Grandma's Prized Blue Ribbon Fruit Cake

"Grandma Little was a wedding cake maker and did so until the age of 76. I have been entrusted with her handwritten recipe collection. In it I have found her personal fruitcake recipe (dated 1940) and believed to be her mother's recipe. This cake has won countless awards and was used for every wedding cake made (over 400). I share this with you and in so doing remember Grandma Little, a woderful woman who loved baking as much as I do. She is dearly missed, with this recipe, her memory lives on in my home."
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Ready In:
4hrs 20mins
2 cakes




  • Chop all the dried fruit and nuts. Place in a bowl and set aside.
  • Cream the butter, sugar and honey.
  • Mix the rum, orange juice and eggsin a bowl.
  • Add the wet ingredients alternatley with the sifted dried ingredients. Stiring well after each addition.
  • Add the fruit and nuts. Stir well to combine.
  • Pour into two 9 inch round cake tins or one large 30xm square tin, greased and well lined up to the rim(s).
  • Bake at 130oC for 4 hours, turning once.
  • Cool in tin.

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  1. Lighthouse Rita
    The taste of this fruitcake was very good. I am a novice at fruitcakes so when I went to turn it after two hours the cake looked done. I put a toothpick in it and it came out clear. I decided to check on the internet and much to my surprise I found out you should use a meat thermometer to check doneness. Temp should be around 190 to 205. I put the cake back into the oven and cooked it another two hours. I was worried it would burn, but it came out perfect. Thank goodness for the internet. Thanks for sharing.


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