Easy Claxton Fruit Cake Recipe

Need the perfect Christmas dish? The Claxton Fruit Cake recipe is a classic. My family has enjoyed this Southern treat for decades. Raisins, candied citrus peel, chopped pecans, and a fruitcake mix fill the buttery batter.

The spices and aromas make a luscious and delectable cake that will be the star of any celebration. This recipe is perfect for holiday dinners or a fresh dessert. Preheat your oven and let’s make the ultimate Claxton Fruit Cake!

Claxton Fruit Cake Ingredients

To make this fruit cake, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 pound of mixed dried fruit (such as raisins, candied citron, candied orange peel, or candied lemon peel)
  • 1 cup of strongly brewed tea
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

How To Make Claxton Fruit Cake From Scratch At Home?

Step 1: Soak the dried fruit in the strong tea for at least 4 hours or overnight. This will help to plump up the fruit and infuse it with flavor.

Step 2: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

Step 3: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Step 4: In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt. Gradually add this dry mixture to the butter mixture, stirring until well combined.

Step 5: Drain the soaked fruit and add it to the batter along with the chopped nuts (if using). Mix until evenly distributed.

Step 6: Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth out the top. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Step 7: Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then, remove the cake from the pan and place it on a wire rack to cool completely.

Serving Ideas

Depending on the occasion and your tastes, Claxton Fruit Cake can be served in numerous ways. The customary approach is to slice the cake and serve it, letting the flavors shine.

A powdered sugar and water or fruit juice glaze give the cake a delicious, glossy finish.

Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream adds a creamy contrast to the dense cake. Poke holes in the cake with a toothpick and soak it in brandy, rum, or sherry to give it a little additional kick.

Fruit cake pairs well with tea or coffee because of its warmth and spice. You and your guests decide how to serve Claxton Fruit Cake. Try several serving options to find your favorite!

How Should I Store, If I Want To Eat In the Future?

Storing Claxton Fruit Cake properly keeps it fresh and delicious. It can be stored at room temperature for a week in an airtight container or covered in plastic or aluminum foil. The cake can be stored without refrigeration this way.

Keep the cake in the fridge for more than a week, but wrap it firmly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent drying. Wrapping the cake in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and storing it in an airtight container or resealable bag is another way to freeze it for longer. Freeze the cake for three months.

Before serving, remove the cake from the fridge or freezer and let it warm up to room temperature. Then, bake it at 325°F (165°C) for 10-15 minutes until heated through. Fruit cakes are matured for months to bring forth their full flavor and richness.

After baking, wrap the cake in cheesecloth or a paper towel and moisten it with a little whiskey to preserve it in a cold, dry area. Follow these storage guidelines to enjoy your Claxton Fruit Cake whenever you want!

Faq About Claxton Fruit Cake

Can I use fresh fruit instead of dried fruit?

Fresh fruit will not work in this recipe as it contains too much moisture and will make the cake soggy. Dried fruit has been dehydrated and will keep the cake nice and moist.

Can I use different types of nuts?

Yes, you can use any type of chopped nuts you like such as almonds or hazelnuts.

Can I make this cake gluten-free?

Yes, you can use a gluten-free flour blend in place of the all-purpose flour to make this recipe gluten-free.

homemade claxton fruit cake recipe

Easy Claxton Fruit Cake Recipe

My Claxton Fruit Cake recipe is here. This family dish is a holiday favorite.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 28 mins
Total Time 38 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 154 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound of mixed dried fruit such as raisins, candied citron, candied orange peel, or candied lemon peel
  • 1 cup of strongly brewed tea
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts optional

Instructions
 

  • Soak the dried fruit in the strong tea for at least 4 hours or overnight. This will help to plump up the fruit and infuse it with flavor.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt. Gradually add this dry mixture to the butter mixture, stirring until well combined.
  • Drain the soaked fruit and add it to the batter along with the chopped nuts (if using). Mix until evenly distributed.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth out the top. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then, remove the cake from the pan and place it on a wire rack to cool completely.
Keyword claxton fruit cake recipe

A Claxton Fruit Cake adds Southern flair to any holiday or special event. This luscious, buttery cake is made with raisins, candied citrus peel, chopped pecans, and a unique fruitcake mix.

Step-by-step instructions make it easy to prepare the ideal cake. With my serving and storage suggestions, you can customize your cake for each occasion.

This cake will please relatives and friends whether you serve it plain or with ice cream. I hope you appreciate this blog post and try this dish.

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