Monday 30 April 2012

Gumdrop Cake

Whenever I see an elderly caker, I think of all the old-fashioned words that person probably uses; words like “girdle” and “horse feathers” and “chequebook” and “gol-dern.”

Another word I associate with seniors is “gumdrop.” So when my mom asked me to make something for a senior’s bake sale, this was the first thing that came to mind. I imagined an old person buying it and saying, “Gumdrop Cake! Why, I haven’t had this in a fortnight!”

I’m not sure why you can’t use black gumdrops. I’m guessing the colour bleeds into the batter. Which would make this a grey gumdrop cake. And that would only go over well with seniors who have bad vision.

Grey or not, this cake is gol-dern tasty. It’s dense, citrusy and the gumdrops cling to your teeth for hours afterwards.

1 cup butter or margarine
2 cups white sugar
3 eggs
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
3 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon flavouring
1 pound cut up gumdrops (no black ones) (about 2 cups)
½ pound raisins (about 1 ½ cups)
½ cup milk (added last)

Combine and mix all ingredients with milk added last. Bake in a greased tube pan at 325º for 1½ hours.

Source: Celebration Cookbook, Canadian Bible Society (I know I used this book last week, but it's my latest obsession. Over 612 pages of coast-to-coast caker recipes!)


  1. "Why, I haven't had this...

    since Adam was a lad."

    in a coon's age."

    since the pigs ate grandmaw."

    Wow. How much did that cake weigh when it was done? And how many sets of dentures were pulled out by those gumdrops?

    1. Veg-o-matic, that cake weighed more than a _____ at a ______. [insert elderly person saying here]

  2. It's kinda like the poor man's pannatone. Is that how you spell that?
    This recipe intrigues me. I want one.

  3. You know what, Yinzerella? That's a good way of describing it. Best of all, there's no citrus peel. Plus, you don't have to listen to an Italian complain about cakers while eating the panetone.

    1. ha ha ha ha ha.
      That's why I only do store-bought for new year's eve.