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Last Minute Fruitcake with Dates, Raisins, Cherries, and Nuts Sliced

Last Minute Fruitcake

This can be last minutes, so soaking in booze and waiting for weeks. No artificial candy stuff either, simply maraschino cherries, dates, and nuts. A REALLY good little fruitcake!
Course Cakes, Cupcakes & Cheesecake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 406kcal
Author Barb


  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup cutup pitted dates
  • cup Irish Whiskey
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries halved
  • 1 cup blanched slivered almonds
  • 2 cups walnut pieces
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Soak raisins, dried cranberries and dates in Irish Whiskey for at least 15 minutes to plump them up.
  • Grease and flour a non-stick loaf pan. (Original directions called for lightly greasing a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan; lining the pan with waxed paper and then greasing that paper. With nonstick some might forego that extra step of lining the pan with waxed paper but I y do it anyway).
  • Mix fruits, nuts and seeds in a large mixing bowl (Add fruit WITH liquid from 1st step).
  • Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar over mixture; toss to coat all fruits and nuts with flour.
  • Beat eggs until foamy, then add vanilla.
  • Pour over fruit mixture and stir just until blended.
  • Pour into prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake in a preheated 300 degree oven about 1 & 1/2 hours. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.


I make a triple batch of this recipe and then bake it in smaller loaf pans for gift giving. Check dough after 55 minutes for doneness - toothpick inserted into cake pulls out clean. LOVE this pan from Wilton; does make doing small loaves much easier to handle!


Serving: 1grams | Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 466mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 39g