15 festive fruitcake recipes

Fruitcake is making a comeback in Canada. Find a new favourite - from rich boozy cakes to lighter, nut-studded cakes - from one of our 15 delicious fruitcake recipes.

By Canadian Living

Great fruitcake recipes
Dark Christmas Cake
Photography by Jeff Coulson/TC Media
Fruitcake's lovingly liquored, glazed, fruit-studded flavours is having a renaissance. Whether you're just learning to love fruitcake, or have always found it irresistible, more and more Canadians are making this classic dessert a treasured part of their holiday traditions.

From rich, decadent chocolate fruitcake to fun fruitcake hermits and bars, find great fruitcake recipes to try below, including nut-free and gluten-free recipes.




Our best fruitcake recipes:

Dark Christmas Cake (pictured above)
To ice cake, double the almond paste and icing in our Tropical White Christmas Cake recipe. See link within recipe.


Chocolate Cherry Fruit Cake
Depart from the tried and true with Elizabeth Baird's dark cake studded with dried cherries. Keep it for a special occasion and serve in thin wedges along with ice cream drizzled with kirsch or chocolate liqueur.


Alison's Dad's Fruitcake
This medium-dark fruitcake is full of nuts, fruit and lovely spices. If desired, unwrap occasionally and brush with more brandy.



Gluten-Free Nut Fruitcake
A lighter texture with the same holiday fruitcake flavour is sure to please guests looking for a gluten-free alternative to traditional fruitcake.



Rich Brandied Fruitcake
Preparation for fruitcake is now a lot faster given today's quality diced candied peel and seeded raisins. Thank goodness the flavour is still as good as it was in my mother's day.



Golden Brandy Nut-Free Fruitcake
A look through past recipes revealed that we have never developed a nut-free fruitcake -- so here it is. A jewel-like topping and variety of fruits ensures that no one will even notice that the nuts are missing.



Dundee Cake
With its pattern of almonds on top, this easy-to-make, fruit-laden Christmas cake from Dundee, Scotland, is famous throughout the British Isles.


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