sketch of Bob above the Orange Fruit Cake recipe.

This must be a great orange fruit cake recipe...because even if you don't like fruitcake, you'll like this fruit cake! We are now assured that this will not become a holiday door stop.

MARY'S ORANGE FRUIT CAKE (For People Who Don't Like Fruit Cake)

1 lb. orange candy slices
1 lb. pitted dates
2 c. broken pecans
2 sticks butter or margarine
2 c. sugar
1 1/3 c. buttermilk, divided
4 eggs
4 c. flour
1/2 t. baking soda

Cut up orange slices, dates and pecans. Sift flour over them and set aside. Preheat oven 275°. Cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add 1 c. buttermilk. Mix the baking soda with the remaining buttermilk and add. Mix. Stir in the flour mixture and mix well. Pour into a greased and floured (10 inch) tube pan or 2 greased and floured (9x5 inch) loaf pans. Bake about 2 hours or til light golden brown on top.


Mix 1 can (6 oz.) orange juice concentrate with 2 c. brown sugar and pour half over the fruit cake as soon as it comes out of the oven. Let the cake stand 5-6 minutes then turn out onto a rack to cool completely. Pour the remaining glaze over the cake. Be sure to place foil on the rack because the glaze will drip. Cover cake tightly in foil and refrigerate leftovers. You can serve the fruit cake right away!
(makes about 20 servings)

Orange Fruit Cake recipe is published in our January, 2001 Menu Minder.