"This cake often appeared on the Sunday dinner table during the depression and the war years. It's been in my family for three generations. During the olden days, many families could not afford the luxury of the traditional fruitcakes, so this recipe became the popular Christmas fruitcake of the poor." — Doreen MacKay
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packed brown sugar
1 3/4 cups
My grandmother baked this cake for my dad for his birthday when he was a boy, he is now 87. I was so excited when I found the recipe, it is meant to be heavy and a bit dry. To avoid that if you wrap the cake and let it sit for 7 days as suggested, it will be more moist. I think the addition of pecans would be good. Grandma Julie made an icing as such. I bake the cake in a bundt pan and cover it with the following: Use a heavy skillet (I use an iron skillet) Melt 1 stick of butter or margarine to a bubble-y state, stirring, add brown sugar approx 1#, mix well-cook till bubble-ing, it will be like a heavy caramel with a fudge like texture. Add 2-3 Tablespoons of milk or cream. Stir well to mix, remove from heat and quickly spoon/drizzle over the decorative side of the bundt cake. This will dry and crack as you slice the cake, but oh so good. It also helps hold the moisture in. Either wrap in plastic wrap or foil for the 7 seven day period. I hope this is helpful to someone. I lowered the oven temp and checked with toothpick till it came out clean or with dry like crumbs on it. Dad says it is as "Good as Mom's" and that is good enough for me.
Cooking time at start of recipe contradicts the cooking time given at the end of the recipe. Does not take long to cook - 4o minutes for 18 person size.
Found the mixture very dry - 'batter' is normally a liquid consistency. Very tasty.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Poor Man's Cake II
Serving Size: 1/18 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 18
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 192
** Calories from Fat: 53
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