This recipe was adapted by my mother from one that appeared in the Washington Post newspaper in the late 1960’s. It is “quick” because it does not require dousing with sherry and soaking for months before serving. Cooking the raisins with water, sugar, and a little whiskey and honey moistens them before the cake is baked, so it can be served after only 1 week of resting. PLEASE READ THE RECIPE COMPLETELY BEFORE BEGINNING! We like to use 1 cup diced mixed candied fruit, plus 1 cup whole candied red cherries and large candied pineapple chunks, mixed. This makes a nice looking slice when served. The recipe makes 5 pounds of fruitcake – that’s two large loaves or one angel-cake ring pan. If you don’t have a mixing bowl large enough, use a large dutch oven or stockpot. For gift giving, I divide it into small disposable loaf pans – it makes 4 or 5 depending on size and how full they are. You absolutely must line the greased pans with parchment paper, then grease them again.