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Christmas cake.






Over Thanksgiving weekend, my mum and I baked our Christmas fruitcake. The recipe is my grandmother’s and you’re supposed to bake it way ahead of when you want to eat it, and baste it with alcohol every week. Right before Christmas we’ll add a layer of marzipan and a layer of royal icing. It’s such a big cake that it takes 4-6 hours to bake, so we finished late into the evening. I always hear people complaining about fruitcake, but this one is really delicious. It’s always our first Christmas baking of the year and now I can’t wait to decorate for Christmas… only a few more months! (Although I have a lot of knitting to do in that time!). If you’re also impatiently waiting for the holiday season to start, you can see all of last year’s Christmas posts here.

What are your feelings about fruitcake? Love or hate?

Linking up with Heather.


  1. Joy Joy

    Oh wow…I remember my Grandma making one when I was very little but it has been a very long time since I’ve had a homemade one!

  2. Haha! I have complex thoughts about fruitcake! I love it in theory, and I love a good one. I do not like the candied fruit and citron… it has to be just plain dried fruit or boozy dried fruit for me. I have some really old recipes. I have Martha Washington’s recipe for “Black Cake That Will Keep for One Year”.

  3. I personally love fruit cake, but not the candied fruit kind. We had a homemade British Christmas Cake every year with marzipan and icing and the same ornaments on top. My American husband tried it when we were dating and spending Christmas with us and it was way too much for him!

  4. Oh wow… sounds really good! What is it hiding behind the brown paper? Thanks for sharing. I am also getting excited about Christmas. It is my favorite holiday.

  5. I’ve tried fruitcake only a few times, and each time it was a completely different experience! My favorite was really intense and a richness of complexity, but I could only handle a little bit of it at one time. I have aspirations to dive into my Italian roots this Christmas and create some new old traditions in my little family. And yes, SO MUCH KNITTING to do!

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