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German Fruit Cake


Celebrate Christmas with this gum drop filled German fruit cake that kids love.













Trans-fat Free, High Fiber


2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
or shortening*
2 large eggs
slightly beaten
1 ½ cups applesauce
unsweetened, unseasoned
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cloves
¼ teaspoon salt
1 pound nuts
fairly coarse
1 pound raisins, seedless
2 pounds gumdrops
cut evenly in pieces, no black and few green


  • Reserve 1 tablespoon butter for frying nut meats.

Cream sugar and butter. Add slightly beaten eggs. Add applesause and vanilla Sift next 6 dry ingredients and reserve 1 cup.

Add dry ingredients (except for the 1 cup) and mix well.

Fry nut meats, heat well but do not brown, stir constantly.

Flour nut meats, chopped gum drops and raisins in the reserved flour mixture. This is best done by placing all ingredients into a strong paper bag and shaking vigorously. Mix with batter.

Line cake pans with waxed paper. Do not fill pans more than ⅔ full.

Bake in SLOW oven (275F) until done. Baking time depends upon size of cake. 8½ X 4 inch load requires about 2 hrs. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cake should be fairly moist when done.

Remove waxed paper immediately after removing cake from oven after baking.

Immediately rewrap COMPLETELY in fresh waxed paper or cellophane. This will seal in moisture. (Paper in which cake is baked will become set on cake and difficult to remove later when cold).

*This recipe makes approximately one 8½ X 4 inch loaf cake and one 8 inch square cake.

Cake should keep an indefinite length of time.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 93g (3.3 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 256618% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 50g 78%
Saturated Fat 30g 151%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 228mg 76%
Sodium 763mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 174g 174%
Dietary Fiber 9g 37%
Sugars g
Protein 40g
Vitamin A 31% Vitamin C 37%
Calcium 12% Iron 54%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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