Recipe summary

Hands-on time:
25 mins. to 30 mins.
Baking time:
50 mins. to 1 hrs 20 mins.
Total time:
1 hrs 10 mins. to 1 hrs 50 mins.
Yield:
Two standard loaves, or an indeterminate number of smaller gift loaves, depending on size
Overnight
Use your favorite dried fruits, plus candied cherries and nuts, in this light-gold, mildly flavored cake. Or use the fruit/nut combination suggested below.
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Fruit

  • 2 cups raisins: golden, jumbo, or your favorite type of raisins
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 cup candied lemon peel
  • 1 3/4 cups candied red cherries
  • 3/4 cup brandy, rum, or whiskey; or apple juice, plus extra to brush over the cakes when they come out of the oven

Cake

Directions

  1. 1) To prepare the fruit: Combine the dried fruit (except for the candied cherries) with liquid in a bowl. Cover and let the mixture steep overnight.
  2. 2) Preheat the oven to 300°F. Lightly grease the loaf pans of your choice: two 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pans OR five 7" wooden bakers OR six 7" paper bake & give pans.
  3. 3) To prepare the cake: In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, corn syrup, baking powder, salt, and flavors.
  4. 4) Beat in the eggs one at time.
  5. 5) Stir in the flour alternately with the milk.
  6. 6) Add the undrained fruit, the candied cherries, and the nuts.
  7. 7) Spoon the batter into the lightly greased baking pans, filling them three-quarters full.
  8. 8) Bake the cakes for 50 to 80 minutes, depending on the size of the pans; smaller pans will bake for the shorter length of time. When done, the cakes will be a light golden brown all over, and a cake tester inserted into the center will come out clean.
  9. 9) Remove the cakes from the oven. Brush with brandy or the liquor of your choice while warm.
  10. 10) When completely cooled, wrap well and let rest at least 24 hours (or for up to a month, brushing with liquor or flavored syrup weekly), before serving.

Tips from our bakers

  • To bake this cake in a Bundt pan: Grease a 9- to 12-cup capacity (9" to 10 1/2") Bundt pan and prepare the cake batter according to the recipe instructions. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, filling it to 1" of the rim of the pan. Bake the cake in a preheated 300F oven for 70 to 80 minutes, depending on its capacity. Remove the cake from the oven, wait 10 minutes, then loosen the edges with a spatula and turn it out onto a rack. Brush the warm cake all over with simple syrup, brandy, or the liquor of your choice, if desired.

    NOTE: This recipe yields about 10 1/2 cups of batter, so if you're baking in a smaller Bundt pan you'll have leftover batter to bake in a pan of your choice. We like to use a standard muffin pan or our mini loaf paper baking pans, which can be baked alongside your Bundt for 30 to 40 minutes.