Gumdrop Cake

    2 hours 30 minutes

    Here's an amazing fruitcake, sure to be a hit with the kids. It only improves with time, so keep it in the fridge and drizzle it with grape juice daily.

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    Serves: 28 

    • 250g butter
    • 2 cups (440g) white sugar
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 4 cups (500g) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 cups apple sauce
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1 tablespoon hot water
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 50g gumdrops, no black ones
    • 3 cups raisins
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    • 1 tablespoon butter

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:2hours  ›  Ready in:2hours30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C. Line two loaf tins or a ring tin with greased baking paper.
    2. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt.
    3. Cut the gumdrops in quarters. Fry the pecans in the 1 tablespoon butter or margarine. Mix pecans, raisins and gumdrops together and roll in 3/4 cup of flour mixture.
    4. In a large bowl cream together 250g butter or margarine and white sugar. Mix in beaten eggs. Mix in the flour and spice mixture alternately with the apple sauce. Dissolve soda in hot water and stir into batter. Stir in the vanilla. Stir in nuts, gumdrops and raisins.
    5. Bake for 2 hours. The baking time for the ring tin should be about 30 to 40 minutes longer. Test about 10 minutes before the longer time. Cool. Wrap in foil.

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    I also have made this for years. Just thought I would see if others had the same recipe,was delighted to see someoneelse has this great recipe. Its great for gifts, when you make small giveaway loaves.  -  14 Dec 2000  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Love it! Must use BAKING gumdrops/gums; you can't substitute regular gumdrops or JuJubes, etc because they will just melt. Adds colour & whimsy to your plate of holiday goodies. We replaced our old gumdrop loaf recipe with this one as it's much better.  -  19 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is the same recipe that my grandma made for years--I can still see her in the kitchen cutting up the gumdrops with her scissors. One helpful hint is to keep the sugar handy to dip your scissors in when they get too sticky. I've tried freezing the gumdrops and using the food processor but that doesn't work very well and was extremely noisy!! This is a very tasty "fruit"cake--not what traditionally is thought of as a fruit cake. I hope you decide to try this one and I'm pretty sure that you'll enjoy this piece of our family's Christmas tradition too! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Glenda=-)  -  03 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)