Individual Hazelnut Fruitcakes

Individual Hazelnut Fruitcakes

Makes approximately 12 fruitcakes


  • 2 ½ sticks (1 ¼ cups) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • ¼ cup hazelnut liqueur
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 ¾ cups 7 ¾ ounces dried figs, cut into small dice
  • 1/3 cup crystalized ginger, cut into small dice
  • 1/3 cup candied orange peel, cut into small dice
  • 1 ½ cups hazelnut liqueur for soaking


  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the hazelnut liqueur. Mixture will be very loose.
  • In a medium bowl, combine both flours and salt, and blend well.
  • Add flour mixture to butter and sugar and blend on low speed until well combined.
  • Pour batter into a large mixing bowl. Add nuts, figs, ginger, and orange peel, and using a rubber spatula, blend the mixture together.
  • Spray an individual bundtlette pan (with six 1-cup bundtlettes) with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Fill each bundtlette with slightly more than ½ cup of batter, spreading evenly with an offset spatula or knife.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until a small knife inserted into a cake comes out clean. Repeat with the remaining batter, spraying the bundtlette pan again with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Cool in pan for about 10-15 minutes. Gently pry each bundtlette out of the pan with a small sharp knife. Allow the cakes to cool completely. Cakes will be firm.
  • Pour the 1 ½ cups of liqueur into a square baking pan. Place up to 4 cakes into liqueur and using a pastry brush, brush the liqueur over each cake, rotating the cakes so that the liqueur soaks in.
  • Wrap each cake in a square of aluminum foil and place in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to a week.
  • Bring cakes to room temperature before serving.