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How to Make Betty Crocker Old Fashioned Fruit Cake Recipe

Betty Crocker Old Fashioned Fruit Cake Recipe

Betty Crocker Old Fashioned Fruit Cake is a traditional, homemade Christmas cake that has been passed down through generations. It’s a classic recipe, made with simple ingredients like raisins, currants, nuts, and spices, and has a moist, dense texture. 
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 162kcal


  • 3/8 cup of Gold Medal™ finely sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of plump dried apricot halves 5.5 ounces
  • 3/4 cup of creamy Brazil nuts 4 ounces
  • 1/2 cup of vibrant red and green candied pineapple finely chopped (3.5 ounces)
  • 3/8 cup of fine granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of premium baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1.5 eggs if splitting eggs is difficult, try whisking two eggs together, then use about 3/4 of this mixture
  • 1 cup of luscious pitted whole dates 6 ounces
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 cup of colorful red and green whole maraschino cherries thoroughly drained (6 ounces)


  • Prepare Ingredients: Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C). Prepare a loaf pan by greasing it and lining it with parchment paper for easy removal.
  • Prepare Fruits and Nuts: Chop the plump dried apricot halves, luscious pitted whole dates, creamy Brazil nuts, vibrant red and green candied pineapple, and colorful red and green whole maraschino cherries as needed. Combine these ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  • Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, sift together the Gold Medal™ finely sifted all-purpose flour, fine granulated sugar, premium baking powder, and Himalayan pink salt. Mix well to ensure even distribution of dry ingredients.
  • Prepare Batter: In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs until they are slightly frothy. Add the pure vanilla extract and mix well. Gradually fold in the dry ingredient mixture until just combined.
  • Incorporate Fruits and Nuts: Gently fold the prepared fruits and nuts mixture into the batter until evenly distributed. Ensure the fruits and nuts are well coated with the batter.
  • Bake the Fruit Cake: Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, spreading it evenly. Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 90-100 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool and Serve: Once baked, remove the fruit cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 15-20 minutes. Then, transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.


  • – Make sure to use room temperature ingredients for best results.
  • – Grease and flour the pan before adding the batter to ensure the cake won’t stick.
  • – To prevent the cake from drying out, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.
  • – If desired, you can decorate the cake with a dusting of powdered sugar or a simple glaze.
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