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Animal Crackers in my Kitchen (Recipe: Animal Cracker Orange Slice Icebox Cake)

December 11, 2013
Animal Cracker Orange Slice Cake ~ Syrup and Biscuits
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There’s an old-fashioned fruit cake, called Orange Slice Cake, that I dearly love.  It’s made with orange slice candy, dates, nuts, raisins, coconut and just enough batter to hold it all together. The cake is dense and rich, exactly the way I like cakes. I haven’t made one in years because no one in my house is as crazy about it as me.

I took some inspiration from my friend Dawn’s   Vanilla Wafer Icebox Fruitcake, and developed  a recipe that would incorporate orange slices and be a cake I could make with my grandchildren.  Animal Cracker Orange Slice Cake was born on that very day.

Animal Cracker Orange Slice Cake ~ Syrup and Biscuits

My helpers got busy crushing the animal crackers with my vintage rolling pins.

You’ve got to hold your tongue just right.

After the crackers were sufficiently smashed, I emptied them into two bowls and divided the remaining ingredients in half, giving Jackson and Ella their own bowls of batter to work with their hands. As you might have guessed, working the batter with their hands was their favorite part. An untold amount of the batter didn’t last very long and never made past the “mixing with your hands” part . To say the dough was adequately tasted before we packed it in the storage containers, is an understatement.

Following Dawn’s recipe, we packed the batter  into  empty animal cracker boxes, securely taped them  and stored in the refrigerator.

I got a small-scale version of Orange Slice Cake that I love and the added benefit of a large-scale fun time with Jackson and Ella.

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Animal Cracker Orange Slice Icebox Cake

yield: six boxes (animal cracker size)

A fun treat to make with children. No baking required.  Be sure to wrap securely before storing.  

6 (2.125) ounce boxes animal crackers

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

10 ounces orange slice candy, diced

2 cups pecans, chopped

2 cups raisins

2 cups miniature marshmallows

Crush animal crackers with a rolling-pin and pour into a large bowl.  Add sweetened condensed milk  to cracker crumbs and mix until crumbs are well coated.  Add in remaining ingredients and mix well with your hands.

Prepare boxes by cutting a flap in top.  Don’t remove the inside lining.  Pack fruitcake back into boxes.  Securely tape and store in refrigerator for a least 24 hours before slicing.

You might also enjoy:

Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle

Southern Tea Cakes


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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Jean permalink
    December 11, 2013 11:34 am

    Hi Jackie! I love orange slice cake! This one looks good and would make some cute little gifts.

  2. Sue, a Florida Farm Girl permalink
    December 11, 2013 4:18 pm

    Hmmmm…never thought about the orange slices. That would give it a totally different flavor. Mama made the vanilla wafer one as long as she could and then my brother would help her with it. He still makes them at his house. Frankly, I’ve never been too fond of them.

  3. December 12, 2013 8:09 am

    I’ve never heard of this before but I’m sure I’d love it!

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