Fruit Cake Recipe

Buttery Fruit Cake

This buttery pound cake, filled with candied fruit, is especially nice during the holiday season.

20 min. prep time
30 servings
555 Ratings


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 teapoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups candied fruit mix
1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Heat oven to 350°F.   Grease and flour 6 mini (5 3/4x3-inch) loaf pans; set aside.

Combine 1 1/4 cups flour and all remaining ingredients except candied fruit and walnuts in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Stir in remaining 1 cup flour, candied fruit and nuts.

Divide evenly among prepared pans. Bake 45-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely.

Recipe Tip

Two greased and floured 8x4-inch loaf pans can be substituted for mini loaf pans. Bake 50-60 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 130

Fat: 7g

Cholesterol: 35mg

Sodium: 70mg

Carbohydrates: 15g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 2g

Recipe #1654©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Instead of candied fruit, I used remnants of various homemade preserves, peach, plum and pear. I also substituted pecans for walnuts. Awesome!
I use only the candied cherries and candied pineapple in this cake with the walnuts. I also make a version where I add chopped dates and cut-up orange slice candies, tossed in sugar, and walnuts. This is a must requested recipe and the date/orange cake is really amazing. I've been making this since it was first published, as Evangeline posted.
Actually, I would give this recipe 10 stars! I've made this cake for the past 15 or so years since the recipe was first published in an LOL digest-sized cookbook. This cake literally melts in your mouth! The idea to add cream cheese was a real stroke of genius! As pecans are preferred in my part of the country, I substitute them for walnuts. To make an otherwise delectable cake irresistible, I also add coconut. People ask me every Christmas to make them some of this fruitcake. It is, indeed, THAT good. :)
Everyone that I gave this Fruit Cake to, wanted more. My husband likes traditional fruitcake, but doesn't want it any more, only this recipe.
I used mixed candied fruit and nuts in this recipe it is great to gave for the holidays.

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