Jackson’s Vanilla Wafer Fruit Cake

Here we have a new recipe author, who I will call Mrs. Wilson. She lived in Louisiana and was associated with the medical profession. That’s about all I know about her, but her recipes look pretty good! This fruit cake reminds me a bit of the one Gram made from graham cracker crumbs.

Jackson’s Vanilla Wafer Fruit Cake (Mrs. Wilson)

13 1/2 oz Jacksons Vanilla Wafers

1 lb pecans

1/2 lb candied cherries

1/2 lb candied pineapple

1/4 lb white raisins

2 eggs

1/2 cup white sugar

1 sm can evap milk

1/8 tsp salt

Crush vanilla wafers with rolling pin.

Chop fruit & nuts, keeping out 4 cherries, 16 pecan halves & 2 slices pineapple.

Mix chopped nuts & fruit with vanilla wafer crumbs. Beat eggs well, add sugar, salt & milk. To this mixture add fruit, nuts & van. wafers, blending well.

Let stand while preparing pan with waxed paper liner.

Pack into pan, decorate top with cherries, pineapple & nut halves.

Bake in moderate (325) oven for one hour.

18 thoughts on “Jackson’s Vanilla Wafer Fruit Cake

  1. I found a little packet of recipes at a local curio shop, so I bought them. Inside was a slip of paper with her name and address, which of course I will not publish.

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  2. This recipe appeared on Jackson’s Vanilla Wafer package for years. My mother used this recipe and it’s the only fruit cake I will eat. Delicious!

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    • I was planning on trying another fruit cake recipe so perhaps I’ll give this one a try. We don’t have Jackson’s Vanilla Wafers here, but I suppose Nabisco Nilla Wafers would be a fine substitute.

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  3. Thank you for posting this recipe. My mom made this cake and I had lost the recipe. It’s the only fruit cake I’ll eat, too. I’ve also added chopped dried apricots and it’s great.

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  4. I have made this for 30plus years. I don’t use raisins, but put candid pineapple instead. People, even non fruitcake people, give this raves!

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  5. My husband Hollis, to whom I was married to for 50 years, now deceased in 2002 never ate fruitcake until he tasted of this recipe I made special for him. Now my children remember him each Christmas as we celebrate the holidays.

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  6. I found this recipe on the back of a Jackson vanilla wafer pkg as a bride in 1971. I did not care for fruitcake, but it was part of my husband’s Christmas tradition, hence I tried this. He loved it, so it became part of our new family tradition. Our children love it also.

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  7. I also found this recipe on the back of Jackson Vanilla Waffers in 1965 in Arkansas and no one in the family liked fruit cake until I made this one. Everyone loved this one. Now I live in Trinity Texas and drive back to Arkansas to get the Jackson wafers as I have not been able to find them in East Texas, but it is worth the drive.

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  8. I have made this for years the recipe was on the back of the cookie bag in the 60s I wrap mine in brandy soaked cheese cloth in November and serve in December keeping it moistened with brandy in the fridge I prefer peach or blackberry brandy this is the best fruit cake ever!

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  9. Hi. Want to make this recipe for my folks. They used to make them for the holidays and hand them out as gifts but stopped a few years ago. I want to send one to them as a surprise. BUT – what size pan? And do we really use WAX paper? Thank you Carol M. for the recommendation about wrapping in Brandy cheesecloth – sounds fantastic!

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    • I likely would use parchment paper in this instance. You can also find paper baking pans in standard loaf size and mini loaf size. When I’m making fruitcake for gifts I use the mini loaf ones.

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      • Thank you! When you say mini do you mean like 8x4x3 or like 6x3x2? And how would I adjust the time for whichever size?

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      • I have done 6×3 a few times. I think the way I adjusted was to cut the time in half and check at that point with a toothpick, then continue by 10 minute increments. Any over baking can be compensated with enough brandy. :-)

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