In very large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, all the fruit and the nuts. Set
Sift 2 cups flour and baking powder and set aside.
Cream butter and vanilla extract until fluffy. Add sugar in thirds, beating
until fluffy after each addition.
Beating only until smooth after addition, alternately add dry the dry ingredients
in fourths, liquids in thirds to the creamed mixture. Finally beat only until
smooth. Do not over beat. Pour batter over the fruit mixture and mix thoroughly.
Beat the egg whites until rounded peaks are formed and egg whites do not
slide when bowl is partially inverted.
Carefully spread the beaten egg whites over batter and fold together.
a shallow pan containing 2 cups water on the bottom rack of the oven during
Turn batter into a lightly greased 10 tube pan, spreading evenly.
Bake at 275 degrees F for about 4 hours or until the cake tests done with
a wooden pick.
Remove from the pan and store in an airtight container.
If desired, once or twice a week, using a pastry brush, paint the cake with brandy
or rum and store again.