Grandma’s Fruit Cake Recipe

I owe my interest in cooking and baking to my mom and grandma, the 2 most special women in my life! This fruit cake recipe is my grandma’s original recipe, and she and my mom make them every Christmas for friends and family. Enjoy a warm slice with a glass of cold milk.

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Grandma's Fruit Cake
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Type: Dessert
Serves: 6 families
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 lb raisins
  • 2 cups of fruit mix
  • 4 cups sifted flour
  • 2½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • 3 beaten eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 275 ºF.
  2. In a large pot, combine sugar, butter, water, raisins, and fruit mix.
  3. Bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Cool overnight.
  5. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and spices together.
  6. Add alternately with eggs to raisin mixture.
  7. Pour into foil-lined & greased loaf pans until ⅔ full.
  8. Bake at 275 ºF for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  9. Test by sticking toothpick in center (ready if toothpick comes out clean).
  10. Remove from oven and brush twice generously with brandy, once while hot and once when cool.
Makes 4 small and 2 medium cakes



  1. Kyla says:

    Wow this one is a lot like my Grandmothers as well, which was lost when she passed away, fortunately this one is close!

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