Skip the boring fruit cake and make these tasty Fruit Cake Bites instead! They’re easy to make and they’re a fun and festive treat!
Fruit cake has a bit of a negative reputation, and it’s often the butt of holiday jokes. But forget the sterotypes- this dessert can be fun and festive! Fruit Cake Bites truly are a quirky bout of fun. They resemble othing like traditional Fruit Cake but looks can be deceiving. On the inside of these bite-size squares, you have a moist cake rich with cinnamon, brown sugar, raisins, and chopped cherries.
Why You Will Love These Fruit Cake Bites
- Chocolate outside
- Zesty and sweet
- Easy to prepare in batches
Hands down one of the best homemade fruit cake recipes you’ll find, our Fruit Cake Bites takes dullness out of the fruit cake equation and hits you with notes of orange juice, vanilla, pecans, and ginger! Like our Christmas Sugar Cookies Fudge, I want to put a spin on a traditional holiday favorite.
For these Fruit Cake Bites, I went with orange zest for a citrusy flavoring that would blend with the array of spices in Fruit Cake- and the pairing works! When placed alongside the dates, you get a sweet blend and when blending with cinnamon and ginger you get warm complimentary notes that are not competing.
The same goes for the red and green cherries, which at first, I thought was not a wise decision, but when creamed with the sugar and butter, has such a rich taste that it makes you want to eat the mix right off the spoon.
How to Make Fruit Cake Bites
Before getting started you will need the following on hand:
- 9 x 13 baking pan
- Parchment paper
- Baking spray
- Mixing bowls
- Metal slotted spoon
As well as a toothpick, knife, and cooling rack.
For full instructions, please view the recipe card below:
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Line the baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- Using a mixing bowl and a whisk, whisk together your ingredients until creamed.
- Pour the batter into your baking dish and bake for approximately 1 hour or until moist.
- Once done, allow to cool on a cooling rack before slicing into 35 1-inch square.
- Next, dip each square into your melted chocolate and then immediately transfer to your parchment paper.
- Place in fridge to allow to stiffen or place back on the cooling rack.
A simple Fruit Cake recipe doesn’t have to be boring or bland. Our holiday Fruit Cake Bites are a perfect example of what you can create! From here, you can set them out on a platter or drizzle them with additional toppings!
Now, the thing I do want to mention is the prepping of this dish 1 to 2 days before serving. This is because the 6 seasonings, plus orange juice and sugar need a chance to settle into the cake, making it much better the next day after it has settled.
Also, consider storing in the fridge as this dish tastes heavenly after being chilled for a few hours- double if you pair it with a caramel drizzle.
Lastly, during your prep work, we recommend not to over mix the batter. It is understandable should you feel you need to overmix to fully blend all the ingredients but trust me- a minute or two of each step will be all that you need to make these Fruit Cake Bites turn out perfect.
And should you want to leave out the pecans, that’s not a problem! You can prepare this Fruit Cake without nuts without the risk of losing any flavor.
One of the best Fruit Cake recipes ever to have been created, you will be glad you stumbled across this treat- and p.s., so will your guests!Print