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Applesauce Fruit Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 tsp sat
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped red maraschino cherries drained, or candied carries
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 6 red cherries halved and drained
  • 6 pecan halves
  1. Heat oven to 325 f. grease a 10 inch tube pan; line bottom with waxed papers or foil and grease again
  2. In large bowl, beat sugar and shortening till light and fluffy. Add eggs, blend well.
  3. Reserve 1/2 cup flour. Add remaining 2 3/4 cups flour, baking soda cinnamon, allspice, cloves ad salt to egg mixture.
  4. Beat at low speed until moistened; beat 2 minutes at medium speed.
  5. In another large bowl combine 1/2 cup reserved flour with nuts, raisins, dates, and 1/2 cup cherries; stir until nuts and fruit are lightly coated.
  6. By hand stir nut-fruit mixture and applesauce into flour batter. Mix well
  7. Pour batter into greased and waxed pan, top with cherry halves and pecans. Bake at 325ºF for 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
  8. Cool upright in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan take off waxed paper. Turn upright onto a rack cool completely

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