texas cowboy cake

★★★★★ 23
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By Cindy Moblo
from Kingwood, TX

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!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Turn EVERY day into a holiday with this wonderful cake... a true celebration of family and flavor!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 23
serves 8-12 per loaf
prep time 30 Min
cook time 2 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For texas cowboy cake

  • 3 c
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 3/4 tsp
    cloves, ground
  • 2 c
  • 1 c
    strong brewed coffee
  • 1 box
    raisins (15 oz.)
  • 1 box
    dates, chopped (8 oz.)
  • 3/4 c
  • 4 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp
  • 3/4 c
    chopped pecans
  • 1/2 c
    light corn syrup
  • 1 c
    pecans, halved
  • 2 Tbsp
    bourbon or rum (optional)

How To Make texas cowboy cake

  • 1
    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.
  • 2
    Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • 3
    Once cooled to lukewarm, slowly stir the liquid spice/fruit mixture into the dry ingredients. Fold in chopped pecans. Pour into two large well-greased loaf pans.
  • 4
    Arrange pecan halves in a decorative pattern on the top of the loaves.
  • 5
    Bake 1 hour at 300 degrees.
  • 6
    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.)
  • 7
    Continue baking one hour, or until a toothpick come out of the cakes cleanly. Cool.
  • 8
    For an adult dessert, a few tablespoons of bourbon or rum can be poured on each slice prior to serving.