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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
Lemon
Vanilla
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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Here's what we've done so far:

Dark Fruitcake


2 cups brown sugar
2 cups cream
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
Lemon - Karen G.
Vanilla
1 cup strong coffee - Anne P
4 cups flour
1 cup molasses or strawberry jam - Dianna D.
2 cups dates - Bev J.
3 cups currants
9 cups raisins
4 tbsp. shortening
6 eggs - Mili K.
2 cups mixed fruit
1 1/2 cups red cherries
1 can crushed pineapple - Chris Chiplen
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon - Sue Lyon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger  - Chris Chiplen
2 cups mixed nuts - Gloria G.

We're certainly on our way with the basic ingredients! Now it's time to put the FRUIT in the Fruitcake. Who's up for some currants, raisins or cherries?

I'll buy the cherries now.   Off I dash to the till now.............payment made, no hassle ✔️$

Thanks, Karen!

I never can resist a bargain, so I am going to add the 9 cups of virtual raisins.  I do wish I could purchase real raisins that inexpensively!

Here's what we've done so far:

Dark Fruitcake


2 cups brown sugar
2 cups cream
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
Lemon - Karen G.
Vanilla
1 cup strong coffee - Anne P
4 cups flour
1 cup molasses or strawberry jam - Dianna D.
2 cups dates - Bev J.
3 cups currants
9 cups raisins - Anne P.
4 tbsp. shortening
6 eggs - Mili K.
2 cups mixed fruit
1 1/2 cups red cherries - Karen G.
1 can crushed pineapple - Chris Chiplen
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon - Sue Lyon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger  - Chris Chiplen
2 cups mixed nuts - Gloria G.

Put me down for the Mixed Fruit.  I am also going to go shopping in the KAS Shop and purchase 4 bags of fruit under Distribution Support.  I will be a little fruity.

Thanks, Amy!  Does this qualify you to be a Fruit-Loop?

We now have half the ingredients for our cake.

You BET.

This is an Aussie Fruit Loop.....my favourite cereal as a kid...unfortunately only allowed 'once in a blue moon'.....covered in sugar crystals.  :))

I never acquired a taste for them (dead give-away that I'm from the pre-Fruit Loop generation).

Here's a good motto for all of us:

Definitely one of my aims in life, hahaha!

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