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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
Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs and mix, add nuts, raisins and dates; mix.
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.
Pour into greased and paper-lined tube pan and loaf pan.
Bake at 250 degrees F for about 4 hours. Place pan of water on rack under cakes for first 3 hours to keep moist.