Cream butter and sugar. Add molasses, then the eggs. Add the flour. Dissolve the baking powder in the cream and add to the mix. Add spices, wine and brandy.
Chop the fruits and nuts and dredge with extra cup of flour. Fold into the batter. Line cake pans with brown paper, and fill 2/3 full. Put cake pans into shallow pans ¼ filled with water. Bake slowly 4 hours in a preheated 275° oven. Cool thoroughly. Remove brown paper. To store, wrap in wine- or brandy-soaked cloth. Keep the cake moist by adding liquor now and then.