Grandma Catherine's Candy Cake

Grandma Catherine's Candy Cake Recipe

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Laurie Colvin


No one in my family liked fruit cake but everyone loved moms candy cakes. They are labor-intensive but well worth it. She made them every Christmas.


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4 lb
gumdrops and orange slices (cut up) (do not use spice drops or licorice)
1 lb
dates, chopped
1 lb
candied cherries, cut in half
1 lb
candied pineapple, cut pieces in half
1 lb
chopped nuts, walnut, almond or pecan (i prefer walnuts)
1 lb
coconut, flaked


4 c
1&1/2 c
2 c
granulated sugar
6 large
1 Tbsp
1/2 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
3/4 c

How to Make Grandma Catherine's Candy Cake


  • 1Mix together and set aside; gumdrops, fruits, nuts and coconut.
  • 2Cream together; butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly.
  • 3In a septerate bowl, sift dry ingredients together.
  • 4To the creamed mixture, add alternately, buttermilk and dry ingredients, stirring until well blended.
  • 5Mix batter with fruit and nut mixture. Spoon into well greased loaf pans making sure there are no air pockets, filling at least 3/4 full. Yield; 5 medium and 6 small loaves. Bake at 250 degrees for approx. 3 hours. They should be golden brown but not over-baked. Insert a toothpick into the cake part and check for doneness.

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About Grandma Catherine's Candy Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes, Fruit Desserts, Candies
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American

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