My grandmother and mother made these cakes for years. They are moist but don't contain eggs. Applesauce is the secret ingredient. I sold these at bake sales for years and we had many customers who returned every year just to get one.

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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 the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch tube pan and one 9x5 inch loaf pan.

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  • Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves into a large bowl. Stir in the applesauce and oil, then mix in the raisins, dates, mixed fruit and 2 cups of walnuts. Pour into the prepared pans. Pans should be about 3/4 full if using mini pans, or an assortment.

  • Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the crown of the cake comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

209.7 calories; 2.4 g protein; 34.8 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 131.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2007
I love this very moist fruitcake. I got so many compliments on it! It is very moist! I baked mine in a bunt pan and a bread pan. It took 1 1/2 to bake at 300. I added 1/2 cup whiskey to one of them. Because it is already moist I was afraid to pour the whiskey over top but I did and people said it was the best fruitcake they have ever eaten!! Next time I will add a little more fruit. It is more "cakey" than "fruity" But I appreciate the recipee....It made me look like such a good baker!! I will make this year after year! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2007
I love this very moist fruitcake. I got so many compliments on it! It is very moist! I baked mine in a bunt pan and a bread pan. It took 1 1/2 to bake at 300. I added 1/2 cup whiskey to one of them. Because it is already moist I was afraid to pour the whiskey over top but I did and people said it was the best fruitcake they have ever eaten!! Next time I will add a little more fruit. It is more "cakey" than "fruity" But I appreciate the recipee....It made me look like such a good baker!! I will make this year after year! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2007
I love this very moist fruitcake. I got so many compliments on it! It is very moist! I baked mine in a bunt pan and a bread pan. It took 1 1/2 to bake at 300. I added 1/2 cup whiskey to one of them. Because it is already moist I was afraid to pour the whiskey over top but I did and people said it was the best fruitcake they have ever eaten!! Next time I will add a little more fruit. It is more "cakey" than "fruity" But I appreciate the recipee....It made me look like such a good baker!! I will make this year after year! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2010
I had never made fruitcake before so this was a first for me. I decided to give this recipe a shot because of your little blurb about the cake:). I followed the recipe exactly but cut down the fruit nuts (family's not too big on it) and it turned out perfect! It was moist not too sweet and so aromatic! I am surprised this has only one review so far. I'll be making this often & thanks for sharing this family recipe:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2012
this is fabulous! I knew I was going to like it for the fact that it was made with applesauce and oil. I am not a fan of clove so only added 1tsp but added some fresh grated nutmeg and allspice too. Used special dark choc. You don't taste the choc but it seems to enhance the flavor of the spices and fruit. I played around with the fruit and added some orange essence cranberries from trader Joe's cran cherries dates and the candied fruit. I soaked them the night before in triple sec with a few cinnamon sticks and the zest of 1 orange. The result of the applesauce and oil is a moist moist cake without being heavy fruitcake. It's even better the next day. had to bake for about 1 hr and 15 min. made 1 bundt and 1 bread loaf. It is just so yummy. thank you so much. Read More
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