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Frank's Nearly Fatal Fruitcake

This recipe is named for the sheer amount of bananas, butter, and booze my neighbor puts into his holiday gift loaves.  They look like doorstops, but the truth is that they are delicious.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup  butter
  • 2 eggs + 2 yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas about 3 bananas
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup candied fruit
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp rum


  • Cream together the sugar and butter. Add in the eggs and egg yolks. Mix well. Stir in the mashed bananas.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Do not overmix.
  • Fold in the remaining ingredients and divide batter into loaf pans.
  • Bake fruitcakes in a 375 oven for about an hour (until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.) Place a pan of water on the bottom of the oven to provide even moist heat.
  • Pour the rum onto the fruitcake hot out of the oven. Allow the cakes to cool before removing from pan and wrapping in rum-soaked cheesecloth to age.
  • For best flavor, allow the fruitcake to ripen a month before cutting.


This fruitcake seems to please even people who hate the idea of eating Christmas doorstops.