Friendship Fruitcake and Starter With Brandy

Total Time
Prep 360 hrs
Cook 1 hr

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

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


  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.
Most Helpful

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!

Christina H. November 18, 2006

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.

SmilinJenE March 26, 2004