I don't know if this is a regional dish or what ... but NO ONE I talk to seems to have ever heard of it except the people in my family... and most people act like it's sooooo ODD ... but it's really yummy and it's really simple common ingredients ...

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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, stir together the pecans, raisins, walnuts, cherries, condensed milk and vanilla wafers. Dough will be very thick, you will need to use your hands.

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  • Form dough into a ring shape on top of a dinner plate. Wrap in many layers of plastic wrap and/or aluminum foil. Allow to age in the refrigerator for at least a week. The flavors will have a chance to blend and all of the milk will be absorbed into the cake.

Nutrition Facts

356.4 calories; 5.6 g protein; 46.2 g carbohydrates; 9.5 mg cholesterol; 110.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (66)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2006
My grandmother also makes this and we live in AL. Her recipe is slightly different, however, in that she uses a box of graham crackers instead of the vanilla wafers. She also uses a quart of pecans, and adds a bag of mini marshmallows. Delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/18/2016
We did not care for the texture. I won't be making this one again. Read More
70 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 57
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2006
My grandmother also makes this and we live in AL. Her recipe is slightly different, however, in that she uses a box of graham crackers instead of the vanilla wafers. She also uses a quart of pecans, and adds a bag of mini marshmallows. Delicious! Read More
(101)
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2003
PHENIX CITY, ALABAMA. THIS CAKE WAS PREPARED BY MY MOTHER EVERY YEAR FOR CHIRSTMAS. IT'S VERY RICH AND A SMALL PIECE IS MORE THAN PLENTY. SHE GOT THE RECIPE FROM MY GRANDMOTHER. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BEING THAT MAMA MADE IT WITH FRESH GRATED COCONUT. TRY IT WITH THE COCONUT, YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED. FRANKIE STRINGFELLOW Read More
(62)
Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2002
I have been looking for this recipe for awhile.I had a friend who used to make this every year for holiday gifts and I loved it.I am from the south depending on where you are from this recipe made it down south.It is a great alternitive to the boring old fruit cakes we are used to.I am so glad I have it now I'll pass this one on to my children.By the way my friend was like 70 when she made this haven't seen her for almost10 years I hope she's still here.Thanks xxxSullyswytchxxx Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2007
Haven't tried this particular recipe but just reading it brought back memories of being in the kitchen with my Mother(from the south..North Carolina) as she made this fruitcake. She put all of the ingredients through a hand grinder that she would attach to the kitchen bar. She used graham crackers rather than vanilla wafers. She lined the empty graham cracker box with waxed paper and then packed the fruitcake into the box and stored the box in the refrigerator. She put halved cherries and pecan halves on the top to make it look pretty. Rich but very good!!! Read More
(42)
Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2006
This is simply delicious and quite versatile. Other substitutions and/or additions that you might want to consider are dried cranberries candy orange slices and red and green cherries to make it look festive. Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2007
I am from NC and this is very similar to my grandmother's recipe--she used graham cracker crumbs instead of vanilla wafers and added lots of spices: cinnamon nutmeg allspice cloves. Now my mom makes it every year at Christmas. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2007
I grew up in Mobile AL and this was a yearly treat Mother prepared this time of year--over 40 years ago. She is no longer with us but this recipe made me smile. The only difference (other than omitting the raisins) was that she rolled it into a log in foil and sliced it into small circles. Thanks so much for the memories. Read More
(27)
Rating: 4 stars
11/12/2002
It may be a regional thing--I'm from Louisiana and a lot of people made it down there. Now I live in North Carolina and no one seems to know what it is. I'd been looking for this recipe for awhile so thanks! Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2006
My grandmother made one every year only she did not add raisons or pecans- only walnuts. She did add sliced fruit flavored gum drops candied pineapple and sweetened coconut. Her version of this cake converted many die-hard fruitcake haters. She accidentally bought the spiced gum drops one year and that was a little weird tasting. HaHa! Read More
(18)
Rating: 2 stars
12/18/2016
We did not care for the texture. I won't be making this one again. Read More