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You will love our vintage fruit cake recipes from the past.

We found these recipes in vintage recipe boxes!

If we have the name of the lady the recipe belonged to, we have given her the
credit for the recipe on our site.  I hope someone may find one of their
mother's lost recipes here.

I love the days gone by, the 40's, the 50's, and the 60's. We had more time
then.  Mom's cooked, there were picnics in the park, backyard barbecues,
wonderful holiday feast, glorious celebrations with great foods.  Life seemed
warm, fuzzy, and safe, but we were the kids then.............
Apple Sauce Fruit Cake
Belonged to Cecelia Jack
Cream 1/2 cup shortening, 3/4 cup brown sugar
Add 2 eggs beaten, shift 3 cups flour with 2 tsp soda, 1 1/2
tsp cloves, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp cinnamon.

Save out 1/2 cup flour mixture to dredge.
2 cups raisins,
2 cups chopped nuts, and
1 cup chopped dates.

Combine flour mixture with 2 cups sweetened thick apple
sauce to
creamed mixture.  Mix well - add fruit and nuts.  Dredge in
1/2 cup flour and mix well.  Bake in loaf pans 1 hour at 325
Found typed in a tin recipe box

Little kitchen, you're my throne
For 'tis here and here alone
That my rule is held supreme
And I reign a royal queen.

Here I come day by day
Toil the precious hours away
Singing blithely while I make
Flakey biscuits, pies, and cakes.

Little kitchen, would you hear
Why this cooking art is dear?
Then the secret I'll impart
Tis the way to a mailman's heart.
Little Girl Baking Fruit Cakes
Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice
Gumdrop Fruit Cake
Belonged to Virgie Towell
1 lb. White raisins cut in two
2 lbs. Gumdrops cut into small pieces (don't use black)
1 c. Pecans fried in a little butter
4 c. Flour,
1 tsp. Cinnamon,
1/4 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg, 1/4 tsp. Salt,
1 c. Shortening,
2 cups sugar,
2 eggs,
1 1/2 c. Applesauce,
1 tsp. Soda dissolve in 1 tbs. Hot water,
1 tsp vanilla.

Shift dry ingredients together, use part to dredge raisins
and gumdrops.
Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs.
Add flour and applesauce.
Stir in soda and vanilla.
Add nuts, raisins, and gumdrops.

Bake in 3 loaf pans, lined with greased paper, for 2 hours,
in a very slow oven (300) degrees.
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Vintage fruitcake recipes.
Fruit Cake
Year - 1961

3 cups seedless raisins
1 1/2 cups currants
1/2 pound candied pineapple
1/2 pound chopped citron
1/2 pound candied cherries
1/2 cup apple juice
3 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice 6 eggs
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 cups canned apple sauce
1 teaspoon salt

Wash raisins and currants, dry.  Cut pineapple, citron and
cherries, combine with raisins and currants.  Pour apple juice
over fruits.  Let stand 3 hours.  Sift together flour, baking
powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.  Beat eggs until
very light.  Cream together butter and sugar, add eggs.  Mix
well.  Add apple sauce and flour mixture alternately to
creamed mixture.  Add fruits a small amount at a time mixing
until all the fruit is thoroughly coated.  Line 10 inch tube pan
with double thickness of waxed paper.  Grease well.  Pour
batter in pan.  Bake at 275 degrees, 4 1/2 hours.  Makes one
5 1/2 pound cake.

The cake itself is big, beautiful, plum dark, thick with candied
pineapple and cherries, with citron, raisins and currants, all
made fragrant with spices.  It is pleasantly moist yet firm and
not over sweet.  The secret lies in two ingredients, apple juice
and canned apple sauce.  The fruits are first marinated in the
apple juice.  And the apples sauce helps keep the cake moistly
fresh for days.  While it takes a little time, this fruit cake is
easy to make.
Old Time Fruit Cake

1 1/2 pounds of sifted all-purpose flour
1 3/4 pounds of white sugar
6 eggs 1/2 pint of sweet milk
2 teaspoons of soda
2 grated nutmegs
1 pound of raisins
1 pound of currants
1/2 pound of citron
1/2 gill of Brandy
1/2 gill of Rum
1 teaspoon of ground cloves
nuts - your choice

Cream the butter and sugar.  Add the milk,
first putting in it the soda, dissolved in a little
hot water.  With the sifted flour, add the
spices.  Then stir and blend in the flour. Add
the eggs.  The yolks first, well beaten.  Then
the egg whites, beaten stiff after which blend
in the remaining ingredients.  The currants
should be washed and dried and the citron
chopped fine.  Flour all the fruit before adding
to the cake mixture.  Bake in a large tube
cake pan or several small pans if desired.  
Grease and flour the pans.  Bake in 325
degree oven for 1 1/2 hours, or until done.  
Test with a clean straw to tell when done.

