Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 6 cups sultana raisins

  2. 3 cups dried currants

  3. 1 1/2 cups pitted dates

  4. 6 cups raisins

  5. 3 cups candied mixed citrus peel

  6. 1/2 pound candied cherries

  7. 2 cups almonds

  8. 2 cups butter

  9. 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  10. 3 teaspoons baking powder

  11. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  12. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  13. 2 teaspoons ground allspice

  14. 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  15. 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  16. 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

  17. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  18. 1 tablespoon almond extract

  19. 2 cups white sugar

  20. 12 egg yolks

  21. 1/2 cup molasses

  22. 12 egg whites

  23. 1/2 cup grape juice

  24. 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Wash and dry the raisins and the currants. Wash, dry, pit, and chop the dates. Chop the raisins and the citrus peel. Slice the cherries. Blanch the almonds, and slice them lengthwise. Combine fruits and nuts in large bowl. Grease and line 3 standard Christmas cake pans (these round pans are at least 3 inches deep and come in a set of three sizes- 5, 7, and 9 inch across) with 4 layers of heavy waxed paper, or 3 layers of brown paper. Grease again. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices onto a piece of waxed paper. Remove 1 cup of this flour mixture, and combine with fruit and nuts. Mix until fruit is well coated. Cream the butter until fluffy. Add extracts. Gradually add sugar, mixing until creamy. Beat egg yolks until light and lemon-colored, and beat into the butter mixture. Stir in the molasses, and beat together well. Add half of the remaining flour mixture, and blend thoroughly. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry; fold into batter. Stir in lightly the remaining flour mixture alternately with combined fruit juice and coffee. Add floured fruit and nuts, blending in until fruit is well distributed. Turn batter into prepared cake tins, filling each about 2/3 full and spreading batter evenly. Bake in center of oven. Bake small cake 2 1/2 hours, medium cake 3 1/2 hours, and large cake 4 to 4 1/2 hours. Remove from oven and allow to stand 5 minutes, then turn out on wire rack to cool.


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