A Recipe That’s Not For Everyone

I’ve mentioned before that I was a fussy eater as a child. It’s true. I didn’t like a lot of things like cheese, eggs, many vegetables, fish (except tuna that I insisted was actually chicken) and rice. The one crazy exception is my grandmother’s fruitcake.

This is a recipe that my father’s mother picked up from a friend. My memories of eating this goes back to before I have memories of other things. I think I ate it at first because my cousins wouldn’t and all the adults did. I got attention for it. It was served at both Thanksgiving and Christmas. My mother carried on making it for my father. Eventually when I was making the holiday meals we cut back on the fruitcake to every few years. This is the first one I’ve made in at least 8 years. I decided it made no sense to hold off until the holiday to make it since The Husband and I are the only ones who eat it now.

It’s one of those recipes that seems like it would be a bother but really it just involves dumping things in the stand mixer one after another. Finally it’s poured into a well greased, again well greased tube pan.


  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of cooled strong coffee with 1 tsp baking soda dissolved in it
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp each ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and mace
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 lb fruitcake mix

Cream brown sugar and butter. Add eggs one at a time mixing well. Add coffee. In a separate bowl sift flour, salt and spices. Add slowly to wet ingredients. Add raisins, walnuts and fruitcake mix. Pour into well greased tube pan. Bake at 350 for about 1 hour 20 minutes.

Mine took about 5 extra minutes.

Again, well greased pan. Mine always sticks in one spot. The fruitcake mix I bought had very finely chopped pieces. It was better than the big chunky pieces I used to get. I also splurged and bought the chopped walnuts. I used to buy the ones in the shell and chop them myself.

Do you have family foods you like that others don’t? What is your holiday food tradition?

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13 Responses to A Recipe That’s Not For Everyone

  1. Mimmy Jain says:

    Thank you for the recipe. The cake looks delicious. One day…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Your cake looks delicious! My twist on fruitcake is that I buy a mix of dried fruit – pineapple, cherries, blueberries – whatever I can find – then I soak them in rum overnight. That’s what I use for the fruitcake mix. It turns out really well 🙂 Our holiday food traditions are many – that’s a good writing topic 🙂

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  3. Alissa Head says:

    Maybe you thought tuna was chicken because it was Chicken of the Sea? Yes, a holiday food quiz would be good.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. sewadilly says:

    Your fruitcake looks “heavenly” oh my. 🙂

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  5. nanacathy2 says:

    That cake looks really delicious- I’ve heard of tea in fruit cake but never coffee, that’s a new twist, think I shall have a go at this one, thanks for sharing.


  6. The holiday tradition in my family is cookies. Last year my mom and aunt made 700 cookies in one day to share with friends and family.


  7. randomlyerin says:

    My grandmother’s cranberry gelatin salad and kosher dill pickles stuffed with cream cheese. 🙂


  8. chrisknits says:

    Nope, nothing I can think of. Our tradition is dough dogs. LOL. I started making them for our Christmas Eve celebration so the little kids could have a snack before dinner while all the adults snacked on shrimp cocktail, dips, and other apps. But the adults all kept eating them! So now it’s a yearly joke, don’t eat the dough dogs!!

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  9. kathyreeves says:

    I do enjoy a good fruitcake, but I am the only one on the family that will touch it. I may just have a go at your recipe, maybe I can half it and put it in the freezer….I’ll have to see about ingredients while out shopping, thanks for sharing it! Our holiday food traditions include making lefse, and having teddy bear bread and curried baked fruit for Christmas breakfast. 🙂

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  10. Stefanie says:

    I think for Thanksgiving, cranberry jello mold is something our ohana has that most ppl don’t. As for Christmas, it just depends on what we’re in the mood for menu-wise.

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  11. bonnyknits says:

    I have never tried fruitcake, and as a picky eater myself, I’m not sure I’d enjoy it! Our holiday food tradition is my mom’s pumpkin bread recipe. We have it on Thanksgiving morning and Christmas morning.

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  12. Olivia says:

    I adore fruitcake and make it every Thanksgiving weekend to ripen till Boxing Day (day after Christmas). 2 of my 9 children love it as well so I make and send them mini ones. I even bought a Fortnum & Mason Dundee Cake and had it shipped after watching a film on Winston Churchill, who loved it. I’ve saved it for pre Christmas since just my husband & I will be having it this year.

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  13. ReginaMary says:

    I love fruitcake. Love it.

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