Apple Fruit Cake
This elegant moist applesauce cake is filled with
cherries, nuts, raisins and dates!

Yield: 20 servings

1 1/2 cups sugar
• 1 cup shortening
• 2 eggs
• 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
• 2 teaspoons cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon allspice
• 1 teaspoon cloves
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
• 1 1/2 cups raisins
• 1 1/2 cups chopped dates
• 1/2 cup coarsely chopped red maraschino cherries, very well drained
• 2 cups applesauce

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Grease a ten inch tube pan and line the bottom with waxed paper and grease again.

In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Add eggs; blend well. Reserve 1/2 cup flour. Add remaining 2 3/4 cups flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and salt to egg mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 2 minutes at medium speed.

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. By hand, stir nut-fruit mixture and applesauce into batter and mix well. Pour batter prepared tube pan.

Bake at 325 degrees F. for 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool upright in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan; remove waxed paper. Turn upright onto wire rack. Cool completely. Wrap cooled cake in plastic wrap or foil. Store in refrigerator.