Culinary Sleuth


Classic Old Fashioned Fruit Cake


1-1/2 cups raisins
1-1/4 cups dried currants
4 ounces pitted dates, chopped
1/2 cup halved red maraschino cherries, drained
1/2 cup chopped citron
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped pecans
2-1/2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
5/8 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/2 cup red currant jelly
3 eggs
1/2 cup orange juice

1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/8 cup sugar
1/8 cup water
2 teaspoons lemon juice


Combine raisins, currants, dates, cherries, citron, walnuts and pecans in 3-quart or larger mixing bowl. Set aside.

Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Set aside.

Cream together butter (or margarine) and 1 cup sugar in mixing bowl until light and fluffy, using electric mixer at medium speed. Beat in 1 tablespoon light corn syrup and currant jelly. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add dry ingredients alternately with orange juice to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition, using electric mixer at low speed. Pour batter over fruit/nut mixture and mix well with wooden spoon. Spread batter in a greased 10-inch tube pan.

Bake at 275 degrees F. for 2 hours or until cake tester or wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 (ten) minutes. Remove from pan.

Combine 1 tablespoon light corn syrup, 1/8 cup sugar, water and lemon juice in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes. Brush syrup over warm fruitcake. Cool completely.

To store: Wrap cooled fruitcake in aluminum foil and store in cool dry place for 1 to 2 months.


Fruitcake Recipes

All About Fruit Cake

More Fruitcake Recipes


Also visit our main Holiday Recipes page


Copyright © 1998, Lynn Kerrigan. No portion of this article may be reproduced for publication without express, written permission of the author.


This page created 1998 and modified February 2007

The FoodWine
Main Page


World Recipes
World Recipes

Bookmark and Share


Twitter: @KateHeyhoe

Search this site:

Advanced Search
Recent Searches



Kate's Global Kitchen
Kate's Books
Cookbook Profiles
Global Destinations
Holiday & Party Recipes
I Love Desserts
On Wine

Caffeine and You Caffeine and You
cooking kids Cooking with Kids

Conversions, Charts
   & Substitutions

About Foodwine.com
   Contact Info
   Privacy Statement


Copyright © 1994-2018,
Forkmedia LLC



cat toys
Crazy Cat Toys