Holiday Gumdrop Cake
- Ready In:
- 1hr 55mins
- 1 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 1⁄2 cups applesauce
- 1 teaspoon baking soda (dissolved in a little hot water)
- 1 1⁄2 lbs gumdrops
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 cups flour
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup nuts
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Grease and flour Bunt or angle food cake pan.
- Cream butter add eggs and sugar.
- Mix applesauce, soda, nutmeg and cinnamon together.
- Add to butter and egg mixture.
- Add gumdrops, nuts to flour and salt.
- (Mix to dredge).
- Add the flour-salt-gumdrop-nut mixture, mix thoughly.
- Pour into prepared pan and bake 1-1/2 hours.
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Our Family made this with a few differences. Whole pecans , gently sautéed in unsalted butter were used. Golden raisins make for a lighter flavor than dark raisins. Unsweetened applesauce made the cake less sweet. The biggest difference was that the gumdrops were quartered, meaning a great activity for kids. No black ones were used, so that's what we got as a treat when the long task of cutting up the gumdrops was done. This made 3 loaf pans or 5 small loaf pans. My family used greased waxed paper in the pans to be sure the gumdrops did not stick to the pan.Also we put a pan with water in the bottom of the oven to be sure the environment was moist.
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.
This cake turned out really pretty, but we were a little disappointed in the taste. The problem was that the gumdrops, numerous as they were, were just a tad overpowering. I would recommend halving the amount of gumdrops; that way, you get a gumdrop here and there instead of a mouthful with every bite. I'm glad I tried your recipe though, as I was curious about the whole idea of gumdrop cake. Thanks for sharing.