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Banana Fruit Cake


1 cup butter
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans or black walnuts
1 1/2 cup raisins
6 ripe bananas, mashed
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 (8 ounce) package chopped dates
1/4 pound red and green candied cherries, cut
3 pieces candied pineapple, finely cut
1 (16 ounce) container fruit cake mix


  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix, add nuts, raisins and dates; mix.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Add part of flour mixture to creamed mixture. Add bananas; mix. Add remaining flour. Add fruits and mix well.
  3. Pour into greased and paper-lined tube pan and loaf pan.
  4. Bake at 250 degrees F for about 4 hours. Place pan of water on rack under cakes for first 3 hours to keep moist.