try your recipe, thanks for posting it!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I love this one.. when they come out of the oven I brush them with either orange marmalade or apricot preserves whichever I have on hand... I make a batch of 2 big loaf pans and then use the rest of the batter in mini muffin pans and when cooled "dot" each one with a halved candied cherry. They add a festive touch to the holiday cookie plate!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      This recipe rocks! I make it for my sister every year. Goes down well sliced thin and consumed with a nice glass of champagne.

    I wouldn't eat fruitcake if you paid me a million dollars.

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      • marie martin 8 months ago

        Wow! I thought I was the only person who had saved this old recipe. Love the old LHJ and McCall's recipes.

      • Cheryl Kohan 2 years ago from Minnesota

        I will definitely have to try your version with the cherries and almonds! Sounds so good. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Alison B. 2 years ago

        I also found this recipe in Family Circle magazine in 1983 or 1984, tried it, and have been making it every year but one since! My Dad, 87, says he did not really care for his mother's fruitcake, but sure likes this one. Last year I tried it with dried cherries and almonds in place of the apricots and walnuts Also rave reviews... ALWAYS candy my orange peel a day or two before. We also splash some brandy over it once wrapped in a little cheesecloth for the Grandma's touch...Yes, I forgot what hiding place I used last year, too!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Haven't tried it yet. But it seems I have been looking for this recipe to make for my son-in-law. When I worked in San Diego, there was a bakery that make a golden fruitcake, which I would buy for him every Christmas. He loved it. I think this is it!! Thanks!

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          kab 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

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

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          Cheryl Kohan 7 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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          HorseAndPony LM 7 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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          julieannbrady 7 years ago

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

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 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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          Cheryl Kohan 6 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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          Twmarsh 6 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 6 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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          Tarra99 6 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 6 years ago from Minnesota

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

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