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    Friendship Fruitcake and Starter With Brandy

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    361 hrs

    360 hrs

    1 hrs

    Lennie's Note:

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

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    starters

    Units: US | Metric

    • 1 1/2 cups apricot brandy
    • 6 cups sugar
    • 1 (28 ounce) can sliced 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
    • 3/4 cup oil

    Directions:

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

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 18, 2006

      55

      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!

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    • on March 26, 2004

      35

      The baking time was too long, and my cake got very "crispy" on the outside, and made for a poor appearance. I usually check on my food after a while, but the instructions say not to open the door, and I've learned to follow those types of instructions, because they are usually there for a reason. The inside was good though. I would have rated it better if it hadn't burned. It was a lengthy process to have to throw half of it away.

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    Nutritional Facts for Friendship Fruitcake and Starter With Brandy

    Serving Size: 1 (3371 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 2234.4
     
    Calories from Fat 779
    34%
    Total Fat 86.6 g
    133%
    Saturated Fat 13.1 g
    65%
    Cholesterol 423.0 mg
    141%
    Sodium 599.6 mg
    24%
    Total Carbohydrate 358.1 g
    119%
    Dietary Fiber 10.2 g
    40%
    Sugars 339.7 g
    1359%
    Protein 26.8 g
    53%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    apricot brandy

    maraschino cherries

    Betty Crocker Super Moist cake mix

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