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This is the tastiest cake! I have made this with various combinations of fruit - both fresh and dried combined and it has been delicious each time. I have even replaced my family recipe for Christmas Cake with this one! I don't soak the cake in brandy after it is baked, but I do boil a 1/2 cup brandy with the fruit and coffee. Thanks for a wonderful keeper recipe!
I made this recipie except for the soaking in wine at the end. It only needed to be cooked half as long as the recipie stated. I am going to try it again with the addition of allspice.
I too passed up the soaking step, we liked it very much the way it came out. Kind of like a thick cookie filled with nuts and raisins, I cut it into small wedges. The coffee taste was quite prominent, almost a mocha taste with no chocolate. I used vanilla extract. I will make these again, they do bring back childhood memories, thanks for posting.
When I saw this recipe it was like a trip back in time! I grew up in a large family, Mum always used 'frugal'recipes, I remember she added raisins to the batter. I had to make it this weekend! I used raisins, cherries and pecans. Instructions are easy to follow.I skipped #7,8 as we wanted to eat it today, will keep the rest in the frig, I know it will not last long!! Mum sometimes used this as her Christmas cake, all the candied fruits and peels were too expensive, she sometimes added spices to the batter. Thanks for a trip down memory lane IB.