Friendship Fruitcake and Starter With Brandy

READY IN: 361hrs
Recipe by Lennie

Here's the recipe for the starter for a fruit-packed Friendship Cake. This is made with apricot brandy.

Top Review by Christina H.

I've been making this recipe for years as Christmas gifts for family and friends. Each and every year I get rave reviews from all. It's a HUGE hit here!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 cups apricot brandy
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 1 (28 ounce) cansliced peaches
  • 1 (19 ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2 (250 ml) jars maraschino cherries, drained and cut in half
  • 2 cups chopped nuts
  • 2 (18 ounce) packages Betty Crocker Super Moist cake mix (white, golden, vanilla or lemon)
  • 8 eggs
  • 34 cup oil

Directions

  1. Day 1: in a large bowl, combine brandy (or starter from a friend), 2 cups sugar and peaches; cover; store at room temperature.
  2. Stir daily.
  3. Day 5: Add 2 cups sugar and pineapple.
  4. Stir daily.
  5. Day 10: Add 2 cups sugar and cherries.
  6. Stir daily.
  7. Day 15: Drain fruit mixture; divide fruit in half.
  8. Reserve half for later use.
  9. Divide juice to make 3 or 4"starters" (at least 1-1/2 cups juice for each).
  10. Give juice"starter" to friends for use within 1 to 2 days.
  11. TO MAKE CAKE: Heat oven to 350 F degrees.
  12. Grease three 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pans.
  13. Combine half the fruit and nuts in a large bowl; flour with 1/2 pkg (about 2 cups) cake mix; set aside.
  14. Blend 1-1/2 packages cake mix, eggs and oil in another large bowl on low speed of mixer till moistened; beat 2 minutes at medium speed.
  15. Pour batter over fruit-nut mixture; mix thoroughly.
  16. Pour into pans and bake 60 minutes.
  17. Do not open door or prick or pat to test for doneness.
  18. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans.

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