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Make Them Eat: Fruitcake

Years and years ago my brother-in-law brought me a swank little fruitcake, all packaged and primped and wrapped up, all the way from London to my not-so-tony walk-up apartment in Manhattan's Upper West Side. I opened it up, fully expecting my fussy palate to become enthralled at the first bite of fancy cake, but no amount of passport stamps, customs forms, and British spelling ("coloUr"!!!) could make me choke the vile thing down. More

Preserved: Fruitcake Conserve

I love the idea of Christmas fruitcake—a dried fruit and nut-studded, often liqueur-soaked confection, the recipe for which is passed down from generation to generation. But my enthusiasm wanes when it comes to actually eating a hefty slice of it. Too often, fruitcake is leaden and cloyingly sweet. (And who, I ask you, actually likes glace cherries?) This year I got to thinking, what if I made a conserve that incorporated the best flavors of fruitcake, minus the density and excess sugar? More

Fruitcake Conserve

This conserve incorporates the best flavors of fruitcake—dried apricots, figs, and raisins; sweet cherries; and a bit of booze. Walnuts add texture and crunch. Try it slathered over scones or dolloped over pancakes. More

American Classics: Election Cake

No one told me there would be cake when I signed up to vote, but historically Election Cake was an important part of doing your civic duty in Connecticut as early as colonial days. If you're going to rock the vote, I see no reason to do so sans cake. In anticipation of Election Day, this seems like a good time to revive a noble eating tradition. More

Is Panettone the New Fruitcake?

"[A] joyless mass of dry cake polluted with the unpleasant bits of dried fruit that even your Nan wouldn't eat, dusted with a cloying layer of elderly icing sugar and wrapped in a box with a ribbon." That's how Guardian blogger Tim Hayward describes panettone, which he goes on to call "an elaborate Italian joke." The big, red, bell-shaped box is fast becoming the Christmas gift (and re-gift) of choice, and, like its predecessor, the fruitcake, is considered something of a burden to the recipient. Well, fruitcake has always had its defenders (how else has it continued to make the rounds?), so I'll be panettone's. Unlike fruitcake, panettone is a tender brioche that can be baked into bread pudding or... More

Inflatable Fruit Cake

What could pass as a fruitcake but is better because you can't eat it? An inflatable fruitcake! No one wants to eat the real thing anyway; as long as you can blow air, the inflatable fruitcake offers the joy only a fruitcake could bring, year after glorious year. Practically a steal for only $9.50 (shipping included)! "This is the most perfect item ever created," declares the frighteningly enthusiastic dude in the commercial. You should listen to him. The inflatable fruitcake comes from novelty gift shop Archie McPhee, also the creator of the inflatable toast mattress. [via The Presurfer] Related Alright. Do people really hate fruitcake? The last bastion of fruitcake respect Fruitcake Defeated in Rap Battle... More

Fruitcake Defeated in Rap Battle

Saw this on Boing Boing yesterday. A rapper faces off with a fruitcake in a rap battle. Should be of interest to our readers interested in fruitcake. "The only way I'll eat you is from behind the mic/ I think you're the inspiration for a hunger strike." Heh. -->... More

The last bastion of fruitcake respect

Mondo Fruitcake is a blog about fruitcake and the ". . . the Web's last bastion of fruitcake RESPECT." Her pick for the best fruitcake? The Gethsemani Trappist Fruitcake: The cake against which all past and future fruitcakes will be judged. I’ll try to stay objective but I’m disclaiming right now that this is the one I’ve grown up with, the one I look forward to every holiday season, and the one that comes to mind when someone says "fruitcake." It’s also why I don’t have the anti-fruitcake bias—I’ve grown up on good fruitcake. Gethsemani Farms Website... More

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