Have fruits and nuts prepared beforehand. Line pans with three thicknesses of paper, butter the top layer.
Cream the butter, add the sugar, then the eggs, slightly beaten, and stir well. Add molasses and spices. Mix nuts and fruits thoroughly, and sprinkle half of the flour over them. Add to cake mixture, and lastly, add the soda sifted with the remaining flour.
Bake in a slow oven four hours, in deep, large pans, two-thirds full.
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