Mrs. Fontaine's recipe, she wrote, "This recipe
has been in my family for 60 years.  It was in
my mother's collection and was given to her
by Mrs. James Chidester.  You can substitute
berry juice for the rum or gin, if you are
religious.  The cake improves with age."
Last Minute Fruit Cake

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
2 cups flour
1/2 cup orange juice or milk
1 pound of each pecans, walnuts and
1 bottle maraschino cherries
1 package orange sliced candy

Cream shortening and sugar
together.  Add eggs and apple
sauce.  Combine dry ingredients and
add with orange juice.  Add candy,
nuts, etc.  Bake in slow oven 250
degrees for 3 hours.  Have pan of
water in oven while baking.
Fruit Cake Cookies
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2/3 cups butter
3 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
3 cups flour
1 teaspoons soda dissolved in 3 teaspoons milk
1 fruit glass of wine
1/2 pound chopped dates
1/2 pound candied cherries
1/2 pound candied pineapples
1 pound white raisins
4 cups nuts.
Mix as fruit cake and drop on greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.
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wrote at the bottom of the index card.
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Ms. Starla -
I found your delightful recipe page site whilst looking for information about a small framed picture that has been
hanging in my Mom's kitchen since before I was born.  It's still here, as I live in the "old homestead," as do so many
in my city.
It is "Little Kitchen," a typed version of which I found on your site.  Knowing my Dad's skills, I'm fairly certain he
purchased it already framed...

Mom wrote on the back "Valentine Greetings - From Francis - February 14, 1938."  This was about a year before
they married.
She must have thought it was a joke ("What - Catherine cook?") - she was a real flapper during the '20s and did
many unconventional things for young women of the day (including having a pilot's license), and did not marry until
she was 37, which was unusual for her generation; however, her many interests did not include cooking.  She
passed away at 95 in 1997.

The only label it bears is a tiny partial one on the back, stating "COPYRIGHT - THE UZZA COMPANY - MPLS. U.S.A."  
The name of the company is not a misprint - that is the spelling.

It is about the only poem I have never forgotten.

I made a scan of it several years ago and broadcast it to the nieces and nephews on her birthday - which
coincidentally is tomorrow, Groundhog Day.
I did not want to just attach it as a .jpeg, in the event your software thinks it is Spam, so let me know if you'd like
to see it/have for your site.  It's kinda discolored from hanging in a kitchen for 71 years, but that adds to its
charm.  As an aside, I remember how bright it was when I was a kid in the '40s - guess I'm aging.

Mom was born in 1903, the oldest of 7 kids (she also outlasted all of her siblings).  Her Dad was a railroad engineer
with the MoPac, so even with 7 kids they were fairly well-off for working folks.

She was a true "flapper" during the '20s.  She had a bunch of similarly-minded girlfriends who had good jobs (for
women for the day), so could indulge their desire to "do things."  Mom was head of what I guess what was called a
secretarial pool for an insurance company in STL, so she was not a "shopgirl," and had extra money.

She and her buds went camping, took trains to places of interest, went to various World's Fairs and expositions -
even hopped freight trains for adventure (this was before the Depression).

She met Amelia Earhart in a hat shop in STL, and vowed to get a pilot's license, which she did - this was sometime
in the early '30s.

She and her buds wanted to have fun and not settle down; mind, they were not hedonists, but just wanted to do
things that males could do and females were not supposed to do.

She had a couple of Chiropractic sessions for injuries encountered in AAU athletics (whether the volleyball,
basketball, or swimming I do not recall - she did all sports - and I was a klutz at all sports) - so she decided to go
to Chiropractic College, from which she did graduate, although she never officially practiced - she made more money
at the insurance company.

She fell in love with my Dad - he was a friend of her younger brother, and was 9 years younger than her - again,
unusual for the day.  She married when she was 36.  I came along in 1940, and then the War, and that was the end
of her flying.  Off topic, but even though she flew and rode motorcycles back in the '20s - she never learned to

She was one of the movers in our parish when the STL Archdiocese integrated schools in 1948 - long before public
schools did.  She lost some friends over it, but had her own caustic comments about "Christians" who weren't really.
She took Russian and belly dancing classes in her '70s - Dad was mortified, of course.  She won two gold medals in
swimming in Senior Olympics when she was 84.

I digress - but thanks for the opportunity.
Tom Maher
Little Kitchen Frame
Little Kitchen
Little Kitchen Graphics
Little Kitchen Poem
Sir, thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
A gentleman reading our website was moved to write.  He had
remembered the little poem above from his mother's kitchen. A small
framed picture had been hanging in his Mother's kitchen for 71 years
or so.  Warmed by the memories of his mother, he sent a little story
of her life and a photo of the well loved poem which she treasured.

What a marvelous fascinating women she must have been. It is
unfortunate time has rendered it impossible for us to have gotten to
know her.

Here is a part of her never to be forgotten:
Plain Fruit Cake
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 cup molasses
1/2 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon boiling
1 cup seeded halved raisins
1 cup currants
1 cup strong black coffee
2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon mixed ground spices
Cream together the sugar and shortening; add the beaten
eggs and the molasses into which the dissolved soda has
been stirred.  Next put in the fruit and the coffee alternately
with the dry ingredients sifted together.  Beat thoroughly
and bake in a prepared loaf cake pan about one hour in a
moderate oven
at 350-375 degrees F.