My Mom's Light Christmas Cake
205 mins (prep 25, cooking 180)
16 ingredients
6-8 servings
I don't think I ever saws my Mom make a cake from a mix; she was a superb baker and all around cook, but lovingly remembered for her wonderful Christmas creations (let alone Easter!) amongst which is this rich and lovely Christmas Cake, that I can share with you. In attempting this one, you need remember that it was "always on a budget", so the cherries, peel, etc are not the ones packed in expensive syrupy fluid, but rather the cheaper "candied" ones, often bought in today's "Bulk Barn"... Mom never advocated drinking, but using white rum or brandy in place of the pineapple juice was not unusual, I just can't imagine her writing that out for dissemination in the family reunion cookbook I'm pulling this up from... Where "fruit" is mentioned as an ingredient, most often this meant currants, in semi-dried form, but I'll go out on a limb and suggest chopped dried apricots would work well, too...(remember, this is a "heritage" recipe, Mom was into her 20's in the Dirty Thirties, when you worked from the cheapest ingredients, and there weren't a lot of choices!)

Categories:  holiday , north-american , heirloom~historical , christmas , canadian , <-4-hours , time-to-make , dessert ,
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Serving Size (291.75 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 1017.93 Calories from Fat 654.3
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 72.7g 671.04%
Saturated Fat 28.14g 844.1%
Trans Fat 1.62g %
Cholesterol 105.98mg 211.95%
Sodium 767.81mg 191.95%
Total Carbohydrate 90.95g 181.91%
Dietary Fiber 8.97 g 215.16%
Sugars 74.52 g %
Protein 13.22g 158.65%
Vitamin A 1280.94IU% Vitamin C 8.05mg%
Calcium 216.67mg% Iron 2.6mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
red, fruit, citrus peel, pineapple juice, sifted flour, white raisins