Brazil Nut Fruitcake

This cake is more of a confection than a cake. It makes a beautiful, festive presentation. This recipe came to our family from a dear lady, Mrs. Barrows, in Corpus Christi in 1948. She shared this family recipe with my mother. Remember to leave all the fruits and nuts whole. Slice the cake thin. The slices are beautiful because you slice into the whole fruit and nuts.

Brazil Nut Fruitcake


  • 4 eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pound red candied cherries
  • 1 pound green candied cherries
  • 1 pound Brazil nuts
  • 1 pound walnut halves
  • 1 pound pecan halves
  • 2 pounds pitted dates


1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 3 – 8×4 inch loaf pans and line them with parchment or waxed paper.

2 Beat eggs, salt and vanilla together until very light and lemon colored. Stir in sugar, 1 cup flour and baking powder.

3 Place cherries, nuts, and dates into a large bowl. Dust with the remaining 1/2 cup flour. Then stir in sugar mixture. There is very little batter which makes this a very stiff mixture. Mix with hands.

4 Press batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour.


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