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McCall's Cooking School Martha Washington White Fruitcake

Subject: White Fruitcake
From: Judy
Date: 12/7/2018, 4:40 PM

On 12/7/2018 3:10 PM, Judy wrote:

White Fruitcake

Back in the 60s McCalls Magazine published a series of soft-cover books called McCalls Cooking School.   
One of them contained the recipe ”Martha Washington’s White Fruitcake”, that I made for many years.  
I lost it in moving and I can’t find it online. I have found several similar ones, but not the same one.  
Can you help me?

Many thanks,


Hi Judy,

McCall's Cooking School Recipes were published in magazines that could be collected in binders and also on printed recipe cards. We don't have either version, and very few of the recipes from them are to be found anywhere on the Internet.

I could not find any mention at all of a recipe called ”Martha Washington’s White Fruitcake” being printed in either source of McCall's Cooking School recipes, but there is a recipe for "Holiday White Fruitcake" from McCall's here: RecipeLink

There are several recipes on the Internet for "Martha Washington White Fruitcake" that do not mention McCall's. I have previously posted two here: 10-08-2012

You say that you have looked at some of the recipes with that name on the web, but could not find the same one.  If I knew exactly how to identify the "right" recipe, then I could do some searching by ingredients, but I don't have a clue other than the recipe name and that it was published by McCall's Cooking School.

You can buy used copies of McCall's Cooking School issues in binders and also probably sets of the recipe cards at Ebay. See: Ebay

I will post this for reader input. Perhaps one of my readers has these recipe collections and will find that recipe in them and send it.


Thanks for the recipe.  It sounds good, but it isn’t the one I’m looking for.  I just ordered the 
McCalls Cooking School binder, and hope it’s in that one.  It’s been probably 25 years or more 
since I made it, and I remember that it had cinnamon and cloves in it, and, being Southern, I 
soaked it in bourbon.  If it is in the book I get, I’ll pass it on to you. 


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