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Daddy's Fruit Cake

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This recipe is a modification to my father's recipe.


  • 2 cups light raisins
  • 1 cup dried peaches
  • 1 cup dried apples
  • 1 cup dried appicots
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried pineapple
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup dried figs
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 eggs beaten
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 cup bourbon,sherry, rum, or white wine select and use just one


  • Preheat oven to 300 degree and line a tube pan with parchment paper
    tube pan lining with parchment paper
  • The fruit and pecans needs to be placed into a large bowl/container for mixing. I use my 7 quart crock pot to mix the cake.
    Fruit for the fruitcake
  • Sift the flour, salt and baking powder onto the fruit.
    sifting flour mixture on the fruit for the fruitcake
  • Toss until all the fruit and nuts are coated with the flour
  • In a stand mixer or with large mixing bowl and a hand electric mixer, cream the butter with the sugar
  • Add beaten eggs and the lemon extract to the butter mixture and continue to beat until it is light and fluffy
  • Pour the butter egg mixture onto the floured covered fruit. Add burbon or sherry and mix batter well by hand with a large spoon.
    Fruit cake batter
  • Spoon batter into the tube pan and bake at 300 degree for 2 hours. Test doneness and add additional time if needed.
  • Cool the cake on a cake rack
  • When cool, wrap the cake in tea towels
  • Transfer the cake covered in the towel onto a cake carrier with a lid or another container with a closing lid.
  • For the next several weeks , about every 3 days, apply a generous amount of the alcohol you selected onto the top on the cake. The alcohol will soak down into the cake and make it rich and moist
Course: Dessert
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