Maya’s Fruit Cake

Fruit Cake

This holiday classic is dense, sweet, and filled with Christmas goodies. The holidays would not be complete without this seasonal staple.

Maya's Fruit Cake
Yield: 10 to 12 servings
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  1. 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 4 large eggs
  4. 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  5. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  6. 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  7. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  8. 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  9. 3 cups chopped walnuts
  10. 2 cups mixed candied fruit
  11. 2 cups chopped pecans
  12. 1 cup dried currants
  13. 1 cup raisins
  14. 2 cups unsweetened applesauce, warmed
  15. 3⁄4 cup brandy
  16. Glaze (recipe follows)
  1. Preheat oven to 300°. Spray a 15-cup Bundt pan with nonstick baking spray with flour. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy, stopping occasionally to scrape sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until combined.
  4. In a large bowl, combine walnuts, candied fruit, pecans, currants, raisins, and remaining 1 cup flour, stirring to coat. Add fruit and nut mixture, applesauce, and brandy to batter, stirring until combined. Pour batter in prepared pan.
  5. Bake until a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean, approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let cool in pan 20 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack, and let cool completely.
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Fruit Cake Glaze
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  1. 3⁄4 cup sugar
  2. 1⁄4 cup water
  3. 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  4. 1⁄4 cup heavy whipping cream, at room temperature
  5. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  6. 2 tablespoons brandy
  7. 1⁄2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, 1⁄4 cup water, and lemon juice to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, without stirring, until mixture turns amber in color and a candy thermometer reads 340°, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Carefully whisk in cream, butter, and brandy. (Mixture will boil vigorously.) Let cool 10 minutes. Whisk in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake.
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