Fruitcake made with applesauce and maraschino cherries.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 10 inch bundt pan
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C). Grease a 10 inch tube pan. Line bottom with parchment paper and grease again.

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  • In large bowl, cream sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Add eggs and blend well.

  • Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Combine 1/2 cup of flour with nuts, raisins, dates and 1/2 cup cherries, stir until coated. Set aside.

  • Add remaining 2 3/4 cups flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and salt to egg mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened, then beat 2 minutes on medium speed.

  • Fold fruit and nut mixture and applesauce into batter. Pour batter into a 10 inch tube pan. Arrange cherry halves and pecans on top.

  • Bake at 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) for 1hour and 15 to 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes clean. Cool upright in pan 5 minutes. Turn upright onto wire rack and remove pan and parchment paper. Cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

625 calories; protein 8g 16% DV; carbohydrates 90.3g 29% DV; fat 28.6g 44% DV; cholesterol 31mg 10% DV; sodium 270.7mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2006
I have made this recipe twice already and everyone absolutely loves it!! I like it for the fact that there is not one bit of citron/candied fruit in it. Everything is "natural" and the added applesauce gives the cake an excellent moist texture and taste to it. I'm not a big "cloves" or "allspice" person so I added a "pinch" more of cinnamon and it still came out great. I also can't eat walnuts but added more dates raisins and cherries to the mix and you couldn't even notice the nuts weren't in the cake. I plan on making this cake for Christmas and the best part is that whatever is left (which there usually isn't any) I can wrap in plastic wrap and freeze! This recipe is definitely something worth trying!! I love it!! Read More
(19)
14 Ratings
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2006
I have made this recipe twice already and everyone absolutely loves it!! I like it for the fact that there is not one bit of citron/candied fruit in it. Everything is "natural" and the added applesauce gives the cake an excellent moist texture and taste to it. I'm not a big "cloves" or "allspice" person so I added a "pinch" more of cinnamon and it still came out great. I also can't eat walnuts but added more dates raisins and cherries to the mix and you couldn't even notice the nuts weren't in the cake. I plan on making this cake for Christmas and the best part is that whatever is left (which there usually isn't any) I can wrap in plastic wrap and freeze! This recipe is definitely something worth trying!! I love it!! Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2004
Okay but forget the cherries I didn't and was disapointed Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2009
Excellent subbed dried apples for dates moist and light. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2012
I always made the fruitcake with the mincemeat and sweetened condensed milk; but this year I decided to try this because I had a lot of applesauce leftover from something else. It is wonderfully moist with the right balance of spices. This is my new tradition! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2013
Delicious! Moist and spicy. I didn't use cherries or nuts and I think I like it that way. Yum yum! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2018
I have made this a couple times now. It is absolutely fabulous. No adjustments necessary Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2018
Very simple recipe. The applesauce makes it moist. I added dried cranberries too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2017
One slice is never enough. Easy to make and delish. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2018
I made this exactly as written - I made this for a Fundraising Bake sale - I cut in to 6 BIG wedges and it sold fast! It also freezes nicely and will serve 20-24 people. Read More
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