Texas Cowboy Cake

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Serves: 8-12 per loaf
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Cooking Method: Bake


3 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp cloves, ground
2 c water
1 c strong brewed coffee
1 box raisins
1 box dates, chopped
3/4 c butter
4 1/2 c all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 c chopped pecans
1/2 c light corn syrup
1 c pecans, halved
2 Tbsp bourbon or rum (optional)

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Cindy Moblo Recipe
Lightly Salted
Kingwood, TX (pop. 208,027)
Member Since Apr 2012
Cindy's notes for this recipe:
My family's history in Texas goes back to the 1850's, and this recipe has been a family holiday favorite for generations. It primarily contains only ingredients a ranch would have readily available. It's the perfect "non-fruitcake lovers" fruitcake!
*Current update: I asked my Aunt Mary (my dad's cousin) where my Grandmother had received this recipe from. It came to her from her cousin, Jennie Morrow Decker. Jennie was the oldest surviving employee of Exxon Corporation, and the youngest grandchild of General Sam Houston!
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Turn EVERY day into a holiday with this wonderful cake... a true celebration of family and flavor!


Combine first eight ingredients in a saucepan and bring to low boil while stirring continually. Reduce heat and let simmer 5 minutes. Remove to cool.
Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Once cooled to lukewarm, slowly stir the liquid spice/fruit mixture into the dry ingredients. Pour into two well-greased loaf pans.
Arrange pecan halves in a decorative pattern on the top of the loaves.
Bake 1 hour at 300 degrees.
With a brush, gently apply a coat of corn syrup over the cakes. (A few tablespoons of bourbon or rum may be added to the corn syrup.)
Continue baking one hour, or until a toothpick come out of the cakes cleanly. Cool.
For an adult dessert, a few tablespoons of bourbon or rum can be poured on each slice prior to serving.

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user Stephanie Dodd skeen - Apr 3, 2012
user MaryAnn Miller gramofgreatest - Apr 3, 2012
I thought maybe this was a Texas Sheet cake but I was wrong. I am putting this into my vault. Have a great day.
user Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011 - Apr 3, 2012
Cindy this sounds devine!! What size loaf pans do you use? I have several different sizes. Thanks for sharing!!
user Kitchen Crew JustaPinch - May 9, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
user Kitchen Crew JustaPinch - May 9, 2012
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