Everyone loves to bake at Christmas.

How about sharing our goodies with the children?

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to make a pan of cookies, decorate a plate of fancy cupcakes, or lift a Christmas cake out of the oven and send them off to Ronda to distribute to the children? Of course, we can’t do that, but we can bake a virtual Christmas treat!

For any of you who have ever made one, you know that fruitcake is expensive to make. But if we all chip in, we can do it! Here is a recipe that Gloria Grandy often made years ago to divide into smaller cakes and gave as Christmas gifts to friends. Let’s make a huge one for the children and for Ronda and her team in SA!

Simply choose an ingredient – or more than one ingredient if you like – and purchase it for $5 each cup, teaspoon or tablespoon. Send that amount to Ronda to help her meet the mounting cost of distributing our love to the children. Be sure to let us know in the discussion below which ingredient(s) you purchase so we don't end up with too much flour or not enough eggs!

If you would like the instructions to the fruitcake recipe below, please let us know in your reply and we’ll send you a PDF.

When the fruitcake is complete, we'll pick another recipe to make, so feel free to also suggest one that uses a lot of ingredients. Whether it's a cup of flour or an egg, every little bit helps. Let's get baking!

Dark Fruitcake
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups cream
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup strong coffee
4 cups flour
1 cup molasses or strawberry jam
2 cups dates
3 cups currants
9 cups raisins
4 tbsp. shortening
6 eggs
2 cups mixed fruit
1 1/2 cups red cherries
1 can crushed pineapple
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
2 cups mixed nuts

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This is a great idea!

Andrea, thank you for giving us this chance to spread some Christmas cheer to the children!!!  Yes, it would be wonderful to bake some goodies for the volunteers to pass out to the children.  But this is an opportunity to do the next best thing :)

When I used to make this too many years ago to count, I, my family, and my friends would all reap the benefits of my gatheting, stirring and baking.  This way, Ronda and her team ... and ultimately the children ... will benefit.  Our cake may not be real but the assistance we provide definitely will be.

I love nuts, so I will add   ...  ...   2 cups of mixed nuts

Added! Thank you, Glo, for being so nutty. :o)

Tee hee hee ... that's my best quality, Andrea ... xo

I'll add a cup of strong coffee

Thanks, Anne!  Could you pour me one of those too, please  ... with just a bit of cream :)))) xo

I love your photo - I forgot to add one so I'll add it here.  This is my two cups of mixed nuts.  Some of them even look familiar ... hahaha

Thank you, Anne! Feel free to keep a tally so we don’t lose track. 

  • I'd like to add a lemon please + lots of..... Good luck!!   ( Locally we'd call this idea a Friendship Cake).

Thank you, Karen!  Our cake batter is taking shape :))

I actually have a recipe for a friendship cake.  It's another one I used to make years ago.  It was made from a "starter" that one would receive from a friend.  When making it, you would add to that starter and save out portions of it to again pass to friends.  Without that starter, it couldn't be made.

I have the cake recipe but unfortunately I dont have know how to make the starter ... xo

Please add a cup of strawberry jam 

Perfect, Diana, thank you! 

When I used to make this i usually chose to use strawberry jam instead of molasses :)) ... xo

I think I'll put molasses in mine. I love dark, dark, dark fruitcake.



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