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Ultimate Nut Fruitcake – using 5 different delicious nuts!

Ultimate Nut Fruitcake. Using 5 different delicious nuts! This recipe uses hazelnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts and pecans in the cake. It’s then topped by a sweet almond marzipan layer in the ultimate fruitcake for those who can’t get enough of crunchy nuts.

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

Ultimate Nut Fruitcake

What makes the Ultimate Nut Fruitcake? That’s easy; plenty of crunchy nuts and a lot of different types of them.

I’ve used 4 different types in this recipe plus a homemade almond marzipan layer to complete this cake to nutty perfection.

How to make Homemade Marzipan

How to make Homemade Marzipan

You can, of course, substitute any nuts you like but always toast them first to get the best crunchy flavour out of them.

Ultimate Nut Fruitcake finished and decorated with fondant

Ultimate Nut Fruitcake

I had only myself in mind when developing this recipe based upon my very popular Old English Fruitcake, but it will appeal to nut lovers everywhere.

This one relies on a cooked date base and simplifies the recipe a little but still has great, well spiced flavour to compliment all those nuts. 

Hazelnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts and pecans for Ultimate Nut Fruitcake

Roasted hazelnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts and pecans.

The finishing touches for the Ultimate Nut Fruitcake.

I chose not to soak this cake in rum, brandy or whiskey like I usually do for fruitcakes. The reason was to maintain as much of the crunchiness of the nuts for as long as possible in the cake.

You can of course do a soaking of your favourite spirit if you prefer, just use the instructions included in my recipe for Bourbon Apple Fruitcake.

Close up of fondant leaves decorating this Ultimate Nut Fruitcake

Close up of fondant leaves

Since this was going to be a specialty fruitcake and because it was going to include a layer of Homemade Marzipan I also decided to cover the entire cake in a layer of fondant icing.

You can also find the recipe for the Easy Marshmallow Fondant here.

This is a traditional thing to do in the UK . You can always buy the fondant to roll out but you can also make an Easy Marshmallow Fondant and flavour that with almond extract.

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Ultimate Nut Fruitcake

If you are a lover of all sorts of crunchy nuts, like me, I know you will return to this recipe year after year. Enjoy!

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Ultimate Nut Fruitcake slioce on plate with gold leaf, Christmas tree ornaments in background.
Yield: 40 or more servings depending on slice sizes

Ultimate Nut Fruitcake - using 5 different delicious nuts!

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Ultimate Nut Fruitcake - using 5 different delicious nuts! This recipe uses almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, walnuts and pecans in the cake and is topped by a sweet almond marzipan layer for the ultimate fruitcake for those who can't get enough of crunchy nuts.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz dates, chopped, about 3 cups, by weight
  • 3 cups raisins
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • ½ cup coffee liqueur, or ½ cup strong black coffee
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • Zest and juice of 2 oranges
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup ground hazelnuts or almonds
  • 8 oz glace cherries
  • 8 oz candied citrus peel, or mixed place fruit if you prefer
  • 3/4 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup toasted macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup toasted almonds, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Lightly grease and line a 10 inch springform pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large saucepan melt the butter over medium heat and add the raisins, dates, brown sugar, molasses, spices, coffee liqueur (or coffee) and the orange zest and juice.
  3. Bring to a gentle boil and very slowly simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 30-45 minutes.
  5. When cool stir in the beaten eggs.
  6. Sift together, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda.
  7. Add the ground nuts to the sifted flour mixture and fold through the boiled mixture.
  8. Fold in cherries, citrus peel and all of the nuts.
  9. Pour into prepared baking pan. You can decorate the top with additional nuts, cherries etc., if you like.
  10. Bake at 300 degrees F for up to 2 hours or longer depending upon the size of your pan. Mine took the full two hours in a 10 inch spring form pan.The cake should feel firm to the touch at the center and a wooden toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean. The cake should be cooled completely in the pan on a wire rack before removing.
  11. At this point you can poke small holes in the top and bottom of the cake with a fork and pour on 4 ounces of dark rum or your favorite whiskey, half on the top, wait ten minutes, then flip it over and pour the remaining half on the bottom.
  12. Soak several layers of cheesecloth in additional rum if you like and wrap completely around the cake, then cover with several layers of plastic wrap and store in a COOL place.
  13. When serving, you can add a layer of marzipan or if you have decorated the top with fruit and nuts, brush with a simple glaze of equal parts water and sugar boiled together for about 10-15 minutes.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

40

Serving Size

1 This is a large cake meant to be served in small pieces. There are easily 40 portions or more.

Amount Per Serving Calories 288Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 23mgSodium 77mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 3gSugar 32gProtein 4g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Francine Payne

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

I like the white (icing)on the cake what is it exactly and how do I achieve the same look

Bev Car

Friday 2nd of November 2018

When I cook my Christmas Cake, I put a baking dish of water underneath on a lower rail. Half way through cooking time, I put over brown paper to cover the top of cake.

As soon as cake comes out of the oven, I pour brandy all over the now sizzling cake. Then wrap in brown paper & large beach towel, leaving overnight before turning out of the tin.

I like your idea of wrapping the cake with alcohol soaked cheesecloth & several layers of plastic wrap before storing.

Zinah

Sunday 11th of December 2016

I made the Ultimate Nut Fruitcake last night exactly the way your recipe calls for. The cake is kinda hard on the outside. I don't want to soak in alcohol. Can you tell me what to do. Would greatly appreciate. Thanks

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 14th of December 2016

It just needs to age for a while. Wrap it in multiple layers of plastic wrap and leave it for a week. It should be fine.

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