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How Many Calories Are in Fruitcake?

by
author image Melodie Anne
Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015.
How Many Calories Are in Fruitcake?
A festive holiday fruit cake on a serving plate. Photo Credit Azurita/iStock/Getty Images

You either love or despise fruitcake, but it’s almost always unavoidable around the holiday season. While recipes may vary slightly, dried fruits, roasted nuts, juice, butter, sugar and flour are universal ingredients in most any fruitcake recipe. Since fruitcake is full of calorie-rich ingredients, even a small slice is relatively high in calories.

Caloric Information

A small 1-ounce square of fruitcake contains more than 90 calories. Because some of the key ingredients in fruitcake are sweetened dried fruits and sugar, most of the calories are from carbohydrates. Nearly 66 of the calories, or 72 percent, come from the 16.4 grams of carbohydrates. Fruitcake provides less than a gram of protein, giving you a little more than 3 calories from protein, or about 4 percent of the total calories. The 2.6 grams of fat in a 1-ounce portion of fruitcake account for more than 23 calories, or about one-fourth of the total calories.

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