Grandma’s Molasses Fruitcake

“This dense, dark, moist fruitcake was my grandmother’s recipe. The flavour just gets better and better as it sits in the fridge, so be sure to make it ahead!” —Debbie Harmon, Lavina, Montana

Old fashioned Christmas cake recipes - Grandma’s Molasses FruitcakePhoto: Taste of Home
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
3loaves (16 slices each) 25minutes + chilling 1-1/4hours + cooling
Servings Prep Time
3loaves (16 slices each) 25minutes + chilling
Cook Time
1-1/4hours + cooling
Portions: loaves (16 slices each)
Portions: loaves (16 slices each)
  1. Preheat oven to 300°. Grease and flour three 9x5-in. loaf pans. Line bottoms with waxed paper; grease and flour the paper. Combine currants, raisins, walnuts, candied citron and 1/4 cup flour. Toss to coat; set aside.
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in molasses. In another bowl, whisk baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and remaining flour; add to creamed mixture alternately with coffee. Stir into currant mixture and mix well.
  3. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Wrap tightly and store in the refrigerator for at least 2 days to blend flavors. Slice and bring to room temperature before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 210 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 79mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 2g fibre), 3g protein.