German Fruit Cake

Renee Cooper


Ok First this is far from the same old fruit cake. When I was young I could never understand what people had against fruit cake. I loved it, then I tasted what most of America calls fruit cake. The first time I saw one it looked awful and I took a taste and told my mom, "that is a fake fruit cake."


★★★★★ 2 votes

5 to 10
2 Hr
1 Hr 30 Min


  • 3/4 c
    butter or margarine
  • 2 c
  • 4
  • 3 c
  • 1/2 tsp
    allspice, ground
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 3/4 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 c
  • 2/3 c
    cherry preserves
  • 2/3 c
    apricot preserves
  • 2/3 c
    pineapple preserves
  • 1 c
    pecans, in pieces
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

How to Make German Fruit Cake


  1. Mix Buttermilk with Baking soda and set aside. Cream butter (or Margarine), Sugar, & eggs until light, Sift dry ingredients together and add creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk and baking soda mixture. Fold in the remaining ingredients. Bake in two 9X5X3 pans or a large tube (or bunt) pan for 1.5 hrs. Cool in pan for 15 mins before removing.
  2. Personal note: For added delight you may lightly sprinkle the top of the cake with powdered sugar or serve the cake with whipped topping or any left over preserves. The preserves are what makes the difference the candied fruit is what makes a "Fake fruitcake" That candied fruit is nothing but unformed gummy bears in my opinion, nothing against gummy bears but you don't want them in a cake.

Printable Recipe Card

About German Fruit Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes

Show 13 Comments & Reviews

Best Carrot Cake Ever Recipe

Best Carrot Cake Ever

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

The best carrot cake recipe ever! This easy and delicious carrot cake is sure to be a hit on your holiday dessert table. Click here for the Best Carrot Cake...

17 Easy Cake Pop Recipes

17 Easy Cake Pop Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Whether you’re looking for a way to help with portion control or a new way to use that cake mix you have in the pantry - these easy cake pop...

15 Coffee Break-worthy Coffee Cake Recipes

15 Coffee Break-Worthy Coffee Cake Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Acceptable as a breakfast treat or a light dessert, no one can pass up a piece of coffee cake. Brew an extra pot of coffee today, because we've found 15...