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Traditional Wedding Fruitcake

Yield one 10-inch cake

Ingredients

  • 2 (15-ounce) packages raisins, chopped
  • 1 (10-ounce) package currants
  • 3 (4-ounce) packages chopped candied citron
  • 1 (16-ounce) package candied pineapple slices, chopped
  • 1 (8-ounce) package candied red cherries, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped candied orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon chopped candied lemon peel
  • 3 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup red wine

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 8 ingredients; dredge with 3/4 cup flour, stirring to coat well. Set aside.

  2. Cream butter in a large mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in molasses.

  3. Combine remaining 1 1/2 cups flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk and wine, mixing well after each addition. Stir in dredged fruit.

  4. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Bake at 275° for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until cake tests done. Cool cake completely in pan.

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