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This recipe was a favorite of my grandmother and mine until it was lost for many years. I wrote to our local newspaper cooking column on a hunch, to see if anyone could locate it , and low and behold, some kind reader found it and quickly shared it! I am so happy to have it in my possession once again and am posting it here for safe keeping. It is a wonderful little gem of a cake.
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1⁄8 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup butter (room temperature)
- 1 large egg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1⁄3 cup candied red cherries, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup chopped nuts
- 1⁄4 cup golden raisin
- 1⁄4 cup chopped dried apricot
- glace cherries, halves for decoration (red or green)
- Line mini-muffin tins with fluted foil or paper cups.
- Mix flour, cocoa, and baking powder.
- In large bowl, beat sugar, butter with electric mixer until well blended.
- Beat in egg and vanilla.
- Beat in flour mixture and then milk just until blended.
- Stir in remaining ingredients.
- Spoon mixture into prepared muffin cups.
- Top each with a red or green glacé cherry half.
- Bake at 325°F for 15 to 20 minutes until tops look dry.
- Remove to wire racks to cool.
- Store in airtight container.