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Dec 18, 2007 06:36 AM

Mincemeat Cake- Need help ASAP!

Just got a call from my mother- each years she makes mincemeat cake at Christmas. She uses the small, condensed boxes of mincemeat, and the recipe calls for cooking the mincemeat in water, then adding flour, sugar, etc. The recipe was written on a scrap of paper, and is from my aunts mother, so it is REALLY old. Well- she can't find the recipe. I have searched, but cannot find anything. Does anyone have this recipe? TIA

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  1. Check out the site for Eagle brand nonsuch Mincemeat (condensed)- they have a few cake recipes that use mincemeat, such as one for fruitcake.

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    1. re: fionnk

      Thanks for the link- but that is not the recpe. This is not a fruit cake, there are no fruits or nuts in the cake. and I know the mincement is cooked in water before adding the baking ingredients, And there is no bakiing powder- just baking soda. It sounds odd, but it is really good- really moist and not too sweet.

      1. re: macca

        What about this recipe for mince meat pound cake? It doesn't have additional fruits and nuts, or baking powder. Though it calls for regular mincemeat, I would suggest rehydrating the condensed mincemeat with a 1 cup of tea, or orange juice, and a 1/2 C of sherry, whiskey, or brandy, instead of the 1 1/2 Cups of water from the package directions, and warm it on the stove, and then using it to replace the mincemeat called for in the recipe. Does it seem close to your old recipe?

        Also here is a link to a mincemeat coffee style cake recipe, from Sharon's food blog, which sounds good, but is probably not the recipe you are looking for:

        Sorry I can't be of more help. Good luck finding the recipe.

        1. re: fionnk

          the recipe from Sharons blog looks pretty close. Will have to stop by my moms and see if I can find it. If I do, the recipe is going on the cpm0uter for next year!! Like a lot of people, most of her recipes are inside a cookbook on a scrap of paper!! Thanks for the help.

        2. re: macca

          A lot of date bread recipes call for soaking chopped dates. I can imagine using the cooked mincemeat in the same way. For that matter, it could probably be substituted for pumpkin puree in other quick bread recipes.

          There is probably enough acidity in the mincemeat mix (from the fruit) to work with baking soda, though it wouldn't harm anything to add a teaspoon of baking powder.

          A fruit based quick bread baked in an 8x8 pan instead of a loaf is not that different from a spice or carrot cake - just not quite as sweet.


      2. I'd really appreciate it if someone would explain what this dried mincemeat is. I've never seen it. We can get it in jars here, ready to use. I've made it from scratch myself and, for the life of me, I cannot figure out how it could be dried.


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        1. re: violabratsche

          Wish I could tell you!! It is something we always had at Christmas. It somes in a small box- like a kids juice box size . It is called None Such condensed mincemeat. Will have to take a look at the box next time I am in the grocery store and see what it is!!

          1. re: macca

            I don't have a box on hand, but packaged mincemeat like this is mostly fruit - things like apples and raisins. So they could either make it from dried fruit, or use fresh fruit and dry it after mixing.

            Even if they used suet and meat (the more traditional version), it could still be dried. Think for example of the North American pemmican - dried deer, bear grease, and dried berries.

        2. The recipe you want is Magic Fruitcake. It uses the dry mincemeat. You could use the jarred mix, adjust the recipe to match the liquid in the Magic Fruitcake recipe.

          I used to make this every fall to store in cheesecloth soaked in brandy until Christmas.
          My dad would not believe I made it, until a piece of the paper bag, used to line pan, had Safeway written on it.

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          1. re: sallyheitz

            sally, this is a thread from 2007!! Nevertheless, you may not want to link that particular recipe in allrecipes; the user comments note that the measurement of 1 Tablespoon of bak. soda for 3/4 c. flour- caused them collapsing cake problems.

            So i googled more recipes for Magic Fruit Cake and they show only 1/2 teaspoon bak.soda:

            MAGIC FRUIT CAKE from 1954 Borden's Mincemeat package

            1 (9 oz.) pkg. Borden's None Such mince meat
            1/2 c. water
            1 c. walnut meats, coarsely chopped
            1 c. (8 oz.) maraschino cherries, coarsely chopped (or other candied fruit)
            1 can (1 1/3 c.) Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
            1 egg, beaten
            3/4 c. flour
            1/2 tsp. baking soda

            Break mince meat into small pieces and put in 2-quart saucepan. Add water. Place over heat and stir until lumps are thoroughly broken. Boil briskly 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool. Add nuts, candied fruit, Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk, and egg; blend well. Stir in flour and baking soda, until just blended.
            Pour mixture into 9x4x3 inch loaf pan which has been greased, waxed paper lined and greased again. Bake in a moderate 350 degree oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched with finger and top is golden brown. Makes a 9x5x3 inch loaf cake.

            Sally, the soaking- do you pour brandy into a bowl, push down piece of cheesecloth to saturate, lift out and wrap cooked fruitcake? Then store/age just like that? or put in plastic bag and seal? or refrigerate? reapply brandy or not? Thx much;i want to try this!

          2. I found this. I hope it's the one you're looking for. It's from a 1952 recipe.

            1. Sorry I just noticed you are looking for a vintage mincemeat recipe without nuts. Give this one a look. Just mincemeat.