Best Recipes Using Fruitcake Mix: 17+ Tasty Holiday Dessert Recipes (2024)

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These recipes using fruitcake mix feature a variety of delicious desserts that are perfect for the holidays! From traditional fruitcakes to cookies or bars, there is something for everyone! They are all easy-to-make, tasty, and use store-bought fruitcake mix!

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Fruitcake mix isn't limited to only making fruitcakes. You can also use this assortment of dried fruits for tons of other delicious treats!

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  • Desserts Using Fruitcake Mix
  • 1. Light Fruitcake
  • 2. Christmas Cake
  • 3. Jamaican Rum Cake
  • 4. Black Cake
  • 5. Barmbrack
  • 6. Fruitcake Cookies
  • 7. Fruitcake Bars
  • 8. Fruitcake Shortbread Squares
  • 9. Fruitcake Shortbread Cookies
  • 10. Fruitcake Magic Bars
  • 11. Christmas Fruitcake Truffles
  • 12. Upside-Down Fruit Cake
  • 13. Fruitcake Balls
  • 14. Fruitcake Fudge
  • 15. Fruitcake Biscotti
  • 16. Fruitcake Bundt Cake
  • 17. Candied Fruit Macaroons
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Best Store-Bought Fruitcake Mix

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You can grab a handful of different fruitcake mixes at the store, especially around the holidays. The brands and varieties of fruitcake mixes feature different dried fruits, so you can choose the best combination you like!

In my experience, Paradise Fruit Company makes the best fruitcake mix. In fact, I even asked my local grocer to bring it in for the holiday 2022 fruitcake blend! That's how much I like it!

You can always purchase them online if you can't find them in-store. They sell individual dried fruits as well as a ton of different fruit mixes.

Desserts Using Fruitcake Mix

1. Light Fruitcake

This classic light fruitcake is perfect for the holidays! Feel free to enjoy it right away or properly age it to deepen the flavors.

If you aren't sure what a light fruitcake is, check out my article on light vs dark fruitcakes.

Light Fruitcake (with Coconut)

This light fruitcake is so moist, tender, and packed with flavor that it will quickly convert everyone into fruitcake fanatics! It's a traditional holiday cake that can amazingly be aged and stored for extended periods of time in order to deepen the flavors. Go ahead and serve this golden fruitcake with coconut to your friends and family and they will be requesting again it every holiday season!

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2. Christmas Cake

Traditional American fruitcake has roots that take it back to this delicious British Christmas cake! It still includes your dried and soaked fruit as well as warm spices.

What makes it unique is that it also has marzipan and royal icing!

Traditional British Christmas Cake Recipe

Traditional British Christmas Cake is served throughout England during the Christmas season, and is the origin of our traditional fruit cake enjoyed throughout the States! There's something amazing about the warm spices, citrus, and soaked fruit in a Christmas Cake that combine with the marzipan and royal icing to make a cake that can become such a long-standing tradition.

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3. Jamaican Rum Cake

Your dried peels and fruits are soaked in a combination of rum and sweet wine. Then, more rum is incorporated into the batter itself!

Feel free to add the icing or leave it off, but I highly recommend including some toasted coconut!

Jamaican Rum Cake (Easy Jamaican-Inspired Fruitcake)

This fun Jamaican rum cake combines the most unique flavors and takes holiday fruitcake to a tropically festive new level! There's just so much to love about this tasty cake that features rum, wine-soaked mixed peel, and dried fruits spread beautifully throughout the whole cake! The icing is optional, but topping the cake with toasted coconut rounded out the entire Caribbean appeal for me!

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4. Black Cake

This Jamaican fruitcake variety is similar to traditional fruitcake but with orange peel, lime zest, and lime juice! You can even prepare it an entire six months ahead of time!

Jamaican Black Cake (Rum Soaked Christmas Cake Recipe)

Rich Jamaican black cake is a decadent Caribbean twist on the classic holiday fruit cake that you’ll love serving this Christmas! Dried fruit is soaked in sweet port wine and fragrant dark rum, then blended and folded into a spice cake like you’ve never had before! It's a festive, richly-flavored holiday cake that you won't regret baking this holiday season!

