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Fabulous Fruitcake


  • Serves 16.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg (freshly grated if possible)
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1-1/2 cups canned peach slices, chopped and drained
  • 1 cup light raisins
  • 1 cup dark raisins
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, cut in half
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • Cherry and pecan halves for garnish


Preheat oven to 300°. Plump raisins for 1 minute in 1 cup boiling water; drain and set aside. Sift together first 7 ingredients and set aside. Cream sugar and shortening with blender. Add remaining ingredients, including raisins, to sugar mixture, stirring well after each addition. Add flour mixture and cream well with wooden spoon. Pour into greased and floured large tube or loaf pan. Decorate top with cherry and pecan halves. Bake 2-1/2 to 3 hours until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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