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Apple Fruitcake

3 cups thick applesauce
2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening, half butter
1 pound dates, chopped
1/2 pound light or dark raisins
1/4 pound candied red cherries
1 pound assorted candied fruit
4-1/2 cups sifted flour
4 teaspoons soda
2-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound nut meats, in large pieces

Instructions

Combine applesauce, sugar and shortening. Cook five minutes, stirring occasionally. Let mixture stand until next day. Combine all fruits in a large bowl. Sift all dry ingredients together into the fruits in small quantities. Mix thoroughly until each piece is coated. Stir in cooled applesauce, mixing well. Stir in nuts. Pour batter into pans which have been lined with double thickness of waxed paper. Fill pans 3/4 full. Bake at 250? about 2 hours or till done. When cakes reach desired browness, lay brown paper over top till finished. Cool on wire rack out of pans. Wrap in foil and store in cool place.

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