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Old Fashioned Fruit Cake

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This old fashioned fruit cake is a classic. Candied fruits, rum, molasses and all kinds of spices make the cake rich in flavor.

. Prep
30 min.
4 hrs
Ready In
24 hrs
12 servings
Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber
Metric measurements


3 3/4cups mixed candied peel diced*
2 1/2cups raisins, seedless
2cups currants
2cups pecans coarsely chopped
1cup candied cherries red, halved*
1cup candied cherries green, halved*
1/2cup dark rum *
1 3/4cups flour, all-purpose
1teaspoon baking powderVideo
1teaspoon cinnamonVideo
1/2teaspoon cloves ground
1/4teaspoon nutmeg *
1/4teaspoon allspice *
1/8teaspoon salt *
1cup butterVideo softened
1cup brown sugarVideo packed*
3large eggsVideo
2tablespoons molasses
2teaspoons vanilla extractVideo
* not incl. in nutrient facts


Prepare two 9x5 inch loaf pans or one 8 inch square pan.

In bowl combine peels, raisins, currants, pecans and cherries.

Pour in rum; mix well.

Cover and let stand at room temperature for 8 hours or up to 24 hours is best.

Toss with 1/2 cup of the flour; set aside.

Combine remaining flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and salt; set aside.

In large bowl cream butter with sugar until fluffy.

Beat in eggs, one at time , molasses and vanilla beating well.

Stir in flour mixture just until blended; stir in fruit mixture.

Turn into prepared pans.

Bake at 250 degrees F for about 3 hours for loaf pans or 4 1/2 hours for square cake pan or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

Let cool in pans on rack for 30 minutes; remove from pans.

Remove paper and let cool completely on rack.

First published: last updated: 2014-12-16

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 121g (4.3 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 46159% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 157mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Sugars g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A 12% Vitamin C 58%
Calcium 7% Iron 15%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?
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