Total Time
1hr 55mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This is my Mom's recipe for Gumdrop cake that she use to make, It is a family favorite. Easy to make. She always left the gumdrops whole or used the small spiced gumdrops.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour Bunt or angle food cake pan.
  3. Cream butter add eggs and sugar.
  4. Mix applesauce, soda, nutmeg and cinnamon together.
  5. Add to butter and egg mixture.
  6. Add gumdrops, nuts to flour and salt.
  7. (Mix to dredge).
  8. Add the flour-salt-gumdrop-nut mixture, mix thoughly.
  9. Pour into prepared pan and bake 1-1/2 hours.
Most Helpful

5 5

Fabulous! The kids were asking me if they did something "extra-'specially good" because they thought I made this to reward them. This is not the kind of fruitcake that everyone groans when they get it at the holidays, and then gives it away, and it continues to be "given away" as a symbolic gift for years. This is one you will not only actually want to eat - but make again!

5 5

I used spiced gumdrops and it was wonderful. The spiciness from these gumdrops gave it such a great flavor with each bite! I did cut the gumdrops in half and it worked great! I left my nuts in larger pieces too and I used chunky applesauce in mine so you got bits of apple throughout too. I used a sugar glaze on the top and just drizzled it down over the top. We all loved it here! Such a pretty presentation and a real belly tickler for my grandkids!

OMG I am so exited to see this recipe! I've never like traditional fruitcake due to the candied fruit. Once as a child, my neighbor brought us over a "fruitcake" (in a loaf pan) for Christmas but instead of candied cherries there were gumdrops! I loved it and I've been looking for the recipe ever since. Looking forward to trying this.