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Christmas Cake With Brown Sugar Icing

  • Serves 12-14.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup stewed apples, sweetened
  • 1 bottle maraschino cherries, chopped 1 cup nuts, chopped (I use pecans)
  • Brown Sugar Icing
  • 3 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions

In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 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, chopped cherries, and nuts. Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 8-inch cake pans. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Frost with icing.

BROWN SUGAR ICING

Combine sugars, milk, and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring, to 242° using a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Beat until mixture is of spreading consistency. Thin with half-and-half or evaporated milk if icing hardens too fast.

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