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.

3 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.

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