Today we’re preparing a bundt that is especially tailored to the winter and holiday seasons, featuring ‘warming’ and ‘rustic’ flavors carried on a background of rum and vanilla. Pair this with a hot coco, coffee, or tea, and you’ve got a seasonal combination that couldn’t be better.
Why You’ll Love Today’s Bundt
1) Christmas In A Loaf. From cinnamon and citrus, to cherries, rum, and toasted nuts, today’s bundt combines all of your favorite Christmas flavors in a single, easy to prep loaf. This also pairs great with spiced or peppermint whipped cream, or cinnamon syrup, or even warmed maple syrup.
2) Bake Ahead. This loaf keeps excellently wrapped in plastic wrap and tin foil for up to four days at room temperature, or up to a week in the fridge, meaning that you can bake this over the weekend, and have it throughout the week to come.
3) Simple Baking Process. No specialized tools or baking processes are required to prepare today 's recipe, making it accessible to home bakers of all skill levels.
What You’ll Need
1) A Bundt Pan – Not a Barrier to Entry. Naturally, to achieve the shape you see in the pictures you’ll need a bundt pan. However, if you don’t have one, feel free to use a loaf pan.
2) Food Processor. You’ll need a food processor to properly chop and combine the fruit, nuts, and orange rind. However, if you don’t own one, or are feeling like doing things the old fashioned way, you can replace the food processor with a sharp knife and some patience.
Ingredients Tips, Notes, and Substitutions
1) Maraschino Cherries vs Fresh vs Dried. Let’s be real and admit that maraschino cherries are pretty much what most people think of when they think ‘cherries,’ those delightful firetruck red ‘confections’ that simply ooze sugary red syrup, and ‘burst’ in your mouth with bountiful ‘sugar cherry’ flavor, such that you can swear “That’s what red tastes like.” However, they are probably closer to ‘candy’ than they are to ‘cherries.’ So, what if you wanted to be a bit more ‘natural’ and replace them with either the fresh or dried version of the ‘real’ thing? The answer is a resounding “Feel Free.” That said, there are a few things worth noting. First, the reason I’m using maraschino cherries is for a ‘brighter’ more ‘intense’ cherry flavor, and for decoration, since they simply ‘look’ precious when cutting the cake. Second, be warned that swapping out dried or pitted fresh cherries ‘will’ dial back the cake’s sweetness a fair few notches (this is doubly true with dried cherries), and they simply won’t ‘look’ as nice – but again, this is all preference.
2) Rum and its Substitutes. While nothing tastes quite as good as the real thing, there are a few decent substations to rum if you so choose, or if you don’t have it on hand. First and foremost is ‘simple syrup’ flavored with rum extract, or you could use simple syrup flavored with almond extract. In both cases, use the same four tablespoons of total liquid as outlined in the ingredient list. Conversely, you could also use white grape juice – again the same four tablespoons as outlined below. I wouldn’t use apple juice or cider for this particular recipe, although those are typically considered acceptable rum substitutes in baking.
3) The Dried Fruit – Do’s and Don’ts. You want to use dried fruit that is inherently ‘fleshy’ and ‘sweet’ (such as dried apricots), and that does not have a skin that might peel or flake (low or improperly stored quality dates), or copious amounts of small seeds (dried figs). You also don’t want dried fruit that is overly tart or ‘harsh’ on the palate (such as dried cranberries). Instead you want sweet and warming flavors, free of peeling skin, and small seeds – such as those used today.
Some of My Favorite Bundts
1) White Chocolate and Pumpkin Bundt. An elegant yet decadent bundt, this cake is a perfect centerpiece for a seasonal dessert spread.
2) Chocolate and Nutella Bundt. This bundt is a essentially chocolate on chocolate, with a medley of nutty goodness from the Nutella.
3) Chocolate Oreo Bundt. Chocolate cake and crumbled Oreo cookies combine to create a super moist, super decadent loaf.Print
Dried Fruit Bundt Cake #BundtBakers
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 1 bundt cake 1x
- 1 cup water plus 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter - softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4 tbs. rum
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tbs. grated orange rind
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup pitted dates
- 1/2 cup dried apricots
- 6 - 10 maraschino cherries - rinsed and patted dry
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Powdered sugar - for dusting
- Preheat Oven 350 degrees F.
- Combine the dried fruit, nuts, orange rind, rinsed maraschino cherries and chocolate chips in a food processor and give a few good chops.
- Bring the orange juice and water mixture to a gentle boil and pour over the oats and set aside.
- Cream the butter and the sugar until light. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and rum.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and add to the batter alternately with the oats.
- Stir in the dried fruits, nuts and chips into the batter.
- Generously butter the bundt pan.
- Place the batter into the bundt pan.
- Bake 35 – 40 minutes or until the toothpick test comes out clean.
- Let the cake rest on a cooling rack 10 – 15 before removing from the pan.
- Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
- Serving Size: 1
Be sure to visit all the lovely bundts from our bakers this month and thank you to our hostess this month, Stacy from Food Lust People Love!
- Applejack Bundt Cake from Palatable Pastime
- Cake aux Fruit Bundt from Patyco Candybar
- Cranberry and Apricot Fruit Bundt Cake from Making Miracles
- Dried Fruit Bundt Cake from Living the Gourmet
- Gram's Famous Fruit Cake from Food Lust People Love
- Macadamia and Tropical Fruit Bundt Cake from All That's Left Are The Crumbs
- Sorrel/Hibiscus Fruit Cake from Sneha's Recipe
- Spiced Rum Cake from A Day in the Life on the Farm
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#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.
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Great recipe, I love it!
A Merry Christmas to you and your family!!
Wendy Klik says
A perfect holiday cake. Have a wonderful celebration.
DAVID J MYERS says
Catherine, While I'm not a fan of the traditional Holiday fruit cakes, this bundt cake version looks and sounds much more appealing! I love bundt cake anyway so the variation works for me... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave
I have to make this for my family. We love fruits in desserts like this. They add such a tasty kick.
Sure, you could make a fruit cake without the bright red cherries, but somehow, like Rudolph's red nose, they shout Christmas, as doesn't your lovely cake!
We usually buy different traditional cakes every Christmas like the bundt cake. I would love to bake this one, looks so delicious....
Ashley R says
Why do I love the shape of a Bundt cake so much? I think its so cute. I cant wait to try this out.
Catherine Santiago Jose says
Fruit cake is one of my favorite dessert to eat and this Dried Fruit Bundt Cake of yours really makes my heart happy once I taste it, it looks really delicious!
I've actually never tried a fruit cake before. This one sounds like something I'd enjoy! I'll have to try it.
Kristine Nicole Alessandra says
I love fruit cake and this is the season when I can get them in abundance. Unfortunately, I am the only one in my family that loves fruit cake. My husband says, "You are one of the rare species on the planet that loves fruit cake." I don't care! I love it and I am going to try your recipe. More cake for me and me alone! Yay!
Yeah Lifestyle says
Never made dried fruit bundt cake before but this looks lovely. I do have extra dried fruits from my fruit cake and plan to make this for the New Year party at home
Amy H says
I love that this can be made in advance! This is perfect for the holiday parites