Dark Fruit and Applesauce Cake
Jean writes: “This recipe makes a dark, fruity, moist applesauce-type fruitcake using Wisconsin cranberries instead of candied fruit, which some people do not enjoy.”
  1. Blend together sugar, butter, eggs, molasses, and vanilla. Mix in applesauce, cherries, raisins, cranberries, and pecans; let this mixture sit to allow the raisins and cranberries to plump up.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl blend the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Grease 2 bread loaf pans (or 3 small loaf pans).
  5. Bake at 275 degrees for about 1-1/2 hours. Time may vary depending upon the type of bread pan used.
  6. Test for doneness with a toothpick.
Recipe Notes

Tip: Line the bottom of the bread pans with a layer of brown paper from a paper bag; it will prevent the cakes from sticking and will allow them to release when done.

Recipe courtesy of Jean Atter Chwala, Boyd, WI.