I have to confess that is not my recipe. This came from a friend of mine. Her name is Donna Smith. She is one of the sweetest people I know. She has a faith like you wouldn’t believe and she has been so good to me. I have learned so much from her in these years that I have lived in Ephrata. I used to go to he house weekly for a Women’s Bible study and she was a mentor to me. We have stayed friends.
I went to her house years ago during the holidays and she had made some of this cake. I was in love. So she typed out the recipe for me and gave it to me in May 2006. *yes she dated it…I didn’t remember*
Every year since then I have made this for my family……it a MUST have. Clarissa attempted to make this years ago for my birthday. I was gone and she wanted to Surprise me…she knows how much I love this bread. She sent her dad to the store for orange slices…he came back with real oranges. She decided to try it anyway…LOL. That cake has gone down in family history…and it’s brought all of the time with the both of them defending themselves. 🙂
So here we go
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of butter
1 Tbsp. Vanilla
4 cups of flour
1/2 t baking soda
1 t. salt
3/4 cup of buttermilk
1- 8oz package of dates, cut up
1 -1# package of orange slice candies ( you know the gummy ones)
2 cups of pecans
1 -4 oz can of shredded coconut
Cream butter & sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla. Mix in Dates, candy, nuts & coconut with half a cup of the flour. Sift remaining dry ingredients.
Alternately fold them into creamed mixture with the buttermilk. Fold in fruit and nut mixture. Spoon into a greased and floured 10 ” tube or bundt pan.
Bake in slow oven 300 degrees for 2.5 hours.
Remove from pan after about 5 minutes and let cool before slicing ( we don’t do this…we can’t wait!) Wrap in saran wrap then foil to keep fresh. Keeps well in refrigerator.
***Note I use about of cup of flour to cut the orange slices in to keep them from sticking together. It is good with dates but we like it better without them.
So this is a family tradition for us now.
Please let me know if you all try it out!