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Light Applesauce Fruitcake

Published April 28, 2008        by Nicole

Fruitcake Recipe
Photo Credit: fruitcake by Elana Amsterdam, on Flickr

To make light applesauce fruitcake, it isn't as complicated as one might imagine.


  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 2 eggs, at room temperature

  • 2 tsp. vanilla

  • 2 cups pitted dates, chopped course

  • 3 cups applesauce

  • 2 cups walnuts, chopped coarse

  • 2 cups raisins

  • 2 cups mixed candied fruit, chopped coarse

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves

  • 1 tbsp. baking soda

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour


Cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, along with the vanilla. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until all is incorporated. Divide the batter among 3 greased loaf pans, approximately 8 x 4 x 3 inches each.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove to a cooling rack. When cool enough to handle, remove the loaves from the pans and cool completely on the rack. Wrap in plastic wrap and keep in the freezer.

It's almost like giving a fruit basket all in one dessert!