Use this to search the site!
Just type your request in the
blank and click on "Search"!

Today's Case

Van de Kamp's Holiday Fruit Cake

Re: Van de Kamp's Holiday Fruit Cake
From: Wendy
Date: 11/6/2021, 1:37 PM

On 11/6/2021 1:06 PM, Wendy wrote:

Every year, as the winter holidays approach, my mother gets nostalgic about 
her years working at the Van de Kamp's Bakery in Seattle.  She was working 
there in the mid 1960's.  She says that every year, near the holidays, the 
bakery would do a special run of Fruit Cake.  These cakes would only be 
given as gifts to the sales staff and the office staff was allowed to 
purchase them for $5 a piece.  They weren't sold to the public; they were 
a special thank you to the employees.  They were a light-colored cake 
without citron but had nuts and candied fruit.  She can't remember if there 
was rum in it or not. They were loaves. She didn't like fruit cake but loved 
these cakes.  She would buy several and bring them to her relatives and would 
get in trouble if she missed someone.  I haven't been able to find the recipe 
online, but it would be amazing to find it so that I could make it for her 
for Christmas.


Hi Wendy,

I wish that I could help you. I've been looking for any authentic Van de Kamp's recipes for 20 years now. I have never found a single one, just a few "taste-likes" or "copycats".  I have a special Van de Kamp's page that contains everything that I know or have been able to find about the bakery and its recipes. You can read it here:

Van de Kamp's

On the off chance that there might be something new out there about Van de Kamp's since the last time I checked, I just did a new search. There is still nothing. No authentic recipes are available.



Please sign your real first name to all recipe requests.

Please don't type in all capital letters.

If you have more than one request, please send them in separate e-mails.

Send Requests to

Copyright © 2021 Phaedrus