Easy Japanese Recipes


Fruitcake Recipe | JustOneCookbook.comThis fruitcake recipe came from my best friend Yukako who lives in Osaka, Japan.  She also gave me the banana bread recipe over 10 years ago and it’s been my favorite banana bread since then.  I hope you enjoy these yummy treats and have a wonderful weekend!

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Serves: 1 Loaf
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cup dried fruit mix (I use Trader Joe’s dried fruit mix)
  • 3 eggs, keep them at room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking powder, sifted
  • 10 ½ Tbsp. butter, melted
  1. In a small saucepan, cook water and sugar on high heat. After boiling, add dried fruit mix and cook for 1-2 minutes. Drain well and set aside to cool down. Squeeze water out and pat dry with paper towel.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Place a piece of parchment paper in the baking dish and spray oil.
  3. Beat eggs and sugar in the stand mixer until it gets fluffy.
  4. Slowly stir in flour and baking powder.
  5. Add the butter and mix.
  6. Add the dried fruits and mix. Then pour the mixture into the baking dish.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Cool down on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Then remove the cake from the baking dish by pulling out the parchment paper. You can serve on the same day; however, it tastes much better the following day. If you want to wait for a day, wrap the cake tightly in saran wrap when the cake is completely cool. Leave it at the room temperature till next day.
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  • Beth Michelle April 2, 2011, 2:11 am

    Looks so yummy and pretty! I always love your great photos! This Reminds me of this bread I just bought the other day but had marzipan running through it too!

    • Nami April 2, 2011, 1:48 pm

      Hi Beth! I’m not a baker, but once in a while I try to bake if the recipe is easy enough for me to follow… This picture was taken by point & shoot. Can you tell the difference? =P

  • Priya April 2, 2011, 4:25 am

    Looks lovely Nami! Love the loaf shape rather than the usual round one.

    • Nami April 2, 2011, 2:00 pm

      Thanks Priya!

  • Peggy April 2, 2011, 6:36 am

    This is one of the best looking fruitcakes I’ve ever seen!

    Definitely different from those ugly ones you find at the stores around Christmas!

    • Nami April 2, 2011, 2:02 pm

      Hahaha thanks Peggy! =D I think if I bake enough I would know the trick to make it even nicer…but…this taste is excellent!

  • Yukako April 2, 2011, 7:09 am

    I’m glad that you liked the cake this much! I also baked this recently. Once your kids get older, try with rum syrup :)
    I’ll share some other baking recipes with you again!

    • Nami April 2, 2011, 2:07 pm

      You know how often we bake banana bread? Once a week! Kids LOVE it and when they love it they want the same thing. I used to bake banana bread because no one ate ripe banana, but now we purposely buy yellow banana so they will become ripe faster. Yes, more recipes please!

  • Dee April 2, 2011, 2:37 pm

    This looks so good! See, you can bake :) Baby steps! I like how your pictures always look like the cover a cookbook.

    • Nami April 2, 2011, 4:04 pm

      Hi Dee! Hahaha thanks! It has to be simple enough… But this year I’m going to work on baking. Well, I just decided… I should! I got to know so many great bakers like you!

  • Sandra April 2, 2011, 4:23 pm

    This looks so much better than the dry as dust commercial fruitcakes. Great job Nami!

    • Nami April 2, 2011, 8:06 pm

      Thanks Sandra!

  • Mika April 2, 2011, 4:32 pm

    I’m really glad to hear that you decide to bake more this year! I should stop by your house more often now ; )

    • Nami April 2, 2011, 8:08 pm

      Wanna be my guinea pig? :-)

  • Firefly April 3, 2011, 2:22 pm

    I love this recipe, it’s easy and the fruitcake looks so yummy! See you can bake and bake yummy :) Love it :)

    • Nami April 4, 2011, 1:37 am

      Hi Suzana! Hehehe… I can bake something that there is no room for mistake… I was disappointed that I couldn’t make the flat pancakes this weekend as our schedule was so full. Hmm maybe I will cook that for lunch this week!

  • Biren @ Roti n Rice April 4, 2011, 6:29 am

    Your fruit cake looks so moist and tender. I would love to have a slice with my tea. :)

    • Nami April 4, 2011, 8:55 am

      Thanks Biren!