Here’s a holiday recipe that uses gumdrops. Choose which ones you use to customize the color and taste to your preference!

Holiday Gumdrop Cake

4 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 ½ tsp. cloves
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 ½ c. applesauce
1 c. butter or margarine
1 tsp. baking soda
½ c. hot water
2 lb. sm. gumdrops, or cut up lg. ones (no black ones)
1 lb. raisins
1 lb. nutmeats

Sift first 5 ingredients together. Mix eggs, applesauce and oleo (will be “curdly”). Dissolve soda in hot water; add to egg mixture alternately with dry ingredients. Add gumdrops, raisins and nutmeats.

Bake in a well-greased floured loaf pan in a slow oven (325°) until done in center. Insert toothpick. One recipe makes a large (angel food cake) pan or two 1-pound coffee can size or 2 dozen cupcakes. After it is baked and cooled, drizzle on frosting and decorate with nut halves, gumdrops or red and green cherries (candied).


This recipe is from The Pocahontas Community Hospital 25 Years of Caring 1967 – 1992 cookbook and is used with permission.