A modern twist to the traditional Fruit Cake Loaf, our Brown Sugar and date Fruit Cake Loaf is a decadent treat perfect for intimate gatherings or other special occasions.
New year, new Fruit Cake Loaf! If you’re tired of biting into stiff Fruit Cake slices and looking for a moist loaf cake recipe that not only tastes good but has an amazing whip appeal, then you need to try our fig and brown sugar Fruit Cake Loaf.
From the first bite, you’ll feel like this is the best homemade Fruit Cake recipe you’ve ever tasted, and its heady aroma of ground cinnamon, pecans, walnuts, and cherries will take your nose for a spin.
Why You Will Love This Fruit Cake Loaf
- Holiday favorite
- Super moist
- Reheat friendly
- A sweet treat
Our inspiration for the Fruit Cake Loaf was our Fruit Cake Bites. We created these chocolatey bite-size morsels more for festive parties with a modern feel.
Then I figured, you can’t create an epic Fruit Cake Bite recipe without whipping up the real thing and thus I went back to the drawing board.
The difference between the two holiday Fruit Cake recipes is the loaf has a more nutty, sweet flavoring, and the Fruit Cake Bites have a zest, sweet flavoring.
The Fruit Cake Bites have an orange juice-to-sugar pairing, while our Fruit Cake Loaf incorporates the heavy undertones of figs, pecans, and chopped walnuts. This is perfect because if you set both out on a platter, you’ll receive a 2-for-1 deal where everyone is happy at the end!
How to Make Fruit Cake Loaf
Loaf Fruit Cake recipes are easy to pull together. Here’s what you will need:
- Loaf pan
- Baking spray
- Mixing bowls
- Cooling Rack
- Large plate
For full instructions, please view the recipe card below:
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Using a large bowl, whisk together all your ingredients until smooth.
- Next, fold in your orange zest and then pour batter into the loaf pan.
- Bake the loaf for approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes then remove and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
- Gently release your loaf from the loaf pan using a butter knife, while flipping the loaf onto a plate.
- Once removed, flip the loaf upright and slice.
If you love this fruit cake, be sure to try my fruit cake bites!
Fruit Cake Tips
Now, a couple of tips to keep in mind. Make sure to prep this loaf well ahead of serving time. Let all those fantastic flavors settle in and release their amazing fragrance. You know, fruit cake sometimes gets a bad rep for being too solid and dense, but we want those flavors to shine, right?
Oh, and here’s a secret for you – because this Fruit Cake Loaf is dense, it’s best to underbake it just a bit. During the cooling time, it’ll keep on baking, giving you a tender and chewy inside. Plus, trust me, Fruit Cakes taste even better after chilling. So with this slight underbaking, they’ll stay soft and delightful even after a few hours in the fridge, leaving your guests totally impressed with your top-notch Fruit Cake baking skills!Print