Holiday Baking – Candy Cake Recipes Worth Baking

Now that the holiday countdown has begun, our thoughts have shifted to buying gifts, putting out decorations and lights, making lists for our upcoming holidays, and baking the holiday season.

My mom loved to cook for the holidays; when i was young she started in early fall baking light and dark fruit cakes which she baking, steaming and baking then wrapped in foil before placing them in ceramic jars for six weeks or more, to allow the variety of flavors to blend together.

These days, most of us don’t have time to bake cakes that take hours to prepare and six weeks or more of ripening to taste; I have mom’s small, medium and large fruit cake pans with their removable bottoms but I admit that I have never made a fruit cake. But I made a lot of other recipes to her, like her Gumdrop Cake; this cake is a delicious choice for today’s busy cook who always wants to serve special treats to family and friends during the holiday season. For those who love raisins, I’m also including a Gumdrop Cake recipe that not only uses this fruit for added flavor, but also uses applesauce to replace the milk found in most recipes. cakes.

If you’re just starting your search for recipes to make this holiday season merry, come back often to check out the cakes, cookies, squares, breads, and other treats I’ll be posting in the coming weeks. Who knows, you might find some new “family favorites” that you will one day want to pass on to your loved ones.

Mom’s Candy Cake

1 cup of shortening

2 cups of white sugar

4 eggs (add one at a time and beat well before adding the next)

1 cup of hot milk

3 cups of flour

2 tbsp. baking powder

1 C. vanilla

1 C. lemon

1 ½ lb. gum balls cut into pieces and floured with ½ cup of flour.


Mix the shortening and the creamy sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well each time. Add the liquid and dry ingredients alternately. Add the floured gum balls last. Pour batter into a greased, lined tube pan. Bake 1 ½ – 2 hours in the oven at 350 ° F; cover with foil for the first half hour. When the cake is cooked, remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before unmolding on a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap the cake in plastic wrap or foil to retain moisture.

Flora’s Gum Ball Cake

1 cup of butter

1 cup of white sugar

2 eggs

2 cups of applesauce

2 ½ cups of flour

2 tbsp. baking powder

1 C. salt

1 C. almond flavor

1 C. vanilla

1 lb gum balls

1 lb of raisins


Beat the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each one. Alternately add applesauce and dry ingredients. Cut the gum balls into pieces. Mix with the raisins and ½ cup of flour. Add to dough last. Pour batter into a greased and lined funnel pan (tube pan) and bake at 350 ° F for 2 to 2 ½ hours. Let cool 10 minutes in the pan before unmolding on a wire rack to cool completely.

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