Messy vegan kitchen is on the road this week! This recipe is brought to you from my mom's now messy vegan kitchen. When looking through holiday recipes, we ran across my great great aunt's fruitcake recipe. Fruitcake does not have a good reputation. For example, my mom's mom used fruitcake as a door stop. In college, we threw fruitcakes off the 8th floor of our dorm and they DID NOT BREAK. Merry Christmas, here's a chipped tooth. Thankfully this recipe yields a nice, moist cake that I'm fairly certain wouldn't survive an 8-story fall. As a bonus, you can basically throw in whatever you've got sitting around the kitchen since it's kind of an inherently ugly cake to begin with.
*1 flax egg = 3 tbsp warm water + 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup Earth Balance margarine
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 flax egg*
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 2 cup dates
- 1 cup raisins (or more dates)
- 1 cup pecans
- 2 cups green candied cherries
- 2 cups red candied cherries
- 2 cups candied pineapple
Heat margarine and apple sauce together until margarine is melted. Let it sit until cool and thick. Meanwhile, mix together everything from flour on down the list. Then add the flax egg and the sugar to the apple sauce/margarine mixture and mix everything together. Finally, add 1 tsp of baking soda dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water to the mixture. Bake in a bundt pan (if you have one) slightly below 300 degrees for 1 hour 45 minutes.
It's like a bowl of Lucky Charms that went bad.
The removal process went as expected (poorly).
The emergency reconstruction crew hard at work.
2013 in review, ornament style.