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Japanese Fruit Cake

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1 cup butter
2 1/2 cups sugar
5 eggs
3 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 cup chopped raisins
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts

Prepare 4 (8 inch) pans.

Cream butter with sugar.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Use 1/4 cup of the flour to mix with the raisins & nuts.

Sift remaining flour with salt and soda.

Add to first mixture, alternating with buttermilk and vanilla.

Divide batter by pouring 1/4 of it into one layer pan; 1/4 of it into another layer pan.

Mix spices and floured raisins & nuts into remaining batter.

Pour into last 2 layer pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on racks.

Short Cut:

Use commercial spice cake and white cake mixes. Adding raisins & nuts to spice cake.

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It's not what you are thinking..the cake got it's name from Missionaries that was in Japan in the 1800's. When they maked this fruit filled cake at home, it was labled as Japanese Fruit Cake. It's a 4 layer cake with 2 spice & 2 white, and lots of fruit.

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