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White Chocolate Chunk Fruitcake

Yield one 9" fruitcake
The wooden pick test won't accurately indicate when this cake is done. Use your fruitcake intuition--the cake is done when it rises to stand firm in the pan and has a golden crust on top.


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup cashews, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup candied diced orange peel
  • 1 (3-ounce) package dried cranberries

How to Make It

  1. Grease a 9" x 5" x 3" loafpan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour wax paper. Set aside.

  2. Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add brown sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.

  3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Fold in white chocolate and remaining ingredients. (Batter will be very chunky and thick.)

  4. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake at 300° for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Run a sharp knife around edge of pan to loosen fruitcake; cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes. Remove cake from pan; peel off wax paper. Cool completely on wire rack.

Christmas with Southern Living 1996