Ramble About: The Fruitcake

If you are like me you have heard about fruitcake but have never dared to try it. I don't know what holds me back from trying it... Perhaps it's the common talk about it. Every year I hear about how Disgusting fruitcake is. But I don't think that I known anyone who knows what it tastes like. Let alone anyone who knows where it comes from or the history of it. So I figured my big task for this article is to find out what fruitcake is. Where it comes from and maybe how you can make it if you are interested! Perhaps I should also make a commitment this year to finally trying the fruitcake...

Fruitcake What Is It?

Basically it is a cake that contains dried fruit or nuts. It usually also contains different spices like Cinnamon or Nutmeg. Originally it was known as something that was soaked in spirits. It is also known for having quite a long shelf life. Due to most of the preservatives in there it can last many many years and still taste the same! However fruitcake is also notoriously hard and difficult to bite into. Not too mention it looks like a long process to make. 

History Of Fruitcake

It goes really far back to the romans who enjoyed it for its long life span and also the ease of carrying it. Here's a great little snippet that talks about the history of the fruitcake! "The oldest reference that can be found regarding a fruitcake dates back to Roman times.  The recipe included pomegranate seeds.  Pine nuts, and raisins that were mixed into barley mash.  Honey, spices, and preserved fruits were added during the Middle Ages.  Crusaders and hunters were reported to have carried this type of cake to sustain themselves over long periods of time away from home." (Source) The recipe that we see today has not changes to drastically then from what we see in the past. 

Want a Recipe?

I am definitely no great chef. While I can cook Making recipes are not my area of greatness. So check Below for a shortish video on how to make fruitcake. Its about eight minutes but it does provide great step by step directions on how to make it!

Learn More!

Great little Article from the Smithsonian!

Provides some historical information on fruitcake.

Talks about why we eat fruitcake on Christmas. Really great information for those who are more curious!


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