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5. Barmbrack

This barmbrack is similar to an upgraded version of raisin bread. The dried fruit (raisins, sultanas, cherries in this case) is actually soaked overnight in tea!

Irish Barmbrack (Fruit Bread) Recipe

Traditional Irish Barmbrack (Fruit Bread) is the best raisin bread you'll ever bake. It's incredibly easy to make and needs no yeast. It's so delicious that there's no sense waiting for an Irish holiday to roll around to enjoy this amazing bread. Bake it up anytime or for the holidays that barmbrack is a traditional part of, including St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, and New Year's Day!

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6. Fruitcake Cookies

These cookies feature all your favorite dried fruitcake mixes but in some chewy and soft cookies rather than a cake! There's no need to soak the fruit, but you can add a splash of alcohol to the cookie dough!

Fruitcake Cookies

These fruitcake cookies are soft, chewy, and incredibly tasty making them an irresistible addition to the holidays! With a tender cookie base and lots of chewy mixed fruit peel, candied cherries, and raisins scattered throughout, these cookies are a real treat. They make a fantastic addition to any cookie exchange or gift basket at Christmas time, too!

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7. Fruitcake Bars

These fruit-packed bars are perfect for when you are hosting a crowd! They are easy to slice, serve, and eat without a plate!

Fruitcake Bars (Easy Christmas Dessert Recipe)

Fruitcake bars are a delicious fruit dessert that combines holiday fruitcake mixed peel, dried dates, candied red and green glace cherries, and candied pineapple! They are incredibly easy to make and turn out wonderfully moist every time. Even if you are not a fan of fruitcakes, these tasty bars are bound to change your mind!

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8. Fruitcake Shortbread Squares

Tender shortbread is combined with dried fruit for these wonderfully delicious and easy-to-serve bars. The squares are topped off with booze-infused icing, making them irresistible!

Fruitcake Shortbread Squares

Rich and buttery Fruitcake Shortbread Squares are a festive combination of holiday fruitcake mixed peel and super soft shortbread! These addictively delicious dessert squares are incredibly easy to make and topped off with a tasty icing that everyone will love!

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9. Fruitcake Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies are jam-packed with your preferred holiday fruitcake blend for an easy and tasty holiday treat. Not to mention, you'll only need four ingredients in total!

Fruitcake Shortbread Cookies

These festive Fruitcake Shortbread Cookies are loaded with a delicious fruitcake blend in tender, buttery shortbread cookies! They are absolutely delicious slice and bake cookies with bright, fun fruitcake pieces throughout each addictive bite of shortbread!

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10. Fruitcake Magic Bars

These fruitcake magic bars really bring out all of your favorite flavors. They have a graham cracker crust, white chocolate chips, almonds, dried fruit, and shredded coconut!

Fruitcake Magic Bars

Fruitcake magic bars are delicious 7-layer cookie bars that feature a buttery graham cracker crust topped with layers of tasty ingredients! These fruitcake bars are also known as Hello Dolly bars, coconut dream bars, miracle bars, 7-layer bars, or magic cookie bars. Bring these chewy gooey magic bars to a potluck, gathering, or holiday party, and your guests will be begging for the recipe!

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11. Christmas Fruitcake Truffles

If you have any leftover fruitcake, you can easily repurpose it into these addicting bite-sized treats! Just roll them into balls and dip them in melted chocolate!

Christmas Fruitcake Truffles

This Christmas Fruitcake truffles recipe takes a classic fruitcake and turns it into bite sized chocolate desserts in a snap! It only requires a few ingredients and there is no actual baking, you just need to melt the chocolate coating. It's a great way to use leftover fruitcake, too!

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12. Upside-Down Fruit Cake

This unique twist has dried fruit, brown sugar, and butter evenly spread on the bottom of the pan. The brandy-infused cake batter is poured on top and then baked.

When you take it out of the oven, you just flip it over and enjoy!

