Apple Fruit Cake
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.