Dark Fruit Cake
SHOPPING LIST: allspice, baking soda, butter or margarine, cherries, citron peel, cinnamon, cloves, currents, eggs, flour, mixed peel, molasses, raisins, salt, sugar
INGREDIENTS FOR DARK FRUIT CAKE
2 cups candied citron peel, 2 cups of candied mixed peel, 2 cups of candied cherries, 2 cups of currents, 2 cups of raisins
Mix 1 cup of flour with fruit until fruit is thoroughly coated.
3 1/2 cups flour (from which 1 cup is taken to mix with fruit), 1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup molasses, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. cloves, 1 tsp. allspice, (rum to taste)
1 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, 5 eggs (beaten), 1 tsp. baking soda
INSTRUCTIONS FOR DARK FRUIT CAKE
Simmer together molasses and spices.
Cream butter and sugar, add beaten eggs, a little at a time
Add remaining dry ingredients alternately with molasses and spice to which rum has been added, stirring carefully.
Mix baking soda with 2 tbs. of hot water.
Add fruit. Mix lightly, but well.
Add baking soda; stir well.
Place batter in prepared cake pan/pans.
Put a small pan filled with water in the oven. (To prevent the cake from drying too much)
Place pan/pans in oven.
Bake at 375F for 3 1/2 hours (Test to see if cake is baked by inserting a long skewer or knitting needle into cake. If the item comes out clean, the cake is cooked. If batter is attached to the item, the cake needs to bake longer.)
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