This is a easy alternative to Christmas cake, but good any time of year. I like it better than fruit cake and the pecans may be soaked in brandy or whisky several days before the cake is made.
I made this in a bread tin so halved the ingredients and replaced pecans with glace cherries and apricots and it was superb. Will definitely make again as the Autumn set's in - 06 Oct 2010
Used different ingredients. Replaced the pecans with glace cherries and apricots (never had any pecans hence the change). - 06 Oct 2010
This is very similar to a recipe that has been handed down in my family for over 100 years. If you think this cake is good the first day, then why don't you put it int he fridge and let it set 3 days. The flavors meld beautifully and it is great cold. I even use it for wedding cakes. It is a stately, elegant, rich cake that will take your breath away. - 21 Apr 2003 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)