Fruit Cake (Grannie Marvel)

My mom commented on a previous fruit cake recipe that “the best one” in our family is the one from Grannie Marvel, so I thought I’d share the recipe with you. We had this last year at the holidays and it is delicious!

Fruit Cake (Grannie Marvel)

1 1/2 cups raisins

1 1/2 cups dates

2 cups sugar

2 cups boiling water

5 tbsp Crisco

Boil this mixture for 20 minutes – let cool


3 cups sifted flour

1 tsp soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cloves

1 tsp salt

5 or 6 packages citrus fruit, nuts, pineapple or cherries

Fill paper greased pans 1/2 to 3/4 full and bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours at 275 to 300. When cooled baste with 1 tbsp brandy, bourbon or whatever every day for about 5 days.

4 thoughts on “Fruit Cake (Grannie Marvel)

  1. Sounds good! Maybe with today’s cooking equipment, the pan could be sprayed with PAM – I think I used the paper once or twice, but I don’t remember using it in a long time.


  2. My grandfather (Tom Pinkerton) was president of Jackson Cookie Company (long before it was sold to Kebler) and friends with the Jacksons until they died. This recipe has been in our family for years and passed as gifts to many. Its not your typical fruitcake as it tastes fantastic! Thanks for the share! Smiles, Michelle


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