Christmas Candle Cake

  Christmas Candle Cake

1/2 C. shortening
1 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 2/3 cups sifted cake flour
1/2 t. soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. cloves
1/2 t. allspice
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 C. buttermilk or sour milk
1/2 C. thick strawberry jam
1/2 C. chopped nuts
1/2 C. candied fruit

Cream shortening. Add sugar gradually and cream until fluffy. Add eggs.

Sift dry ingredients together. Add alternately with buttermilk or sour milk to creamed mixture Blend in jam, chopped nuts and fruit.

Pour into well greased and floured cupcake pans. Bake at 350° F. for 20 to 25 minutes.

When cool, frost with powdered sugar frosting. Decorate with spray or wreath of holly (tiny round of cherries for holly berries and pieces of green citron or gum drops for the leaves.) Insert small red candle in center of each before serving.

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