Bourbon Fruitcake


Bourbon Fruitcake

1 Hr 45 Min

You know the old story that fruitcakes get passed from one person to the next...and no one ever eats them? Well, this one will definitely get eaten! I think it's the bourbon flavor that makes it so popular!

What You'll Need

  • 1 (16-ounce) container mixed candied fruit
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Coat a 10-inch Bundt or tube pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a resealable plastic storage bag, combine the candied fruit and bourbon; let stand 30 minutes. In a large bowl, with an electric beater on medium speed, beat the sugar, butter, and eggs until well mixed. In a mediumd bowl, combine the flour and walnuts and add to the sugar mixture. Add the candied fruit mixture and mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. 
  3. Bake 1 3/4 to 2 hours, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool 15 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely. Serve, or cover until ready to serve.


Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 12

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 567
  • Calories from Fat 272
  • Total Fat 30g 47 %
  • Saturated Fat 12g 58 %
  • Trans Fat 0.6g 0 %
  • Protein 8.0g 16 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 118mg 39 %
  • Sodium 203mg 8 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 67g 22 %
  • Dietary Fiber 2.5g 10 %
  • Sugars 48g 0 %

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I bought a bottle of hooch New Year's eve to make barbeque sauce. I think I'll use some of it to make this fruitcake too. A 1/4 of a cup of bourbon in a WHOLE cake could not possibly hurt anyone.

You can use apple juice or orange juice ( Add some orange jest orange if using fresh orange) can also use rum extract it is found by the vanilla and is simply a flavoring I like to add a cup of raisins that have soaked in brandy then i measure the brandy after draining fruitcake and add proper amount sometimes I add1/2 jar jelly too. makes it extra moist Rreally good homemade fruitcakes contains rum, brandy, or bourbon some even wrap cooled cakes in booze soaked cheesecloth to improve with age and HMmmmmmmmmmm its so goood! can also add spices if you like all a matter of personal taste

Can rum be used instead of bourbon?

Get over it !

Get over it !

I don't understand how a recipe can be "family approved" when it contains liquor or any kind of alcohol.

All Alcohol when baking is vaporized so no alcohol is in it at all. It adds favor and not the same as a drink of the alcohol. Yet REAL fruitcakes are always made with alcohol. I bet you have eaten many fruit cakes in your life time and they all had alcohol in them. I wouldn't dare to make a fruit cake with out alcohol in it all because of the flavor it adds to it.

Can the bourbon be substituted for mollasses ,and the self-rising flour for a carrot cake mix or spice cake mix?

Thank you for your questions! If you prefer not to use bourbon, you can substitute it with water. As far as substituting the flour with a cake mix, we could not recommend this. These substitutions will alter the recipe significantly and we could not guarantee the results. If you would like, we have a number of different fruitcake recipes to try, here is a link for one of them, Enjoy!


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