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Best Newfoundland Christmas Cake Recipes

Best Newfoundland Christmas Cake Recipes. A collection of 16 recipes for traditional Christmas Cakes from my childhood, plus new twists on tried & true favourites.

Best Newfoundland Christmas Cakes Collage

Best Newfoundland Christmas Cakes.

I come from a long tradition of great bakers in my family and have sampled literally hundreds of different cherry cakes, apricot cakes, pineapple fruitcake, peach fruitcake, dark fruitcake and more over the years.

I have a big collection of Christmas cake recipes but there are some that I return to year after year and some that I like to play with as a base to create another great version of a classic Christmas fruitcake.

Even if you are not a fan of traditional fruitcake, you are bound to find one like the Apricot Raisin Cake that will be sure to satisfy your own taste and appeal to your visiting guests this Christmas Season.

By the way, if you are looking for recipes for traditional Newfoundland cookies, cookie bars and squares, please be sure to Cookies Pages where you’ll find links to over 200 recipes. Many of them are traditional favourites and most are very freezer friendly.

Rock Recipes Best Newfoundland Christmas Cakes Collage for Pinterest

Need last minute cake suggestions?

In the final week before Christmas, people tend to get a bit panic-y if the have fallen behind but still would like at least one traditional Christmas cake. Not all Christmas cakes have to be soaked in pirates and aged. My top picks from the list below for baking, even in the final day or so before the Holidays are:

  • Any of the cherry Cakes in the list below, Cherry Pound cake, Cherry Orange Cake or Cherry Pecan Cake.
  • Apricot Raisin Cake even Apricot Fruitcake
  • Poor Man’s Cake
  • Fruitcake Loaf Cake
  • Pech Fruitcake

2020 Update:

This year we have added yet another cake to this delectable recipe collection. This Peach Fruitcake is an old favourite from decades ago which uses mashed canned peaches to give plenty of moisture to the batter and ultimately, the fruitcake itself.

It is also another easy suggestion for a fruitcake which you can bake right before the Holidays because this one does not need to age at all, like a darker fruitcake would.

Peach fruitcake slice

Peach Fruitcake.

2019 UPDATE: A new, smaller and more budget friendly fruitcake recipe has been added at the end of this list.

Ultimate Nut Fruitcake plus how to make homemade marzipan and fondant to finish it.

Ultimate Nut Fruitcake slioce on plate with gold leaf, Christmas tree ornaments in background.

Ultimate Nut Fruitcake

Newfoundland Cherry Cake

Newfoundland Cherry Cake photo of a cake being sliced on a marble cutting board.

Newfoundland Cherry Cake

Old English Fruitcake

Close up square cropped picture of uncut cake for featured photo

Old English Fruitcake

Orange Brandy Fruitcake

Orange Brandy Fruitcake

Orange Brandy Fruitcake

Apple Bourbon Fruitcake

Bourbon Apple Fruitcake

Bourbon Apple Fruitcake

Cherry Orange Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Cherries & Orange

Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Cherries & Orange

Apricot Raisin Cake

Apricot Raisin Cake

Apricot Raisin Cake

Cherry Pecan Cake

Cherry Pecan Cake

Cherry Pecan Cake

Poor Mans Cake (War Cake)

War Cake a.k.a. Poor Man's Cake

War Cake a.k.a. Poor Man’s Cake

Hazelnut Coconut Fruitcake

Hazelnut Coconut Fruitcake just out of the oven

Hazelnut Coconut Fruitcake fresh from the oven.

Brandied Pineapple Cream Cheese Fruitcake

Pineapple Fruitcake single slice shown on white plate

Pineapple Fruitcake

Apricot Light Fruitcake

Apricot Fruitcake

Apricot Fruitcake

UPDATE! Two new additions for 2017!

Rum Raisin Fruitcake

Rum Raisin Fruitcake

Rum Raisin Fruitcake

Apricot & Brandy Fruitcake

Apricot & Brandy Fruitcake

Apricot & Brandy Fruitcake

2019 UPDATE.  A new smaller fruitcake that’s quick, easy and budget friendly. Find our new Fruitcake Loaf Cake here.

Fruitcake Loaf Cake close up of cut cake and slice on white plate

Fruitcake Loaf Cake

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Christmas Tourtière slice shown on a white and gold plate copy
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Close up photo of finished Christmas Hot Cross Buns on a wire rack.
Christmas Hot Cross Buns

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Vivian Slaney

Monday 7th of December 2020

I have tried several off your recipes.Loved all of them.

Susan Teisher

Monday 30th of November 2020

For the Peach Fruit cake, it calls for cherries. Do you use glace, maraschino, or another type of canned cherries? Thank you!

Peach Fruitcake. A decades old family recipe for a moist light fruitcake. | Som2ny Network

Monday 30th of November 2020

[…] So, happy baking this Holiday season. I hope you dredge up some old memories from Christmases past. They, like the peach fruitcake can be both comforting and tasty.If you like this recipe, be sure to check out our entire collection of Favourite Newfoundland Christmas Cakes here. […]


Sunday 29th of November 2020

I love all your recipes. Do you have any new 2020 x mas recipes? Cake, cookies, etc. Thank you.

Brenda Hiebert

Saturday 31st of October 2020

Last year (2019) I made your Christmas Pudding recipe. It was fabulous. I may have gone overboard on the rum in step 13 but it was gobbled up anyway. I subscribe to your newsletter and have used many of your other recipes. Never had a fail.

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