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Candy Orange Slice Fruitcake

My version of yule fruitcake has a citrusy twist. When you share it, be prepared to pass around the recipe.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-3/4 hours + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 pound candy orange slices
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups candied cherries
  • 1 package (8 ounces) chopped dates
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the applesauce, eggs and buttermilk. In a large bowl, combine the orange slices, pecans, coconut, cherries, dates and 1 cup of flour; toss to coat. Combine the baking soda, salt and remaining flour; add to the buttermilk mixture. Fold in orange slice mixture.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 300° for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 900 calories, 37g fat (16g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 383mg sodium, 139g carbohydrate (94g sugars, 5g fiber), 9g protein.

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