Grandma Leach’s Fruitcake Recipe


4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cloves
3 cups unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped pitted dates
1 pound candied mixed fruit
2 cups chopped walnuts
1/2 cup walnut halves
1 cup halved candied cherries


1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch tube pan and one 9×5 inch loaf pan.
2. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves into a large bowl. Stir in the applesauce and oil, then mix in the raisins, dates, mixed fruit and 2 cups of walnuts. Pour into the prepared pans. Pans should be about 3/4 full if using mini pans, or an assortment.
3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the crown of the cake comes out clean.

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