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Amish Fruit Cake


On a regular basis my computer desktop get so cluttered with files that I can’t find anything. Eventually I get frustrated enough to stop what I’m doing and stick most of it into folders so that I can once again find what I need.

The other day as I sorted through the various documents, photos, mp3s, and videos I found the recipe above. I’m sure I scanned it from a cookbook, but for the life of me I can’t remember what cookbook. I’m thinking it was one Blind Pig reader Gayle Larson let me borrow a while back.

Amish Fruit Cake

I was thinking of making a cake over the weekend and when I found the recipe hiding on my desktop I decided that was the cake. I used 2 cups of applesauce instead of fruit and it turned out very good. Its an easy cake to whip up since you can mix everything by hand in the same bowl and don’t have to drag out the mixer.


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    February 1, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Think I’ll try this recipe, sounds delicious, since we are on recipes anyone ever make fried biscuits, I made them this morning, had not remembered having them since childhood, just drop biscuit batter by spoonful in hot skillet with enough oil to brown, turn and brown other side, very tasty and moist, Love this site, brings back a lot of memories.

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    March 28, 2018 at 11:23 am

    That does sound easy, and since I found THREE big jars of applesauce in my Big Pantry Clearout yesterday, I certainly have the main ingredient at hand.
    Tipper, I just discovered that my “feedly” reader page that shows all the blog posts on the list of blogs I follow has not shown a new post for Blind Pig since March 15th! It just says “unreachable.” I don’t understand what the problem could be, but at least I finally figured out that this could be why I suddenly see 6 or 8 posts all at once on some of the blogs I follow…I am NOT losing my marbles as feared!
    p.s. I am giving away some packets of Sow True Seed summer and winter squash on my blog this week, perhaps of interest 🙂

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    March 27, 2018 at 12:23 am

    The name “Kauffman Amish Bakery” rang one of those little bells that hang around in the back of my mind. So I went looking ’cause I was curious. I found that a young lady (practically everyone’s younger than me) wrote a series of five novels from 2009 to 2012. They were the Kauffman Amish Bakery series by Amy Clipston, set in Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. From the book reviews, it seems the recipe probably originated in one of the books. Everywhere I found the recipe online, it had been posted around 2013. Thanks for tweaking my curiosity. I’ve lurked for the last few years, but I’m a devoted reader originally from Gastonia and now locked in an urban Southern California valley. Reading “Blind Pig and the Acorn” is like a short trip home.

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    b. Ruth
    March 26, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Might just give this one a try….easy peasy…so to speak…
    Did you plant potatoes on St. Patrick’s Day….maybe you are waiting until Good Friday…I sure could eat some little red grappled potatoes, spring onions and fresh green peas from the garden….I am concerned that a garden plantin’ will be much later this year…rain, rain and more rain and cool too…
    By the way, have you ever made a Prune Cake…I love them been years…I love the sugary butter drip icing that soaks into the cake…better to eat the second….I mean Prunes are good for you soooo, maybe it wouldn’t be too bad a calorie load…
    Thanks Tipper
    I love your recipe section….you have got to write a cookbook of family ways you and your family cook…

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    Rick Shepherd
    March 26, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Thanks Tipper!…..I will try your recipe, it sounds good and something easy for me to make…..When Mom was still with us, she used to make fruitcake the long way with all the fruits, nuts, spices and Kentucky Bourbon instead of rum…..I loved it so much that every year I would ask her to make me at least three cakes that I could freeze and enjoy all year……The closest thing that I have found to it is something delicious that my wife’s mother gets me every year for Christmas from the Trappist Monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani Farms in Trappist, Kentucky in central Kentucky…..They make their fruitcake with bourbon also.

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    March 26, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    The Amish Fruit Cake looks delicious. I’m not much for cakes, but this one seems simple and don’t have all those things that nobody knows what is. Nice post. …Ken

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    Melissa P. (Misplaced Southerner)
    March 26, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Sounds great and easy! Love “great and easy!” Just a quick question. I’m assuming light brown sugar, but you know what assume does.

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    March 26, 2018 at 9:00 am

    That sounds like an easy recipe I will have to try real soon. It sounds like the perfect cake for Easter dinner. It will be too cold and wet for Easter egg hunts, so we will just stay inside and eat.

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    Gayle Larson
    March 26, 2018 at 8:09 am

    I have made that cake many times and like you said it is easy and good. Most of the Amish dishes were easy because they did not have electric. Also they are usually made with staples you already have in your pantry.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 26, 2018 at 7:52 am

    That sounds like a soul soothing cake, you know no spices or strong flavors to distract you, just soft, soothing an nurturing to your soul.
    I think I’d like it!

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    March 26, 2018 at 7:06 am

    This sounds like just the thing to make on a chilly not-yet-spring day! Thank you for sharing (and I completely understand the computer clutter, LOL)

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