Jelly drop fruit cake

    2 hours 45 min

    A deliciously different fruit cake, which is perfect for Christmastime. It's moist, warmly spiced and dotted with jelly drops, raisins and pecans.

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    Makes: 2 23x13cm loaves or 1 26cm tube cake

    • 225g butter
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 500g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 350g apple sauce
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 tablespoon hot water
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 450g jelly drops
    • 435g raisins
    • 110g chopped pecans
    • 15g butter

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:2hr  ›  Ready in:2hr45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Line two 23x13cm loaf tins or one 26cm tube cake tin with greased baking parchment.
    2. Sieve together the flour, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt.
    3. Cut the jelly drops in quarters. Fry the pecans in the 15g butter. Mix pecans, raisins and jelly drops together and roll in 100g flour mixture.
    4. In a large bowl, cream together 225g butter and caster sugar. Mix in beaten eggs. Mix in the flour and spice mixture alternately with the apple sauce. Dissolve bicarbonate of soda in hot water and stir into batter. Stir in the vanilla. Stir in nuts, jelly drops and raisins.
    5. Bake for 2 hours. The baking time for the tube cake tin should be about 30 to 40 minutes longer. Test about 10 minutes before the longer time. You may not get a clean skewer, but you will be able to tell if it is the jelly drop or batter. Cool. Wrap in foil.

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    I also have made this for years. Just thought I would see if others had the same recipe,was delighted to see someoneelse has this great recipe. Its great for gifts, when you make small giveaway loaves.  -  14 Dec 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Love it! Must use BAKING gumdrops/gums; you can't substitute regular gumdrops or JuJubes, etc because they will just melt. Adds colour & whimsy to your plate of holiday goodies. We replaced our old gumdrop loaf recipe with this one as it's much better.  -  19 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is the same recipe that my grandma made for years--I can still see her in the kitchen cutting up the gumdrops with her scissors. One helpful hint is to keep the sugar handy to dip your scissors in when they get too sticky. I've tried freezing the gumdrops and using the food processor but that doesn't work very well and was extremely noisy!! This is a very tasty "fruit"cake--not what traditionally is thought of as a fruit cake. I hope you decide to try this one and I'm pretty sure that you'll enjoy this piece of our family's Christmas tradition too! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Glenda=-)  -  03 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)