American Fruit Cake (Stained Glass Window Cake) Recipe

Stained Glass Window Cake is wrapped and tied with ribbon, makes an attractive homemade Christmas gift for family or friends.


Makes one 23 cm ring cake

  • 1 cup glace cherries
  • 1/2 cup chopped glace apricots 
  • 1/4 cup chopped glace pineapple
  • 1/4 cup chopped glace ginger
  • 1 cup brazil nuts
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 tbsp Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 60 g butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam
  • 1 tsp Grand Marnier, extra


1. Brush a 20 cm ring tin with oil or incited butter, line base and sides with baking paper. Place glace fruits and nuts in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle Grand Marnier over fruit and nuts, combine. Leave to stand for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

2. Add sifted flour and baking powder to mixing bowl. Whisk butter, egg and sugar together, add to fruit and nut mixture and stir until combined.

3. Spoon into prepared tin and smooth surface with a wetted hand. Bake in a preheated, moderately slow 160°C oven for 1 hours or until cake is firm to the touch. Leave cake in tin for 30 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool.

4. Warm jam in small pan or in a microwave until liquid. Strain through a small sieve; stir in Grand Marnier. Brush over top and sides of cake while jam mixture is still warm.

Storage time – Cake will keep in an airtight container in tile refrigerator for a period of up to three months.

Variation – Other fruits, such as glace peaches, or nuts such as pecans or hazelnuts, may be used, if desired. Serve cake thinly sliced.


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