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Giggy's German Fruit Cake


This is a family recipe that has been made by looks and guesstimations. That is why some of the measurements are ranges rather than definitive totals.

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  • 1 1/2 to 2 Sticks Butter or Margarine
  • 1/2 cup Oil or Crisco
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 4 Cups Flour
  • 4 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 4-5 Large Apples
  • Lemon Juice


Level of difficulty Average
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Cream butter, oil, and sugar.

Step 2

Add eggs and vanilla.

Step 3

Mix in flour and baking powder.

Step 4

Mix well with hands or mixer. Press dough into 1 small or 1 large cookie tins. DO NOT PUT TOO MUCH INTO TIN, OR ELSE IT WILL BREAK ALL OVER THE OVEN WHEN IT RISES!

Step 5

Peel and slice apples into wedges approximately an eighth of an inch thick. Mix apples with a splash of lemon juice and the cinnamon, coating them.

Step 6

Layer apples in rows across the top of the cake, pushing them slightly into the cake dough.

Step 7

Bake at either 350 or 375 for about 45 minutes to an hour.


Blueberries or peaches can be substituted for the apples.

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  • 1 puff pastry
  • 6 apples, sliced
  • 3 oz.  chilled butter, chopped into chunks
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar



  1. Roll out a puff pastry.
  2. Lay out the apple slices in a pan.
  3. Add chunks of butter on top of the apples.
  4. Sprinkle the brown sugar on top.
  5. Cook for 20 minutes in oven at 350°F, to caramelize the apples.
  6. Place puff pastry on top of the caramelized apples.
  7. Cook for 15 minutes at 350°F.
  8. Enjoy!

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