Cranberry Fruitcake

    4 hours 30 minutes

    Like all the best fruitcakes this one is best made in advance as the flavours only improve with the weeks.

    1 person made this

    Serves: 16 

    • 3 1/2 cups (440g) sifted plain flour
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 1/4 cups raisins
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    • 375g dried apricots, chopped
    • 250g glace cherries, halved
    • 125g candied lemon peel
    • 125g candied orange peel
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) orange juice
    • 1 cup cranberry sauce
    • 375g copha
    • 2 1/2 cups (375g) packed light brown sugar
    • 5 eggs
    • 1 1/2 cups chopped cranberries

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:4hours  ›  Ready in:4hours30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees C. Grease and flour a 23cm ring tin. Line with baking paper and grease the paper.
    2. In a medium bowl sift flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cloves together. Add raisins, pecans, apricots, cherries, lemon and orange peels. Toss to mix.
    3. In a small bowl beat the orange juice and cranberry sauce together until smooth. Set aside.
    4. In a large bowl, beat copha, brown sugar and eggs together until fluffy. Add flour mixture alternately with the orange juice mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. Stir in dried cranberries just until the ingredients are well blended.
    5. Turn batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until the cake is golden brown. Cool cake in the pan. Remove from the pan and remove the paper. Store the cooled cake several weeks in a covered container to mellow flavours. May also wrap in brandy, whisky or rum-soaked cheese cloth before storing in a covered container. If desired, garnish with orange slices and cranberries.

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    I am not a huge fruitcake fan myself, but a close friend is and I gave this recipe to her. She insisted that I try some of the cake, and she raved abotu the exceptional taste and flavor. To me, the cake tasted the same as all the other fruitcakes I had encountered. I think that if you are really a fruitcake lover and are looking for a wonderful recipe, you've met your match. However, if you really don't like fruitcake, don't expect this recipe to work miracles. This cake is nothing special unless you especially love fruitcake.  -  16 Aug 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Good recipe and instructions. I would make this again. My only suggestion is to put the booze in the cake, rather than just soaking a cheese cloth and wrappu g the cake.  -  05 Dec 2017  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)