Sure, we sing about fruitcake and consider it a festive treat… but it often gets a bad rap in the taste department. Trust us, though. This truly is a Really Good Fruitcake! How could you not love a moist, vanilla cake filled with sweet, candied fruits and crunchy walnuts? Plus, it’s a Christmas classic that has been around for many years. Eating it basically makes you a part of some yummy history. And this recipe makes a lot so you can ensure everyone partakes! Doesn’t it taste good to keep the tradition going? Really Good Fruitcake brings the magic of the holidays with every slice!

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  • 1 (8-ounce) package mixed candied fruit, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups golden raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature


Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.

Step 2 –Grease four 9×5-inch loaf pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Grease the parchment paper.

Step 3 –In a small bowl, toss the candied fruit, the raisins, and the walnuts in 1/2 cup of the flour.

Step 4 –In a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.

Step 5 –Add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter mixture, beating well after each addition.

Step 6 –Gradually beat the remaining flour into the butter mixture.

Step 7 –Fold the fruit mixture into the batter.

Step 8 –Divide the batter between the 4 prepared pans.

Step 9 –Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50-60 minutes.

Step 10 –Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes.

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Step 11 –Transfer the cakes to wire racks to cool completely.

Step 12 –Slice and serve.