Orange Slice Fruit(less) Cake

Do you like fruitcake?  I don’t like purchased fruitcake.  At all.  But, I love home-made versions.  How about you?

Mom 2 gave me her Lemon Extract Cake recipe many years ago, and it’s basically home-made fruitcake.  She made a large loaf “fruitcake” for our family every Christmas.  Her regular recipe is delicious with all the candied fruit varieties!  Unfortunately, HH isn’t so much a fan of candied fruit.

Maybe you have to grow up eating the Lemon Extract Cake to be head-over-heals for it like PAM, HBD, and I are.  (That’s Painter Artist Mom and Handy Builder Dad if you’re new here.  Also, Mom 2 is mom to my old neighborhood friend from high school.  She put up with me hanging around their house for hours on end in my teen years and beyond.)  My feet were often under the deliciously-filled table in Mom 2’s kitchen.

Orange Slice Cake

With this recipe, you’re basically making Mom 2’s fruitcake recipe with chopped orange slice candies as a replacement for candied fruit.

Making Fruit(less) Cake

The first step is to chop the orange slices and set aside.  Mix the batter and add pecans.

Making Fruit(less) Cake

Then add the chopped orange slices.

Making Fruit(less) Cake

Stir and bake.

Making Fruit(less) Cake

You know what I discovered?

It disappeared from the cake plate quickly…because HH was inhaling large chunks of the stuff.

Finally got the guy to eat something at least similar to fruitcake!

Here’s your recipe to print.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Orange Slice Fruit(less) Cake
 
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A festive fruitcake-like cake without the candied fruit. Use orange slice candies instead!
Kim:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 48 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 34- to 36- ounce container of orange slice candies (4-5 cups chopped)
  • 1 pound butter (4 sticks - no substitutions)
  • 3 cups sugar, divided
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 ounces lemon extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Chop orange candies over a bed of ½ cup sugar. After chopping, combine candies and sugar with ½ cup flour. Stir to coat and set aside.
  2. In very large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy and cream-colored. Add eggs one at a time, blending well between. Add lemon extract. Mix well and add remaining 3-1/2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt (about ⅓ at a time, blending between additions).
  3. Fold in nuts and chopped candies combined with sugar and flour you set aside earlier. Batter will be thick.
  4. Prepare four 4-1/2" x 9" loaf pans with vegetable spray, LINE WITH WAX PAPER, and spray again. (Or, you can fill one tube pan and adjust baking time, as it can take up to 2 hours.)
  5. Spoon batter into pans, dividing evenly. Bake 1-1/2 hours in 300-degree oven.
  6. Remove when toothpick test comes out clean. Let cool for 10-15 minutes and remove from pan. Carefully peel away wax paper and finish cooling on cooling rack. Enjoy!

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This recipe makes enough for four loaf cakes, so it’s a great one for giving at Christmas.  Don’t we all love to get yummy baked goods at Christmas?  Do unto others….  🙂

Happy Christmas baking!

Blessings~

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Kim, I love and make my Mom’s fruitcake recipe every year, but Butch is not a fan of fruitcake. I also love orange slice cake and this. Erosion with the lemon extract sounds delicious! Merry Christmas to you and yours! And blessings for 2017!
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  2. Lyn says

    Looks yummy! I like you do not like store bought fruitcake, but my friend always makes her aunts recipe and I look forward to it every year. Merry Christmas to you and your familly.

  3. Marsha Williams says

    Kim, please. please .please go back to your other layout, I can’t see some of your post and cannot find a way to get rid of or move that “active campaign” thing. I love reading your posts and hate that I have to guess the first word or two of the first 10 to 15 sentences.

    • says

      I’m working on it, Marsha. I’m so sorry for the inconvenience, which seems to be for those who read by iPad. The update wasn’t supposed to change anything on my site, so I may need to hire someone to repair some damage. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long after Christmas weekend. Thanks so much for your patience, and Merry Christmas!

  4. robin says

    That looks yummy-licious! I used to love love love orange slices when I ate sugar!
    I was reading the recipe to ST after I told her it looked yummy.
    She said, “Ok, Paula Dean.” LOL
    She says that any time a recipe has more than a tad of butter.
    But it’s GOOOOD!!! Right? It looks it!!!
    Calories don’t count at Christmas!

    • says

      Yes, I’m in the Paula Deen “more butter” camp usually. You’re right about calories at Christmas! Merry, merry!

  5. Marsha Williams says

    Thanks Kim, I hate to be a complainer, but I really want to know what you are saying. And hate to have to hope I understand what I think it is rather than guess what it is.
    I am using a desk top so I really have no idea how many others are affected.
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
    Marsha

    • says

      Please don’t feel bad about telling me. I needed to know. I just hate that it’s not something I can fix easily and must rely on other people for it. Thanks so much for your patience. Merry Christmas! 🙂