Celebrate Fruitcake with Sunshine Hollow Bakery

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Pecan Fruitcake from Sunshine Hollow Bakery

Forget what you think you know about traditional fruitcake. December is National Fruitcake Month, and at Sunshine Hollow Bakery in Athens, they’ve been baking their famous pecan fruitcakes by hand since 1968.

“Mother Dave” Rhyne, owner of Sunshine Hollow, began baking fruitcakes while serving in the U.S. Army. He wanted to give a gift from the heart as well as from his hands. Today, the pecan fruitcake is the bakery’s top seller, made with orange blossom honey using a recipe developed over the course of 10 years. And they’re first come, first served – only a limited number of fruitcakes are baked each year.

For more information, contact the bakery at (423) 745-4289 or visit www.sunshinehollow.com.



    December 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm


    • Rachel Bertone

      December 21, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Hi Joe,

      We suggest you try calling Sunshine Hollow Bakery at 423-745-4289 to see if a fruitcake is available since there are a limited number each year. Thanks for reading Tennessee Home & Farm!

      TN Home & Farm

  2. Pat Hughes Kerschieter

    December 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Would like to stop by on Tuesday and pick up a fruit cake will you be open?

  3. Pat Hughes Kerschieter

    December 1, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    That would be Tuesday Dec. 2, 2014, probably in the afternoon.

    • Rachel Bertone

      December 2, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Hi Pat,

      Thanks for your comment! We are a magazine that did a story on Sunshine Hollow Bakery, and aren’t directly affiliated with the company. For hours and more information, please contact them directly at (423) 745-4289. Hope this helps!

      Rachel Bertone
      editor, TN Home and Farm

  4. Mary K Miller

    July 28, 2015 at 10:10 am

    I’m so happy to have found you again. Dave and I worked together when he was a Forester. That is when I was introduced to your delicious fruitcake. It’s been
    years since I had one but have shared over and over again how much I liked your cakes. I look forward to sharing your cakes with my friends and family during the Christmas holidays.

  5. Renee

    October 5, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    The best fruitcake I ever put in my mouth…love the coconut in it!

  6. Sherry

    June 11, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    The best fruitcake ever made. Even if you don’t like fruitcake; you will love this wonderful moist cake full of fruit and nuts. Love to order these for my parents.

  7. Sherry Summers

    June 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Best cake of any kind I have ever eaten. Certainly, it is the best fruitcake; full of nuts and fruit. Love to purchase ear.

  8. Jerrie Guthrey

    November 22, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Love, love, love everything made by Sunshine Hollow! My family has eaten and loved these fruitcakes for years. But, we’ve also eaten their pecan, cashew and the other nuts, which are all huge and extremely tasty. Additionally, when they have Woozy Cakes available, we grab up one of each the Bourbon and the Rum ones are so wonderful that you can’t decide which is the best! We are so glad to live close enough to run by during season and buy these wonderful goodies all during the holidays! But, we’ve also ordered these goodies online and sent them to friends far away. They now expect the little dazzlers every year for Christmas and would be disappointed they’ve said if they didn’t get the same every year! Delicious in every way! You’ve not had true fruitcake until you’ve had a Sunshine Hollow cake!

  9. Nancy Carman Shepherd

    November 11, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Do you ship fruitcakes?? If not what hours are you open the first week of December?

    • Rachel Bertone

      November 13, 2017 at 8:14 am

      Hi Nancy,

      We featured an article on Sunshine Hollow Bakery but are not directly affiliated with them. Please contact them directly at 423-745-4289 or info@sunshinehollow.com and they should be able to answer your questions. Thanks!

      Rachel Bertone
      editor, TN Home and Farm

  10. Wanette Dawson

    December 23, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Wanted know where we can buy fruitcake at.

  11. Louise Reed

    December 3, 2018 at 12:28 am

    I tried to get on your email list and it did not go threw…. Please put me on it….I would love to get recipes and ect. From you and sales ….My email is boxerlady06@gmail.com. Thanks

  12. JB

    February 6, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Sunshine Hollow has lots of die-hard fans (for good reason)! Info from their website…

    Call 1-800-669-2005 or email sales@sunshinehollow.com

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