Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on Time
25 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours
Serves 16 (serving size: 1 slice)

For a milder apple flavor, use regular brandy.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Combine first 3 ingredients and 1/2 cup brandy in a medium glass bowl. Microwave at HIGH 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute. Set aside.

Step 3

Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours and next 6 ingredients (through allspice) in a bowl; stir well.

Step 4

Place 4 tablespoons butter, oil, granulated sugar, and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended. Add eggs and egg white, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add ginger and orange rind; beat 30 seconds. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Fold in cherry mixture, apple, pear, and pecans.

Step 5

Spoon batter into a 10-inch Bundt pan coated with baking spray; smooth top with a spatula. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 20 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan; cool completely.

Step 6

Combine remaining 1/4 cup brandy, remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, and remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until reduced to 1/4 cup, stirring well. Drizzle over cake.

Ratings & Reviews

biajdevi's Review

March 10, 2013

Tjanlb's Review

January 23, 2013

BethCooks4U's Review

December 25, 2012
We followed the recipe exactly, except that we couldn't find Pink Lady apples so we substituted Gala apples. It might be our new favorite fruitcake! It has a light, delicious texture. The cake is delicous by itself, but the Calvados glaze makes it extra special.

krazdoctor's Review

December 17, 2012

AkToni's Review

December 09, 2012
Delicious! I love this cake with real fruit and my favorite dried fruit. I substituted chopped, dried apricots for the raisins. Making this again for gifts.

swboxford's Review

December 08, 2012