Candy Orange Slice Fruitcake

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 cups applesauce
4 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 pound candy orange slices
2 cups chopped pecans
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
1-1/2 cups candied cherries
1 package (8 ounces) chopped dates
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt

1 In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the applesauce, eggs, and buttermilk. In a large bowl, combine the orange slices, pecans, coconut, cherries, dates, and 1 cup of flour; toss to coat. Combine the baking soda, salt, and remaining flour; add to the buttermilk mixture. Fold in orange slice mixture.
2 Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 300° for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 900 calories, 37g fat (16g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 383mg sodium, 139g carbohydrate (94g sugars, 5g fiber), 9g protein.