Thursday, December 14, 2006

Grandmama Lavender's Icebox Fruitcake

Here's a real fruitcake recipe. It's my grandmother's no-bake fruitcake. And it's delicious.


  • One box (approx. 12 oz.) of vanilla wafers

  • One pound of candied cherries (red and/or green)

  • One can (approx. 14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)

  • One cup raisins

  • One cup coconut

  • One cup pecans


  1. Finely crush vanilla wafers. A food processor works great!

  2. In a large bowl, add the vanilla wafers, sweetened condensed milk.

  3. Hand mix until wafers are moistened.

  4. Add remaining ingredients.

  5. Mix well by hand.

  6. Press mixture into a buttered tube pan.

  7. Cover

  8. Refrigerate overnight, until firm.

Keep it refrigerated, as it will spoil. This isn't your traditional fruitcake. It's so, so much better!


  1. I love things made simple and may try this for a family get-together. You should've entered the contest at! Thanks for sharing and thanks for putting up with Basil! ;)

  2. I can just hear your voice in this post! This sounds really good except for the candied cherries part...I don't think I like cherries except for the ones that get put in a cherry pie. Could it be made without the cherries? Will that mess up the texture?
    Oh, and thanks for putting up with Basil. I don't know how you do it on a daily basis...

  3. Linda:
    I have just finished making my cake for Christmas and it's in the fridge so all the flavors can get aquainted. I coarsly chopped the nuts and cut the cherries into quarters although you can leave them all whole. You will probably need to get into it with your hands to get it well mixed but it doesn't take long at all. Let me know how it turns out. Merry Christmas!!

  4. Hey Big Sis!!
    These cherries are like the ones in chocolate covered cherries but you don't have to use them. If you like the mixed fruitcake fruit you can use that. I don't like the green and yellow candied pineapple so I love this recipe. You could substitute more raisins or nuts and it will still turn out fine.

    I had my kids make this fruitcake as a Christmas project in one of my home economics classes. One of the girls didn't like coconut because it reminded her of toenails (I'll never look at coconut again without thinking of Amanda) so she just left it out. Her family loved it! Let me know how it turns out if you decide to try it!! Merry Christmas!! Love y'all!!

  5. I had a home ec. teacher who made me make this, and it is great!! heehee!

  6. Sissy:
    I can tell by your comment that you were the perfect student:)

  7. And I had the perfect teacher!!!


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