Chocolate Fruit Cake

1 cup butter

2 cups sugar

2 cups mashed potatoes

4 eggs

2 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1+1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup sour milk

1 cup mixed candied fruit

2 cups raisins

1 cup chopped nuts

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the potatoes and eggs; beat until fluffy.

Mix together the flour, cocoa, spices, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Add the mixed dry ingredients alternately with the sour milk to the creamed mixture. Stir in the fruits and nuts.

Pour into two, greased 9-inch by 3-inch loaf pans and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour or until a cake tester inserted in the middle of the cakes comes out clean. Cool and wrap in foil. Let these ripen for several days before serving.

"Desserts Cookbook," Favorite Recipes Press, 1982

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