Texas Cowboy Cake

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My family’s history in Texas goes back to the 1850’s, and this recipe has been a family holiday favorite for generations. It primarily contains only ingredients a ranch would have readily available. It’s the perfect “non-fruitcake lovers” fruitcake!
*Current update: I asked my Aunt Mary (my dad’s cousin) where my Grandmother had received this recipe from. It came to her from her cousin, Jennie Morrow Decker. Jennie was the oldest surviving employee of Exxon Corporation, and the youngest grandchild of General Sam Houston!

Ingredients :

  • 3 csugar
  • 1 1/2 tspcinnamon
  • 3/4 tspcloves, ground
  • 2 cwater
  • 1 cstrong brewed coffee
  • 1 boxraisins (15 oz.)
  • 1 boxdates, chopped (8 oz.)
  • 3/4 cbutter
  • 4 1/2 call purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tspbaking soda
  • 1 1/2 Tbspbaking powder
  • 3/4 tspsalt
  • 3/4 cchopped pecans
  • 1/2 clight corn syrup
  • 1 cpecans, halved
  • 2 Tbspbourbon or rum (optional)

How to Make Texas Cowboy Cake :

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