Fruitcake has a bad reputation. A very, very bad rep. But it doesn’t have to be the humbug of your festive menu. Whether you’re baking your own (you’ll love one of our four delish recipes!) or using a cake gifted to you, there are an array of ways to bump up the flavour and ensure that you enjoy every last crumb. No need for re-gifting, binning or participation in Fruitcake Toss Day this year. Thank us later.
How to make fruitcake that your friends won’t throw in the garbage
Caribbean Black CakeThis fruitcake screams Christmas cheer, thanks to the happy medley of rum and cherry brandy-soaked dried fruit. Add to that rich molasses, cinnamon and a dash of Angostura bitters for a cake that you’ll enjoy savouring on its own. But it'll taste even better with a shot of rum on the side. Cheers!
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Moist White FruitcakeNot a fan of spice? This recipe from blogger Zrina at Kitchen Nostalgia eliminates the mixed spice and cinnamon from her original Jamaican Christmas cake recipe. The final product is redolent with vanilla and rum, and she promises you won’t be disappointed.
GET THE RECIPE HERE Kitchen Nostalgia
Healthy Chestnut FruitcakeBlogger Sonia’s daughter declared this “the best cake that has ever been made.” Dense and moist, it skips any added sugar and uses apple sauce for sweetness, keeping up to its “healthy” moniker. We’re loving the touch of coconut frosting that crowns it!
GET THE RECIPE HEREThe Healthy Foodie
Southern FruitcakeIf you’ve never been a fan of fruitcake, this recipe is a game-changer. With no molasses or spices in the mix, the cake has a simple butter and vanilla base. Its delicately flavoured canvas allows the candied fruits to shine…quite literally.
GET THE RECIPE HEREPattie Tierney
Fruitcake StuffingYou read that right. Stuffing!! No one will be wise to why your turkey tastes so amazingly decadent this year. Since fruitcake is already chock full of nuts and dried fruit, all you need to do is balance the sweetness with some Creole seasoning, bread and sage.
GET THE RECIPE HEREZestuous
Fruitcake TriflePicture this: layers of rum-soaked fruitcake drizzled with strawberry jam or orange marmalade and topped with indulgent, homemade vanilla custard. Drooling yet? We certainly are. Not going to lie, we’re probably going to go heavy with the custard for this one.
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Fruitcake TrufflesJust four ingredients are needed to whip up a batch of these truffles: fruitcake, spiced rum, dark chocolate and cocoa powder. You probably already have them all on hand, so get cracking and transform that fruitcake from “yuck” to “yum.”
GET THE RECIPE HEREKitchen Heals Soul
Upside-Down FruitcakeThis cake has dual purpose: as a gorgeous centerpiece for the dessert table and a rendition of fruitcake that will make you the star of any potluck. How can anyone resist a slice of warm, nut-flecked cake topped with orange and caramel-infused dried fruit? Add some whipped cream or crème anglaise on the side and you’ll have everyone coming back for seconds.
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Christmas Pudding SundaeBritish food writer Nigel Slater’s approach definitely caught our attention. Here’s why: he fries up fruitcake in butter (!), douses it in brandy (!!) and then serves it warm alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream(!!!). So simple, but boozy and buttery! We want seconds, please.
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Fruitcake Ice CreamAs if a festive sundae wasn’t enough, this recipe turns the hard-to-swallow fruitcake into everyone’s favourite frosty treat. With just two ingredients (vanilla ice cream and fruitcake) and some elbow grease, you have a whole new dessert to show off. A little booze or a shot of expresso wouldn’t be out of place here either.
GET THE RECIPE HERE Kitchen.net
Christmas Pudding Cake PopsCoat anything in chocolate and you’re guaranteed that it will vanish quickly. That’s why we love blogger Sarah’s cake pops, which cloak the butter cream-enriched fruitcake in a coat of silky Mayan chocolate. Talk about a good disguise!
GET THE RECIPE HERE Maison Cupcake