Upside-Down Fruit Cake

Whatever your perception of fruit cake is, turn it upside down and inside out, because this is not the rock-hard loaf that’s been passed around since times eternal. This version includes all the best of the classic ingredients—brandy, dried fruit, nuts, molasses and warming spices—just rejiggered in…

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13. Fruitcake Balls

These fruitcake balls are actually made on the stovetop, so they are completely no-bake! They are similar to a Rice Krispie treat but with fruitcake mix, coconut, and pecans!

Fruitcake Balls

Fruitcake Balls are outstanding. These delicious cookies are made on the stove top and are made with fruitcake mix, pecans, Rice Krispies and coconut. They’re festive, elegant, beautiful and delicious enough to serve for any holiday party or gala. These irresistible cookies will change your mind abo…

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14. Fruitcake Fudge

This simple stovetop fudge is incredibly easy to make (you can't mess it up!) It features white chocolate chips, marshmallows, and fruitcake mix!

Fruitcake Fudge or Jeweled Fudge

Fruitcake Fudge or Jeweled Fudge This delicious and easy fudge goes by several different names, Fruitcake Fudge or Jeweled Fudge, even White Christmas

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15. Fruitcake Biscotti

These classic biscottis have fruit cake mix added to the batter. They are then twice-baked and drizzled with a simple icing.

Fruitcake Biscotti

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16. Fruitcake Bundt Cake

Upgrade your standard fruitcake by using a bundt pan! It is easy and delicious, and the result is stunning!

Fruitcake Bundt

The yuletide favorite was destined to be transformed into a beautiful Bundt. Packed with pecans and brandy-soaked fruit, this Fruitcake Bundt cake makes decking the halls all the easier. Print Fruitcake Bundt Makes 1 (15-cup) Bundt cake Ingredients 1 (16-ounce) container (453 grams) mixed candied…

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17. Candied Fruit Macaroons

These ultra-easy macaroons only use 4 ingredients: sweetened condensed milk, coconut flakes, fruitcake mix, and chocolate for dipping! They are pretty effortless but completely delicious.

Candied Fruit Coconut Macaroons

This recipe is proof that baking doesn’t have to be fussy or complicated to yield delicious results. You’ll need 3 ingredients for the macaroons, not counting the dip in chocolate which is optional (but when…

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💭 Tips For Using Fruitcake Mix

As always, make sure you follow your recipe, but here are some tips and tricks for using fruitcake mix in your desserts!

  1. Soak the Fruits in Alcohol or Fruit Juice: Before using the mix, soak the dried fruits in your choice of alcohol (such as brandy, rum, or whiskey) or fruit juice for at least a few hours or overnight. This will plump up the fruits and infuse them with flavor. Of course, this is completely optional!
  2. Control Liquor Amount: If you're soaking in alcohol, be cautious about the amount you use. Too much can overpower the flavors, so start with a small amount and adjust as needed.
  3. Add Nuts for Texture: If you enjoy a nutty crunch in your fruitcake-based desserts, consider adding chopped nuts like pecans, walnuts, or almonds.
  4. Incorporate Spices: Enhance the flavor profile of your recipes by adding warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. These spices complement the sweetness of the fruits.
  5. Chop to Suit Recipes: If the fruit pieces are too large for your liking, or if your recipe requires smaller pieces, feel free to chop them down to size.

These recipes using fruitcake mix are bound to become some new holiday favorites! Which one will you be making first?

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Recipes Using Fruitcake Mix: Light Fruitcake (+17 Other Tasty Treats!)

These recipes using fruitcake mix feature a variety of delicious desserts that are perfect for the holidays! From traditional fruitcakes to cookies or bars, there is something for everyone! They are all easy-to-make, tasty, and use store-bought fruitcake mix!

