Fruitcake

Fruitcake (Christmas Cake – Orange Candy Cake)

Can you believe that I started this post for Fruitcake over a year ago? Well, this past year has been really busy and a lot of things have happened: I sold my home and B&B, quit my part-time job and moved from Montana (where I have lived all my life) to Tenn. to be closer to my son and his family. It is like a whole different world than what I have been used to. At the moment I am living in a 28 foot travel trailer looking for a place to live; so I decided to start working on my blog again.

I found my camera, in the storage unit, so can now take photos of the things I make. (The photo for this post was taken about a year ago.) The space that I have to cook in is extremely small so this might be a challenge… I also do not have all my cooking “tools,” as some are somewhere in the storage unit or still in Montana, but I’ll see what I can do.

My son and a friend of his brought my Traeger grill over so I can use it for baking. In the past I have baked bread and brownies in it – so I figured I can do most anything in it. I also have a small gas oven and three gas burners in the RV, plus an induction cooktop, my airfryer, the sous vide, the Instant Pot, rice cooker and the electric griddle – I should be able to do something with all of those appliances – right?

Years ago I remember a commercial that showed a guy opening presents on Christmas Day; he was so happy… until he opened the one that had a fruitcake in it! His little face just fell and he immediately went out to the dumpster and threw it out. This recipe is really worth keeping. I swear! I got it from my aunt Bev a long time ago and it is still one of my favorite fruitcake recipes – the other one is my mother’s recipe (a post for a later date). Maybe if I renamed this one: Orange Candy Cake….. hmmmmmm – or Orange Christmas Cake. Whatever it is called, it will be good.

Fruitcake

Fruitcake

3/4 c. shortening
2 c. sugar

3 eggs
3 c. applesauce

3 1/2 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
4 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. cloves
1 t. nutmeg
1 t. salt
1 c. nuts, chopped
1 lb dates, chopped
1 lb. candy orange slices, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Butter 2 loaf pans and coat with sugar.

Cream shortening and sugar together.

Add eggs and applesauce.

Combine flour, soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.

Stir in nuts, raisins and candy.

Stir into cream mixture.

Bake at 325 for 1 1/2 hours. (Place pan of water on bottom rack of oven with the 2 loaf pans above it on another rack.)

 

Fruitcake (Christmas Cake - Orange Candy Cake)
 
This fruitcake recipe is one of the best I have ever eaten. It is moist and filled with dates and orange candy slices. Good any time of the year!
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Serves: 2 loaves
Ingredients
  • 3/4 c. shortening
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 c. applesauce
  • 3 1/2 c. flour
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 4 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. cloves
  • 1 t. nutmeg
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 c. nuts
  • 1 lb dates, chopped
  • 1 lb. candy orange slices, cut in small pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Butter 2 loaf pans and coat with sugar.
  3. Cream shortening and sugar together.
  4. Add eggs and applesauce.
  5. Combine flour, soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.
  6. Stir in nuts, raisins and candy.
  7. Stir into cream mixture.
  8. Bake at 325 for 1 1/2 hours. (Place pan of water on bottom rack of oven with the 2 loaf pans above it on another rack.)

 

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4 thoughts on “Fruitcake (Christmas Cake – Orange Candy Cake)”

  1. Hi Carol: Congratulations on a successful move. It must feel odd to you to live in a travel trailer after bring queen of a huge castle, especially without all of your favorite cooking hardware. You will have to be creative to make things work for you. How do you like Tennessee? You and Bob are the only people I know living there. I like the recipe for fruitcake and i will try it. Does it have to “age” or sit for a while before it can be eaten? What is the story about that? Cheers to you from Linn

    1. The recipe came from Aunt Bev. It never has had a chance to “age” because it disappears too fast. I had the kids in my Home Ec. class make it once and it was gone before the end of the period!
      So far I am really liking Tenn. I especially like the fact that a very large grocery store is near by. I set aside about an hour the other night to cruise the aisles and found that wasn’t nearly enough time. They have such a variety of everything. Let me know what you think of the fruitcake when you make it.

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