Karleen’s Fruit Cake Recipe

Karleen’s Fruit Cake recipe uses Goodman’s Almond and Goodman’s Pineapple Flavor to create a delicious cake that will be enjoyed by everyone!


Karleen’s Fruit Cake

Forget the jokes, this is delicious!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Goodman’s Almond Flavor, Goodman’s Natural Pineapple Extract
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 3 loaves


  • 1 ½ pounds pitted dates
  • 1 pound candied pineapple
  • 1 pound candied cherries
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp Goodman's Almond
  • 1 tsp Goodman's Pineapple
  • 2 pounds whole pecans
  • white corn syrup


  • Grease pans well.
  • Line with baking paper cut to fit.
  • Spray paper with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  • Save out some cherries and pecans for decorating loaves.
  • Cut dates and pineapple into a bowl, kitchen shears work well.
  • Add cherries.
  • Mix together flour, baking powder and salt and add to fruit.
  • Mix well until fruit is coated.
  • With the mixer, beat 4 eggs until frothery.
  • Gradually mix in 1 cup sugar and Goodman's Almond and Pineapple Flavors.
  • Add to fruit mixture and mix well (by hand).
  • Add pecans and mix with hands until nuts are evenly coated with batter.
  • Pack firmly into pans.
  • Shift around to fill holes.
  • Decorate top with rows of cherries and pecans.
  • Bake for 1 ½ hours.
  • When done, top should be dry, but not brown.
  • If you're not sure if it is done, bake a few more minutes. Over baking does no harm.
  • Cool 5 minutes on a rack and turn out.
  • Brush with corn syrup and store in an air tight container.


It’s hard to tell when it is done. Try sticking in a toothpick and drawing it out or tapping on it for firmness.
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