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Not A Fruitcake Fruitcake Recipe

Course Dessert
Author Liz Mays

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup jam I used red plum
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Topping

  • 10 pineapple rings 1 large can
  • 5 maraschino cherries
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 round layer cake pan, but nonstick pans are preferable for this recipe.
  • In small bowl toss dried fruits with 1Tbsp flour; set aside.
  • Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs; beat until smooth.
  • Add jam, milk and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  • In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to wet ingredients. Beat on medium speed until smooth.
  • Fold in dried fruit mix.
  • Pour equally into two round cake layer pans.
  • Bake 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove from pans onto cooling rack to cool completely.

Topping

  • Lay out pineapple slices onto foil-covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven; set aside.
  • In large bowl, combine coconut, pecans and raisins; set aside.
  • Blend sugar, flour and eggs in a mixer and then cook over medium heat until mixture reaches a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the cinnamon and cloves.
  • Stir in the coconut, pecans and raisins. Refrigerate mixture for about 15 minutes.
  • Spread a thin layer of the mixture on the top of one cake layer, and then 5 pineapple slices. Lay other cake layer on top and spread remaining topping over entire cake. (The finer the nuts are chopped, the easier it will be to spread.)
  • Decorate the cake top with the five remaining pineapple slices, placing a maraschino cherry into the center of each ring.
  • Add a touch of fruit or coconut to center of cake, if desired.