Wedding Fruit Cake

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    3 hrs 30 mins

The fruits should soak in brandy for at least 24 hours, so start this recipe in advance. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound sugar
  • 1 pound butter
  • 1 pound all-purpose flour plus flour for fruit
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1 pound dates
  • 1 pound raisins
  • 1 pound halved candied cherries
  • 1 pound chopped candied pineapple
  • 1 pound mixed candied fruit, soaked in brandy at least overnight before using
  • brandy
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice

How to Make It

  1. Combine fruits in a large enameled kettle or large bowl; cover with brandy and stir to blend.
  2. Cover and let soak at least overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 300°.
  4. Cream butter and sugar.
  5. Add eggs two at a time, beaten.
  6. Add flour which has been sifted and to which has been added spices.
  7. Drain fruit; toss with a little flour to lightly coat. Mix well. Prepare loaf pans by greasing then lining with buttered brown paper.
  1. Fill 2/3 full with batter and bake for about 3 hours, covering loosely with aluminum foil after 30 minutes to prevent over-browning (do not let the foil touch the cake).
  2. Test with cake tester or toothpick after about 2 hours.