Mixed Fruit Vanilla Cake

Vanilla fruit cake
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  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 1 cake (24 to 36 servings)

Technically, this is a fruitcake, but it's far from the traditional fruitcake. Instead of candied fruit, this one uses dried fruits including cranberries, cherries, strawberries, and blueberries for a new taste in each bite. Fruited cream cheese frosting is the literal and figurative icing on the cake!

If you dry your own fruit throughout the year, this makes a lovely way to enjoy them around the holidays. If you don't dry your own fruit, though, you can browse the bulk bins at the grocery or specialty market for a variety of delicious dried fruit options. Most markets sell bags of mixed dried fruits so you don't need to buy individual bags of each fruit. If you are allergic to a particular fruit, feel free to omit it and substitute it with another. You may also substitute the total amount of dried mixed fruits with a single dried fruit.

Depending on how you cut the cake, you can get 24 or more servings. If you cut it into squares, however, you'll get far fewer servings but potentially bigger pieces.


  • For the Cake:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (melted but cooled to room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cups dried mixed fruit of your choosing (coarsely chopped into 1/2-inch pieces)
  • For the Frosting:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dried mixed fruit of your choosing
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

Steps to Make It

Make the Cake

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour hot water over the dried fruit to cover. Let steep to plump—about 15 minutes—and then drain thoroughly.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9 by 13-inch pan with non-stick foil.

  4. In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter, sour cream, milk, eggs, and vanilla extract until smooth. Set aside.

  5. In a smaller bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg until combined.

  6. Add the flour mixture to wet ingredients in the large bowl. Stir just until combined. Fold in the chopped dried fruit.

  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing to even it. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out cleanly and the top is lightly browned.

  8. Completely cool cake to room temperature before frosting.

Make the Frosting

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Cut butter and cream cheese into 1-inch chunks and place in the food processor. Add vanilla extract, chopped dried fruit, and confectioners' sugar. Process until smooth and spread the frosting evenly over the cooled cake.

  3. Refrigerate 1 hour to set frosting.

  4. Serve cake at room temperature and enjoy!