I first made this cake just over 30 years ago when our liquor was inexpensive. I continued this tradition ever since. The cake is nice and moist and has a most delightful flavor. Very Nutty and Fruity. Makes about 12 to 13 pounds of cake.
Cut both red and green pineapple rings into chunks (about 6 chunks of each ring.) In a large mixing bowl, add red and green pineapple chunks, pecans, almonds, red and green maraschino cherries, mixed peel and raisins and mix well.
Add the entire bottle of Brandy and mix well.
Cover the bowl tightly with food film wrap and let stand overnight.
During this marinate, mix at least two times.
THE NEXT DAY.
Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
Sift 3/4 cup of flour over marinated fruit and mix well to coat.
Now sift an additional 1/2 cup flour over fruit and mix well again.
In a mixing bowl cream butter; set aside.
In a separate mixing bowl, beat eggs with 2 tablespoons of milk.
Add baking soda and almond extract to the beaten eggs and mix well.
Add remainder of 1 1/2 cups of flour over the fruit and mix well.
Add creamed butter and egg mixture over fruit and mix well.
Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, mace and cinnamon and mix very well.
Prepare 3 bread pans (4" x 8" x 3" deep) with parchment paper (or brown paper.) Pour cake mixture equally into each pan to about 3/4" below top of pan.
The cakes should be between 2" and 2 1/2" in thickness.
Bake in preheated 275 F oven for 4 to 5 hours on the middle rack.
If top of cake starts to brown too much, cover with aluminum foil and continue baking.
Test cake for doneness with a wooden testing stick.
If stick comes out dry, the cakes are done.
Remove cakes from oven and let cool in pans.
When cooled, remove from pans and place on metal racks for about 3 hours.
Remove the brown paper carefully and discard.
Baste the tops of each cake with Apricot Brandy or if desired with 151 Overproof Rum.
Wrap each cake in about 4 thicknesses of cheese cloth.
Now wrap each cake with 2 layers of heavy duty aluminum foil.
Store the cakes in a cool place for at least 1 month before using (this is when they are best.) A few days before serving, unwrap the top of the foil and baste the cake through the cheesecloth with brandy or rum.