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Spiced Pecan Fruit Cake

  • Prep Time: 10 min + 24 hrs to soak fruit
  • Cook Time: 1 hr 5 min
  • Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 1 Loaf

The winter holidays wouldn't be the same without a tray of fruit cake so whip up this recipe for Spiced Pecan Fruit Cake and be the hero at your next holiday party.

Spiced Pecan Fruit Cake made with Simple Mills Pumpkin Muffin & Bread Mix


1 cup fresh or dried cranberries
1/2 cup candied orange peel
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup dark rum (optional; may replace with extra orange juice)
1 box Simple Mills Pumpkin Muffin & Bread Mix
3 eggs
3/4 cup water
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
1/4 cup pecans, chopped


TOSS the dried cranberries and candied orange peel with orange juice and rum.
COVER and chill for at least 24 hours.
PREPARE the cake (after the fruit has been chilled 24 hours): 
PREHEAT oven to 325ºF and grease an 8x4 inch loaf pan.
REMOVE the soaked cranberries and orange peel from the fridge and drain, reserving the rum and orange juice liquid for later use.
PREPARE Simple Mills Pumpkin Muffin & Bread Mix mix according to instructions on the box to make a loaf.
FOLD the chopped pecans and soaked fruit into the batter, reserving about 1/4 cup for the topping. 
POUR the batter into a lightly greased loaf pan and smooth into an even layer. 
TOP with reserved fruits and pecans.
BAKE for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, loosely cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for an additional 35 minutes.
BRUSH the cake while still hot from the oven with 1 tablespoon of the reserved rum mixture. 
LET COOL for 10 minutes.
REMOVE cake from pan, invert and brush the entire cake with an additional 2 to 4 tablespoons of the rum-orange juice liquid. 
LET COOL completely. Once cooled, wrap with aluminum foil. 
REFRIGERATE for at least 2 hours.


This cake's boozy flavor becomes more pronounced with time. Allow to set in the fridge for 24 hours for an extra hint of rum.