Grandma Leach's Fruitcake

Grandma Leach's Fruitcake


"My grandmother and mother made these cakes for years. They are moist but don't contain eggs. Applesauce is the secret ingredient. I sold these at bake sales for years and we had many customers who returned every year just to get one."
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1 h 10 m servings 210 cals
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Original recipe yields 48 servings



  • Calories:
  • 210 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 7.7 g
  • 12%
  • Carbs:
  • 34.8g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 132 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch tube pan and one 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves into a large bowl. Stir in the applesauce and oil, then mix in the raisins, dates, mixed fruit and 2 cups of walnuts. Pour into the prepared pans. Pans should be about 3/4 full if using mini pans, or an assortment.
  3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the crown of the cake comes out clean.



I love this very moist fruitcake. I got so many compliments on it! It is very moist! I baked mine in a bunt pan and a bread pan. It took 1 1/2 to bake at 300. I added 1/2 cup whiskey to one of t...

I had never made fruitcake before, so this was a first, for me. I decided to give this recipe a shot, because of your little blurb about the cake :). I followed the recipe exactly, but cut down ...

this is fabulous! I knew I was going to like it for the fact that it was made with applesauce and oil. I am not a fan of clove so only added 1tsp but added some fresh grated nutmeg and allspice ...