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Ferne's Christmas Cake

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Makes: 3 layers (suitable for wedding) Total Time: 4 hr
Category: Desserts Sub Category: Cakes

what you need
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 pound butter
  • 9 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in hot water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons mollasses
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 package (1/2 pound) walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 pound blanched almonds
  • 3 pounds large raisins
  • 1 pound small raisins
  • 1 1/2 cup mixed peel or cut fruit (1/2 pound)
  • 2 pineapple rings
  • 1 small bottle of marachino cherries and juice
  • 1 pound dates
  • 1 package desiccated coconut (1/2 pound)
  • 5 cups flour, divided
make it
1. Beat sugar and butter to cream. Add eggs 1 at a time and beat. Add baking soda and water, spices, molasses, salt, vanilla and nuts.

2. In a separate bowl, mix fruit with 1 cup of flour. Alternating, add floured fruit & rest of flour to butter mixture, stirring after each addition. Batter will be very thick.

3. Using wedding cake type pans and fill each pan 3/4. Bake as noted below. Check with large needle for doneness. When needle inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, cakes are done. Times below are quickest time, check each 10 minutes until cakes are baked.
Notes
275 degrees F oven -
Small pan - 2 hours & 40 minutes
Medium Pan - 2 hours & 55 minutes
Large Pan - 3 hours & 10 minutes
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