This is a large recipe that is rich and dark. Make a few weeks ahead of time. The walnuts can be chopped or left whole.

Carol
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Grease four 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pans, and then line with brown paper or foil. Grease again.

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  • In a large container stir raisins, currants, candied fruit mix, candied cherries, maraschino cherries, dates, and 1 cup flour together until all the fruit is well coated with flour.

  • Measure 2 1/4 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a medium bowl. Stir to mix.

  • In a very large bowl, cream the butter or margarine with the sugar. Beat in egg yolks three at a time. Stir in pineapple with juice and vanilla. Add flour mixture in 3 parts alternately with fruit juice in 2 parts to the creamed mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in walnuts.

  • In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold egg whites into batter, and stir in fruit gently. Divide batter among pans. Smooth.

  • Bake for about 3 hours until an inserted wooden pick comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

460.3 calories; 5.8 g protein; 80.7 g carbohydrates; 71.5 mg cholesterol; 228.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2005
This is an excellent recipe. I played with the fruits added - included dried cherries bleuberries and cranberries to substitute for some of the raisins. I also included some chopped candied papaya and pineapple. The key is mixing all the fruit with the flour first. That way the fruit does not sink to the bottom of the cake. Thanks for the great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2005
This is an excellent recipe. I played with the fruits added - included dried cherries bleuberries and cranberries to substitute for some of the raisins. I also included some chopped candied papaya and pineapple. The key is mixing all the fruit with the flour first. That way the fruit does not sink to the bottom of the cake. Thanks for the great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2005
This is an excellent recipe. I played with the fruits added - included dried cherries bleuberries and cranberries to substitute for some of the raisins. I also included some chopped candied papaya and pineapple. The key is mixing all the fruit with the flour first. That way the fruit does not sink to the bottom of the cake. Thanks for the great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2007
I hate fruitcake... BUT this was actually really tasty. It's strong moist and not at all bland. My step-dad loves fruitcake and has asked me to make it every Christmas from now on... I guess I will be using this recipe for the next 25 years since he's only 50. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2008
Wonderful fruitcake. Easy to make. It made 10 small loaves and baked in 2 hrs. It is moist heavy and very rich. It is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2013
Used pecans instead of walnuts. Sprinkled a tablespoon of brandy over each loaf for 7 days before serving. Everyone loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2016
This recipe is awesome!! I changed it a little bit because I used ingredients I already had. I soaked the fruit on spiced rum for about a day. I drained it and saved the left over rum which had turned a wine color and it was syrupy. I didn't have canned pineapple so I used some of the rum to compensate for moisture. I also used fresh squeezed orange juice so I added the zest of the oranges I used to the batter. I made a bunch of mini cakes to give away for Christmas. Even people who don't really like fruitcakes wanted me to bake them another one! I will definitely keep using this recipe from now on. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2018
Fantastic recipe i did switch out some of the raisins for chopped dried apricots and figs. This recipe makes a lot of fruitcake. Read More