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Fruitcake Cupcake Holiday Wreath

Studded with colorful dried fruits and nuts, and elegantly arranged to resemble a wreath, these cupcakes are centerpiece delicious as they are visually stunning. With its festive flavors and eye-catching presentation, this fruitcake cupcake wreath is sure to spread holiday cheer.

Tasty Team
May 04, 2023
82% would make again


for 24 servings


  • 1 cup orange juice (240 mL)
  • ½ cup dried apricot (95 g), chopped
  • ½ cup golden raisin (75 g), chopped
  • ¼ cup dried cherry (30 g), chopped
  • ½ cup raisin (75 g), chopped
  • ¼ cup dried fig (35 g), chopped
  • ¼ cup dried cranberry (25 g)

Cake Batter

  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar (55 g)
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar (165 g)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (250 g), sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ cup pecan (60 g), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • nonstick cooking spray, for greasing


  • 2 cups powdered sugar (240 g), sifted
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 229
  • Fat 8g
  • Carbs 36g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugar 25g
  • Protein 2g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Make the fruit: In a small pot, warm the orange juice over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  2. Add the dried apricots, golden raisins, dried cherries, raisins, dried figs, and dried cranberries. Simmer for 5 minutes, until the fruit absorbs some of the liquid.
  3. Transfer the fruit and their cooking liquid to a medium bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Soak and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight, then drain.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  5. Make the cake batter: In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric hand mixer until fluffy.
  6. Add the light and dark brown sugars and beat for 3 minutes, or until smooth and creamy.
  7. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and beat until well combined.
  8. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt, and beat for 2 minutes, or until smooth.
  9. Add the flour, baking soda, pecans, lemon zest, and the soaked fruit, and fold with a rubber spatula until well incorporated.
  10. Grease 2 12-cup muffin tins with nonstick spray.
  11. Using a 2-tablespoon ice cream scoop, add a scoop of batter to each of the muffin cups.
  12. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool before icing.
  13. Make the icing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth.
  14. Drizzle the icing over the fruitcakes, then serve.
  15. Enjoy!
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