Everyone loves to bake at Christmas.

How about sharing our goodies with the children?

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to make a pan of cookies, decorate a plate of fancy cupcakes, or lift a Christmas cake out of the oven and send them off to Ronda to distribute to the children? Of course, we can’t do that, but we can bake a virtual Christmas treat!

For any of you who have ever made one, you know that fruitcake is expensive to make. But if we all chip in, we can do it! Here is a recipe that Gloria Grandy often made years ago to divide into smaller cakes and gave as Christmas gifts to friends. Let’s make a huge one for the children and for Ronda and her team in SA!

Simply choose an ingredient – or more than one ingredient if you like – and purchase it for $5 each cup, teaspoon or tablespoon. Send that amount to Ronda to help her meet the mounting cost of distributing our love to the children. Be sure to let us know in the discussion below which ingredient(s) you purchase so we don't end up with too much flour or not enough eggs!

If you would like the instructions to the fruitcake recipe below, please let us know in your reply and we’ll send you a PDF.

When the fruitcake is complete, we'll pick another recipe to make, so feel free to also suggest one that uses a lot of ingredients. Whether it's a cup of flour or an egg, every little bit helps. Let's get baking!

Dark Fruitcake
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups cream
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup strong coffee
4 cups flour
1 cup molasses or strawberry jam
2 cups dates
3 cups currants
9 cups raisins
4 tbsp. shortening
6 eggs
2 cups mixed fruit
1 1/2 cups red cherries
1 can crushed pineapple
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
2 cups mixed nuts

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  • If everyone followed the rules of the game, we will have raised $250 with our fruitcake! Don't worry if you didn't, it was the thought that counts. Well done everyone!

    We have more planned so visit often.

  • Fruitcake can make dogs very sick (although a friend of mine had a German Shorthair who swiped a whole cake off the counter and devoured the whole thing with no ill effects).

    Just about any other kind of cake will do.  Here are some opinions from the Canine world:



    • Very funny, Anne ... hahaha  Are these fellows related to Meeka, perhaps?   xo

    • LOL Anne!!

  • Just finished and cooling off...


    • Thanks, Anne.  Our International Cake looks delicious!  xo

  • YIPPEE!!  Thank you very, very much everyone!

    M-m-m-m-m-m ... it smells soooooo gooooood :))  I'd love to see it when it comes out of the oven ... xo

  • Hurray, our international cake is ready for baking! 

  • Done ✔️

  • I'll cover the last $7.50 to complete the ingredients - yay for us all!!!

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