Grandma’s Molasses Fruitcake
Total TimePrep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling
Makes3 loaves (16 slices each)
I am so thrilled to get this recipe. My grandfather used to make it, every year, at Christmas time. I was too young to think about getting the recipe. After his passing, I really missed his Christmas cake. I when I had my family, I wanted to pass on Grandpa's tradition. I asked many family members if anyone might have the recipe. No one did. I basically recalled most of the ingredients, but still couldn't remember all. This recipe is so close to it, with the exception, Grandpa would put in large gumdrops, before baking. It was so yummy. Thank you, so much, for sharing this recipe.
What a surprise when I read the recipe. I am 78 years old and I live in Gatineau Quebec in Canada . The recipe is identical but one ingredient. My mother used milk instead of coffee. I made this cake for many years and still enjoy it. It is very sweet but good for this special occasion. Food brings people together.
My mother was a WWII war bride and immigrated to the U.S. after the war...she used to make this fruit cake WITHOUT EGGS AND THOSE COLORFUL FRUIT THINGS. During the war basic things like rags and whatnot were hard to come by. Her recipe was simple, raisins, flour, molasses, and nuts. This recipe was lost for many years, then one Christmas a friend of ours invited us over for Christmas dinner and after dinner brought out this fruit cake my mom used to make, she even gave us the ORIGINAL recipe my mom gave her with her picture for this fruit cake...this was back in 2007. My brother the following year made this recipe, it makes 3 cakes, and takes an hour and a half to bake at 325 deg. This recipe is very popular with our family, and some relatives want to change the name from fruitcake to raisin cake...I gave the above cake one star because of those colorful fruit thingies.
Fantastic recipe, or at least I think it is. I made the three loaves and immediately tried one when it cooled. The other two are aging in some port wine and brandy. I can't wait to unwrap these at Christmas.
Thank you so very much for posting this recipe. This is as close as I have found to my Mum's recipe for fruitcake. Making it was a 12 hour ordeal ! She would make 6 loaves at a time. She did use more fruit and candied cherries,which I picked out! I can't wait to make this and have a nice thick slice spread with butter. It's been far too long. Thank you again.