Easy Fruitcake Bundt Cake is the best fruity sweet concoction that you will be proud to serve. Make copies of the recipe – people will be asking for it.
Another huge factor for the season is the food.
Everyone’s best recipes come out this time of year and seasonal treats are baked for ourselves and for others. Every winter must-have is Fruitcake with a capital F.
Not dry and hard fruitcake from ages past but the best fruity sweet concoction that you will be proud to serve. This Easy Fruitcake Bundt Cake has all of those qualities and more.
You know some of those candied fruit varieties that are very questionable? Ones like those green candied cherries? I know their pretty and festive and all but they’re kind of scary.
Well, I left the candied cherries out of this recipe. There are still wonderful sweet treats inside and one of them is dried pineapple. For that lovely ingredient, a little goes a long way!
The fruit mixture is from fresh citrus and many different varieties of dried fruit. There are also so many healthy ingredients that it will blow your mind.
Does Fruitcake Need a Topping?
Nope. No icing, frosting or fruit topping. But isn’t this little bit of drizzle on the top pretty?
Just a little bit of melted apple jelly drizzled back and forth here and there over the fruitcake and it glistens.
Let it drip down as you go around the top and it is done.
Easy Fruitcake Bundt Cake Special Features
Six fruits are used in this recipe and pecans are added too. There are some really nice and healthy ingredients inside the recipe too. Check it out.
Use a smaller 6 cup bundt pan is used for this recipe. The fruitcake stands taller and looks really pretty.
All the slices are smaller anyway because fruitcake is so rich that you don’t need much. There are 14 generous slices.
The smaller size for this Easy Fruitcake Bundt Cake is also handy because it makes fantastic holiday gifts. Add a little card with the recipe printed and tie it on the cellophane wrapper.
Make extra copies of the recipe because one thing for sure is that people will be asking for it.
Another fruity Christmas recipe is a healthier cookie is Dairy-Free Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie. Besides cranberries, there are lots of other flavorful and fiber-full ingredients.
I don’t know if you ever noticed that there is kind of a competition out there in the world about who makes the best fruitcake.
Once I even got cornered by a lady, right in front of mom, and she pretty much demanded that I say which fruitcake was best.
Hers or moms. I just couldn’t say because I actually really liked moms best and I think this lady would have taken my head off if I didn’t say hers.
Well, now is your chance to win the ultimate contest. This recipe really is the best one!
Traditional Fruitcake vs this Healthy Fruitcake
Traditional fruitcake recipes include dried nuts, dried fruit, and “candied” fruit or peel. Candied fruit has been soaked in sugar syrup and also dried for preservation.
It is usually finished in a loaf pan. That way it looks more like a cake than bars.
This healthy fruitcake has no candied fruit but very sweet dried fruit that makes the dessert very much more palatable. Check out the ingredients below. There is even flax seed meal.
It is also made with some whole wheat flour as to turn it into more like an actual cake although you wouldn’t actually realize it when finished. This way the Christmas treat can be baked in a gorgeous bundt pan.
You choose the shape of the pan and be proud of your delicious and gorgeous fruitcake. A new tradition that I think you’ll want to carry on for years.
Easy Fruitcake Bundt Cake
- 3 oranges
- 1/4 cup cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
- 1/2 cup Golden Raisins
- 1 cup Pitted Dates, chopped smaller
- 1 cup Dried Pineapple, chopped smaller
- 1 cup chopped Pecans
- 2 tablespoons Flax Seed Meal and 6 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- For the Glaze:
- 1/2 cup apple jelly
- What a beautiful bunch of ingredients.
- I used the smaller Bundt Pan (it measures 6 cups) because I wanted a taller cake. Mine came from Target and there are many colors to choose from. The cake turned out beautiful and you can slice thinner slices.
- You can certainly use any bundt pan that you have - A larger size will turn out lower height but it will still be really pretty.
- Oil the bundt pan - I used coconut oil.
- Mix the flax seed meal and water together and set aside so that it can gel. It only takes a few minutes.
- Squeeze all of the juice from the oranges to get close to 1/2 cup of juice. It can be a bit under 1/2 cup but you need more than 1/4 cup.
- In a medium bowl add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix together.
- In a large bowl add the orange juice, cranberry juice, cranberries, dates, raisins, pineapple, pecans, vanilla extract, maple syrup and the thickened flax seed meal mixture.
- Mix all together.
- Add the flour mixture to the fruit mixture and blend well.
- Pour into the prepared bundt pan and flatten it down, as well as you can, on the top.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.
- Cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 30 minutes.
- Remove from the pan and let cool completely.
- Melt the apple jelly in the microwave and drizzle over the top of the cake.
Wonderful fresh but it also freezes really well.
If you choose to freeze please use one of my methods as described in my article How to Prepare Food for the Freezer.