Recipe for Banana Fruit Cake


    Banana Fruit Cake

    1 cup butter
    2 cups granulated sugar
    4 eggs, beaten
    1 1/2 cups chopped pecans or black walnuts
    1 1/2 cup raisins
    6 ripe bananas, mashed
    2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    3 cups all-purpose flour
    1 (8 ounce) package chopped dates
    1/4 pound red and green candied cherries, cut
    3 pieces candied pineapple, finely cut
    1 (16 ounce) container fruit cake mix

    Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix, add nuts, raisins and dates; mix.

    Sift flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Add part of flour mixture to creamed mixture. Add bananas; mix. Add remaining flour. Add fruits and mix well.

    Pour into greased and paper-lined tube pan and loaf pan.

    Bake at 250 degrees F for about 4 hours. Place pan of water on rack under cakes for first 3 hours to keep moist.