Fox Recipe Box: My Mother’s Drunken Fruit Cake

CLEVELAND, Oh -- Fruit cake stirs up quite a variety of reactions, but this recipe might just change a few minds.

Karen Monath is the Associate Dean of Tri-C's Hospitality Management Program and she says all fruit cakes are 'not' made the same. Chef Karen shared her mother's cherished recipe and showed Fox 8's Kristi Capel why a slice of this cake may make you think twice about fruit cake.

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Yield 5 each 8”x4”x2 ½” loaves

2 c. granulated sugar
1 lb. butter
10 eggs – separated
1 c. peach juice
6c. all purpose flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
4 c. mixed candied fruit
2 c. candied cherries – ½ red and ½ green – leave whole
2 c. candied pineapple 3 slices each of red and green – cut with scissors into small pieces
2 c. dates – dice with scissors
2 c. coconut
2 c. raisins
4 c. walnuts - chopped
2 tsp. orange extract
2 tsp. lemon extract
2 ½ c. Peach or Apricot Brandy


  • Mix together peach juice, lemon extract and orange extract – set aside
  • Sift dry ingredients (baking powder, salt and flour) – set aside
  • Beat egg whites to a stiff peak and set aside
  • Cream sugar and butter in mixer
  • Add egg yolks one at a time into mixer
  • Add sifted ingredients alternating with peach juice mixture and mix well
  • Fold in candied fruits, dates, coconut, raisins and walnuts
  • Fold in stiff egg whites
  • Fill well-greased loaf pans (8”x4”x2 ½”D) ¾ full
  • Bake at 325’F for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Place a toothpick through the center of the loaf and when the toothpick comes out clean/dry, the cakes are finished
  • Remove from loaf pan and let cool on cooling rack
  • Wrap each loaf in cheese cloth individually
  • Store in an air tight container in a cool place – not refrigerated
  • Remove each loaf and drizzle each loaf with 1 oz. peach or apricot brandy.
  • Store for another week and repeat weekly for 4 weeks