This recipe was given to Mavis Munger, of Shoreham, Vermont, by her mother-in-law
when Mavis came to America in the 1950s. It is her family’s favorite! For a holiday
fruitcake, Mavis soaks chopped dry fruit in ¼ cup brandy and folds into the batter with
the raisins and walnuts; decorates the baked cake with plain white icing or glaze made
with confectioners’ sugar and milk and bit of almond extract; and decorates with red
and green candied cherries.


  • ½ cup butter

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 cups applesauce

  • 2½ cups flour

  • 1½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon cloves

  • ½ teaspoon allspice

  • 1 cup raisins, cut up

  • ½ cup walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. Cream butter and sugar.

  3. Stir in egg and applesauce.

  4. Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice.

  5. Stir in raisins and walnuts.

  6. Bake in greased oblong pan, or 2 loaf pans, for 40-50 minutes.