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Easy Christmas Cake Yummmy


3 - 7 ounce - containers candied cherries
1 - 7 ounce - container candied mixed citrus peel
3 cups raisins
1 cup dried currants
1 cup dates pitted and chopped
3 - 2.25 ounce -packages blanched slivered almonds
1-3 cup brandy
1-3 cup all purpose flour
3 cups all purpose flour
1-3 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-3 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
8 eggs
3-4 cup molasses
3-4 cup apple juice


in a medium bowl combine cherries citrus peel raisins currants dates and almonds stir in brandy let stand 2 hours or overnight dredge soaked fruit with 1-3 cup flour
preheat oven to 270 degrees F - 130 degrees C - grease an 7x7x3 inch fruit cake pan line with parchment paper and grease again in a small bowl mix together flour baking soda cloves allspic cinnamon and salt set aside
in a large bowl cream butter until light gradually blend in brown sugar and eggs mix together molasses and apple juice beat into butter mixture alternately with flour mixture making 4 dry and 3 liquid additions fold in floured fruit turn into prepared pan
bake in preheated oven for 3 to 3 1-2 hours, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean remove from pan and lift off paper cool cake completely and then wrap loosely in wax paper store in an airtight containe