Fruitcake is all about tradition; it's the enduring stale joke of the Christmas season (both figuratively and literally).
We love to express overt contempt for these dense, iridescent, candied-fruit-laden, booze-spiked monstrosities. But eat them? Do people actually do that?Fruitcake was once considered a “grand indulgence” in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, reserved only for special occasions, like weddings and Christmas, due to the high cost of the ingredients (candied fruit, for instance, was often imported from Italy). Yet somehow, over time, fruitcake as we know and hate it fell from grace. As Johnny Carson once said, "The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other."
Yet, every once in a while, we come across a recipe for a fruitcake we actually enjoy eating (gasp!).
In this recipe roundup, we share some of the best fruitcake recipes we’ve ever seen (note that we also take some liberties with the definition of “fruitcake”). So even though Huffington Post characterized the fruitcake as “the most hated cake in the existence of baking,” we hope the recipes here might change your mind.
Scroll through this list of fruitcake recipes we swear you will actually want to eat this year.