Joe DeLamiellure Mexican Fruit Cake

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Recipe: #37678

November 07, 2021

"Hall of Fame offensive lineman DeLamiellure (1973–84), was star of the legendary "Electric Company" line. He loved this recipe that his wife made."

Original is 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (173.8 g)
  • Calories 563.1
  • Total Fat - 21.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 55.5 mg
  • Sodium - 374 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 89.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.7 g
  • Sugars - 71.3 g
  • Protein - 6.2 g
  • Calcium - 44.9 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 18.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

For the cake: Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2

In large bowl, stir all cake ingredients together by hand.

Step 3

Spread evenly in 9- x 13-inch glass baking dish and bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

Step 4

While cake is baking, make frosting: In large bowl, using electric mixer, beat cream cheese, margarine, and vanilla until smooth.

Step 5

Add sugar and continue to beat until well combined.

Step 6

Pour frosting over the cake immediately upon taking the cake out of the oven.

Step 7

Cool the frosted cake in the refrigerator.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When choosing the pineapple, make sure to use crushed pineapple in juice, not syrup.
  • Toasting the walnuts will bring out a richer flavor in the cake.

  • Use coconut oil instead of margarine for the cream cheese frosting. Coconut oil has a high smoke point, making it a healthier alternative to margarine. It also adds a subtle coconut flavor to the frosting.
  • Substitute crushed pineapple with mango for added sweetness and a tropical flavor. Mango is high in vitamins A and C, and can also help to add a unique flavor to the cake.

Chocolate Chip Mexican Fruit Cake Replace the walnuts with 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the cake batter before baking.

Mexican Street Corn Salad - A delicious side dish to accompany the Mexican Fruit Cake, this Mexican Street Corn Salad combines grilled corn, creamy mayo, tangy lime juice, and a kick of chili powder for a flavorful and colorful side dish.

Chile-Lime Cilantro Rice: This flavorful side dish pairs perfectly with the Mexican Street Corn Salad. It is made with white rice, cilantro, fresh lime juice, and a hint of chili powder to give it a spicy kick. The combination of the chili powder, cilantro, and lime juice creates a delicious and unique flavor that complements the Mexican Fruit Cake.


Q: How long should I bake the cake?

A: Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

Q: What kind of pan should I use?

A: Use an 8-inch round cake pan with high sides. Grease the pan with butter and line the bottom with parchment paper for easy removal.

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: Joe DeLamiellure was an offensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. He was also part of the legendary “Electric Company” line that helped the Bills reach four consecutive Super Bowls in the early 1990s.

Fun Fact 2: The cream cheese frosting used in this recipe is believed to have originated in the 1800s, when cream cheese was first created. Cream cheese is now a popular ingredient in many cakes, cookies and other desserts.