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White Fruitcake

Yield Makes 1 (10-inch) cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 cups cake flour, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup peach nectar
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped candied pineapple (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1 cup chopped candied cherries (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1 cup golden raisins (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1 cup chopped crystallized ginger
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, toasted
  • 6 egg whites

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in extracts.

  2. Combine 2 cups cake flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with nectar, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition.

  3. Stir together remaining 1 cup cake flour, coconut, and next 4 ingredients. Stir fruit mixture and pecans into batter.

  4. Beat egg whites at high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Pour into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan.

  5. Bake at 275° for 2 hours or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. If desired, wrap in cheesecloth, and soak with 2 cup peach brandy for two weeks.