Author | Angela

Servings: 32 servings

Calories: 310kcal

Prep 12 hours hours

Cooking 1 hour hour 20 minutes minutes

Resting Time 1 day day

Total Time 1 day day 13 hours hours 20 minutes minutes

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Ingredients

Fruit

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup dried pineapple (chopped)
  • 1 cup candied lemon peel (or candied mixed peel)
  • cup candied red cherries (red and green glace cherries, quartered or chopped)
  • ¾ cup brandy (or rum, whiskey, orange juice, orange pineapple juice, or apple juice - plus more for brushing over the top of the cake)

Cake

  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • 5 large eggs (room temperature)
  • cup all-purpose flour (spoon and leveled)
  • 1 cup milk (room temperature)
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 large lemon (optional, zested)

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Instructions

Prepare The Fruit

  • In a large bowl, combine your raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dried pineapple, and candied lemon peel (or mixed peel).

  • Cover the fruit with the liquid of your choice (brandy, rum, whiskey, orange juice, orange pineapple juice, or apple juice). Cover the bowl and allow the fruit to soak overnight (up to 2 days) at room temperature, stirring occasionally.

Prepare The Cake

  • Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C) and lightly grease and flour two 9x5 loaf pans.

  • In a large mixing bowl (or your stand mixer), cream together the room-temperature butter and sugar until fluffy and light.

  • Beat in the light corn syrup, baking powder, vanilla extract, salt, and nutmeg until well combined.

  • Add the room-temperature eggs one at a time, making sure to beat well in between each addition and scraping down the bottom and sides of the mixing bowl if necessary.

  • Alternate between adding the all-purpose flour and the room-temperature milk. Make sure you only mix long enough for the flour to be just combined, being careful to avoid over-mixing the batter.

  • Pour the soaked fruit into the batter without draining off the liquid, as well as the candied cherries, coconut, and optional lemon zest. Stir until all of the fruit is evenly distributed.

  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans, only filling them ¾ of the way full.

  • Bake the cakes in the preheated oven at 300°F (150°C) for 80-110 minutes. Your cakes will be ready when they are a nice golden-brown color and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean with only a few moist crumbs. *If your cake is browning too much while baking, you can place a piece of aluminum foil over the top and allow it to finish baking.

  • Once baked, remove the cakes from the oven and brush the top of them with your preferred apple juice or liquor while they are still warm.

  • Once your fruitcakes have cooled entirely, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and let them rest for at least 24 hours.

Aging Your Fruitcake

  • If you want to age your fruitcake or keep it stored for longer than 24 hours before serving, simply unwrap the cake once a week and brush the top of it with your preferred liquor or apple juice.

  • Re-wrap the cake with plastic wrap and store it in a cool, dry place.

  • Repeat the process of brushing liquid on the cakes once a week until ready to serve.

Notes

  • This recipe will yield 10½ cups of batter, so you can choose to make different-sized cakes or loaves using a variety of pans. Feel free to prepare it in a bundt pan, mini loaf pans, or 9x13 pans. Just remember to adjust the bake time accordingly as smaller cakes will bake faster.
  • If using 9x5 loaf pans, this will yield 2 cakes. An 8x4 pan will yield 3 cakes.
  • The fruit in the fruitcake can easily be customized to your liking. Opt for dried or candied fruits. Some great options are raisins, mixed peel, candied orange peel, candied lemon peel, dates, dried cranberries, dried peaches, dried apricots, dried currants, and dried pineapple! Just make sure that the total amount of fruit is equal to about 6¾ cups.
  • Fruitcakes have an amazing shelf life and also taste better as they age (if you can wait!). Of course, this fruitcake will also be delicious if you eat it as soon as possible!
  • Letting the fruitcake rest for a minimum of 24 hours allows the flavors to mingle and the crust to soften. It really does help to boost the flavor!
  • To store: Keep your fruitcake tightly wrapped with plastic wrap and stored at room temperature in a cool, dry place.

Nutrition

Calories: 310kcal (16%) | Carbohydrates: 52g (17%) | Protein: 4g (8%) | Fat: 9g (14%) | Saturated Fat: 6g (38%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 45mg (15%) | Sodium: 156mg (7%) | Potassium: 127mg (4%) | Fiber: 2g (8%) | Sugar: 32g (36%) | Vitamin A: 367IU (7%) | Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) | Calcium: 38mg (4%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)

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