The gumdrop cake has been a holiday tradition in our family for almost 4 generations. The recipe has been adapted and changed over the years; this one is my favorite.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease 2 loaf pans.

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  • Place raisins into a large saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium; boil until raisins are plump, about 5 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

  • Stir 1 cup flour into raisins and add gum drops and walnuts; mix to coat ingredients with flour. Beat butter, brown sugar, and eggs together in a separate bowl until creamy; mix in applesauce. Stir remaining 5 cups flour, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice into batter. Dissolve baking soda and hot water in a small bowl and stir into batter. Fold floured raisin mixture into batter. Divide batter between the prepared loaf pans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 2 1/2 hours.

Cook's Note:

Add the cloves and allspice for more of a holiday taste.

Nutrition Facts

766 calories; 16.6 g total fat; 77 mg cholesterol; 497 mg sodium. 154.7 g carbohydrates; 7.4 g protein; Full Nutrition