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Christmas Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup nuts, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup butter (no margarine)
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • dried apples, to equal 1 cup stewed apples, sweetened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries, cut
  • dash of salt
  • Icing for Christmas Cake: 3 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions

Cook. dried apples, sweetened to taste. Set aside.

In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.

Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add soda to buttermilk.

Sift flour, salt, baking powder and spices. Add to cream mixture alternating with buttermilk.

Mix  until well blended.

Fold in stewed apples, cherries and nuts.

Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 8-inch cake pans.

Bake at 350″ for 20 to 25 minutes until done.

Frost with icing.

Icing:

Combine sugars, milk and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring to 242 degrees.

Remove from heat and add vanilla. Beat until mixture is of spreading consistency.

Add cream if icing hardens too fast.

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