Mini Confection Fruit Cupcake Appetizers
party tray appetizers with Brazil nuts, Dates and Maraschino cherries


I am not a fan of fruit cake, my husband urged me to make one. I saw this recipe in a local newspaper and decided to give it a go. I opted to bake them in mini muffin cups. To my surprise, this is the best recipe! I like to serve them on a Christmas party tray.. they can be wrapped in cellophane for gift favors too, or enjoy them any time of the year.

Mini Confection Fruit Cake
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Prep Time: 20 min    Total Time: 20 min    Yield: 40 cupcakes, approx.


3 cups Brazil nuts, pecans or walnuts toasted and roughly chopped
3 cups pitted dates roughly chopped
1 cup maraschino cherries
3/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
foil-lined mini muffin baking cups
Brandy (optional)


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl place nuts, dates and cherries (reserve a few halved cherries to garnish tops of each muffin). Sift flour with sugar, baking powder and salt over the fruit mixture. Mix well to coat all ingredients.

In a separate bowl beat eggs until frothy; add vanilla. Pour the egg mixture over the fruit; mix well.

Place baking cups in muffin tins and spoon in batter. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until done when tested with a toothpick.

If you prefer, you can put the batter into a greased, wax paper lined 9-1/2 x 5-1/2 x 2-1/2-inch loaf baking pan and bake for 1-3/4 hours. When cooled sprinkle with brandy. You can serve immediately or freeze (if they will last that long...they're good). This is an outstanding truly easy gourmet cake recipe.

For a special presentation serve with Kahlua in a martini glass... check it out ...

wine Wine recommendation: Port

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