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Black Cake

  • 1 lb butter
  • 1-1/2 lbs sugar
  • 1 Tbsp brandy
  • 1-1/2 lbs flour
  • 10 eggs, whites & yolks beaten separately very light
  • 4 ounces cream
  • 4 ounces molasses
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp powdered mace
  • 2 lbs raisins, seeded
  • 2 lbs currants, washed & dried
  • 1/2 lb citron, cut in little strips
Stir the butter and sugar to a cream.
Add the cinnamon, cloves, powdered mace and brandy. Beat with enthusiasm.
Add the beaten egg yolks and stir again.
Add the molasses. When this is well mixed in, add the flour alternately with the egg whites, leaving out 4 ounces of the flour to stir in the fruit.
Just before you put in the fruit, beat in the cream with the baking soda dissolved in it.
Add the fruit, then place the mixture in the pans.

If only using 1 pan, it will take nearly 4 hours to bake in a oven heated to 350F at 350°F.
The bottom and sides of the pan must be covered with buttered, white paper.
As soon as it browns on top, cover with thick paper.
Submitted by Tess M Jul 4, 2010 15 min 30 min 45 min

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