This is a very easy and colorful Christmas cake. It would make a fantastic centerpiece dessert for a Christmas buffet.
1 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup gumdrops, chopped
1 cup raisins
1/4 cup all-purpose flour for coating
1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 10 inch tube pan. Set aside.
2 In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
3 In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together and fold into creamed mixture alternately with water. Coat raisins and gumdrops with flour. Stir flavorings, gumdrops and raisins into creamed mixture.
4 Mix well and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 1 1/2 hours.