Chunky Dried Fruit Cake


This fruitcake recipe features a delicious mix of nuts, apricots, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, and pitted whole dates.

Chunky Dried Fruit Cake
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Cool Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs


  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • cup butter-flavored shortening

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • cup orange juice

  • 1 ¼ cup Brazil nuts, coarsely chopped

  • ¾ cup blanched whole almonds

  • 1 cup pecan halves

  • 1 cup dried apricots, halved (7 oz.)

  • 1 cup dried cherries (6 oz.)

  • ¾ cup dried blueberries

  • ¾ cup dried cranberries

  • ¾ cup pitted whole dates, halved (4 oz.)

  • Brandy or orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan; set aside. In extra-large bowl beat butter and shortening with electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in almond extract. Alternately beat in flour and orange juice, beating on low speed after each addition until just combined. Stir in nuts and fruits until combined. Spoon batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly.

  2. Bake for 1-1/4 hours, or until a wooden skewer inserted in cake comes out clean. To prevent over-browning, cover cake with foil during last 15 to 20 minutes of baking. Cool in pan on wire rack 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on rack.

  3. Wrap cake in cheesecloth soaked in brandy or orange juice. Wrap cloth-wrapped cake in foil; refrigerate overnight. Store in refrigerator up to month, moistening cheesecloth with additional brandy or juice once a week. Makes 20 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

396 Calories
21g Fat
45g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 396
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 124mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 2.4mg 12%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 2.5mg 14%
Potassium 311mg 7%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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