This is it! The final day of The Five Days of Fruit Cake! And that is pretty funny, because we are ending this on a non-cake note.

Unless you consider an icebox cake a cake.


No-Bake Festive Fruit Cake
Author: California Raisin Board, 1953
  • 1/2 cup PET evaporated milk
  • 16 marshmallows, finely cut
  • 3 T orange juice or alcoholic flavoring
  • 4 doz 2 1/2 inch graham cracker squares, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1 cup seedless raisins, preferably 1/2 dark and 1/2 light
  • 1/2 cup dates, finely cut
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, broken
  • 1/3 cup candied pineapple, cut
  • 1/3 cup candied cherries, finely cut
  • 2 T candied orange peel, finely cut
  1. Line with waxed paper the bottom of a 5 cup loaf or tube pan.
  2. Combine marshmallows, milk and flavoring in a bowl. Let stand until needed.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients and add milk mixture, mixing with spoon and then with hands until crumbs are moistened. Press firmly into pan, top with fruit and nuts.
  4. Cover tightly and chill two days before serving.


Festive Fruit Cake001 BHG Dec 1953


This one breaks all the rules with the addition of marshmallows, but I kind of liked it. After pounds of candied fruit, I was ready for a bit of a change.


Oh wait. There’s the fruit.


This ended up being a really interesting texture. I don’t know if I ended up adding enough graham crackers to the mix. I only had graham cracker crumbs so I had to guestimate how many to add (I added two cups, and probably could have added at least another one).


After the two day aging in the fridge, it actually turned into some kind of loaf.

A loaf which made Tom deeply suspicious.

Tom TastesIMG_4618



“It tastes like graham crackers. And sugar.”

The Verdict: Very Sweet

From The Tasting Notes:

The flavor of graham cracker is very strong. Not bad at all, and is actually pretty good, but it doesn’t taste like fruit cake. Tastes like a very sweet, very orange-y s’more, except without the chocolate. If we were going to make this again (which we might), we would cut back on the fruit and add lots of chocolate and make a s’more loaf!

*Note – I didn’t remember this until I had finished making it, but my friend Erica from Retro Recipe Attempts (who blogs here on Sundays and tests recipes) made this cake last December. Check out her review on her blog!