Although this is really a Christmas recipe, it happens to kick off the new little brown box I found recently. The recipe is very similar to Grannie Marvel’s recipe, so I’m pretty sure it’s good! The recipe does not indicate how to bake the fruit cake, which would likely be at 350 for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Once you have cooled the cake, you can bathe it in whiskey, rum or brandy as you like to achieve the right moistness. The biggest problem with most fruitcake is that it is dry as sawdust.
Xmas. Fruit cake.
1 c. sugar
1 c. b[rown] sugar
1/2 c butter (1/2 butter & 1/2 lard)
1 cup molasses
1 cup sour milk
1 level teas. soda
2 level teas. cloves, cinnamon and allspice
1/2 teas. nutmeg
3 eggs beaten
1 1/2 lb raisins
1/4 lb citron
1 cup nuts, lemon peel, O peel, figs, dates & cherries
Enough flour to thicken. About 3 to 4 cups
Fruit cake is a served in Jamaica at Christmas celebrations and weddings. Slightly different than the Christmas fruit cake you find in Europe or the United States, this cake is potent and rich. In the Jamaican tradition, you make many cakes at once, because it is polite to offer cake to house guests during the holiday season. If you want to adopt this tradition, you may want to double or triple the rum cake recipe. Find out how to make Jamaican rum cake.*