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Rich Dark Fruitcake

This is a very long recipe, but well worth the trouble. If 2 cups of butter seems too much for you, substitute shortening for 1 cup of the butter. Other fruit juices can be substituted for grape juice. You can also use 1 cup of drained maraschino cherries in place of the candied cherries.


920 g sultana raisins
430 g dried currants
265 g pitted dates
870 g raisins
720 g candied mixed citrus peel
225 g candied cherries
285 g almonds
455 g butter
405 g all-purpose flour
15 g baking powder
2 g baking soda
3 g salt
4 g ground allspice
9 g ground cinnamon
3 g ground nutmeg
1 g ground cloves
15 ml vanilla extract
15 ml almond extract
400 g white sugar
12 egg yolks
120 ml molasses
12 egg whites
120 ml grape juice
120 ml strong brewed coffee

  • Wash and dry the raisins and the currants. Wash, dry, pit, and chop the dates. Chop the raisins and the citrus peel. Slice the cherries. Blanch the almonds, and slice them lengthwise. Combine fruits and nuts in large bowl.
  • Grease and line 3 standard Christmas cake pans (these round pans are at least 3 inches deep and come in a set of three sizes- 5, 7, and 9 inch across) with 4 layers of heavy waxed paper, or 3 layers of brown paper. Grease again. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices onto a piece of waxed paper. Remove 1 cup of this flour mixture, and combine with fruit and nuts. Mix until fruit is well coated.
  • Cream the butter until fluffy. Add extracts. Gradually add sugar, mixing until creamy. Beat egg yolks until light and lemon-colored, and beat into the butter mixture. Stir in the molasses, and beat together well. Add half of the remaining flour mixture, and blend thoroughly.
  • Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry; fold into batter. Stir in lightly the remaining flour mixture alternately with combined fruit juice and coffee. Add floured fruit and nuts, blending in until fruit is well distributed.
  • Turn batter into prepared cake tins, filling each about 2/3 full and spreading batter evenly. Bake in center of oven. Bake small cake 2 1/2 hours, medium cake 3 1/2 hours, and large cake 4 to 4 1/2 hours. Remove from oven and allow to stand 5 minutes, then turn out on wire rack to cool.

Note : You may decorate your cakes as desired. Here are two examples of cake decorations. Refer to ‘cake decoration’ label for more ideas.

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