No, it is supposed to be stored in the fridge! The cake is very, very moist, but should not be extremely crumbly. If you use a serrated knife (and it is cold), it should always hold its shape once sliced. Thank you so much for such a wonderful looking recipe. Eek! I hope it wasn’t too detrimental that I added towards the end, before the fruit, because I realized I hadn’t added them yet and couldn’t find mention of them in the steps! I used mini loaves, otherwise the same. Some people recommend aging fruit cake for at least a month prior to serving or gifting, but this is not required for this fruit cake. This fruit cake recipe, which yields two standard loaf cakes, is all about the dried fruit. I’ve also added custom metric measurements to make it accessible to everyone. Hi, made this tonight and it smells delicious. Have just measured out the fruit and added the booze.  I’ve got to try it! (Btw, I’m American, but moved to the UK earlier this year–still getting used to everything British!) Enjoy the rest of the fruit cake! Add the lemon zest, orange zest, fresh orange juice, grated apple, slivered almonds, diced candied ginger, soaked dried fruit mixture (with any liquid if it hasn’t already been absorbed), and chocoate (if using). I would still use cheesecloth, but a thin kitchen linen would be next best option. But maybe the rum isn’t really supposed to soak all the fruit? Regardless, I’m very excited to start soaking these and have them ready for Christmas!Â. I also couldnt help myself and added more candied ginger and even though I added more, I still couldnt taste it much, so I guess I will add a tad more next time. Appreciate it!! Your recipe looks delicious. Doug in Rhode Island.Â, Thank you for bringing that to my attention – that was an omission error when I inserted the original recipe into my site! One question though, is it always necessary to refrigerate this recipe, as I have made fruit cake in the past and always sealed and covered in a rum soaked cheesecloth in a cool place. I cover that in the instructions, it would probably be fine in a cold cellar (who has those these days? OMG! Sorry Thea. Oh my gosh sorry. I made this last year and am soaking my fruit again at this moment. Hmmm…honestly, I’m not sure if would suggest cutting the alcohol in half from the cake itself. Here’s my way of doing it https://wordanova.com/recipe/fruitcake/ It does have the crystalized She said we’d have a “happy year” for every piece we ate 🙂 I guess after a while, I actually started liking it. What substitute do you suggest for soaking the cheesecloth in if you don’t want to use alcoholÂ. So sorry for only just getting back to you. But your Australian, so it’s not weird at all 😉. But give me a ton of dried fruit in a dessert and I’m happy! You and me both. I have a few questions about this recipe.  got a question for you, the soaked fruits, am i adding the rum to the batter? Do you think they would work ok?  Also with that much fruit, would the toothpick coming out clean be a good test of doneness??? graye, Don’t worry about the cinnamon and nutmeg addition! Every year when I make it though – I forget to add the nuts and ginger as they are listed in the ingredients, but not added in in the instructions. Thanks for your comment! 1 teaspoon mixed spices traditional British Christmas cake that is full of fruits and nuts and laced with alcohol !  Unfortunately, I haven’t tried to make this recipe in 3×6 loaf pans, so I really don’t have any explicit baking instructions that I can offer. It will definitely be a touch sweeter, but I still think the cake will come out nicely either way. This is heaven.Â, Threw not through. Hope this helps! Keep it in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks before use.Click for Conversion Tool. My adult children did too. Does it need to be refrigerated or will it hold up for a few weeks just wrapped in the cheesecloth, wax paper, and foil? I recommend re-soaking the cheesecloth every week or so, or whenever it is dry. Filed Under: Baking Recipes, Recipes Tagged With: Brandy, Butter, Cakes, Fruits. Did I make that up or did it change?Â. Unfortunately I don’t think that’s a good substitute in this case – the texture and moisture level is just very different, and it wouldn’t serve the same purpose. The mixture will look slightly broken, that’s ok. Over low speed, slowly add the flour mixture until just absorbed. And I think from your other posts you find brandy to be an acceptable substitute? I’ve included instructions in the recipe below, so the fruit mixture should soak for about 24 hours. Rub the butter into the flour until it looks like fine breadcrumbs, add sugar and dried fruit and mixed spice, if using. They are slightly golden – they shouldn’t be pale and they definitely shouldn’t be mushy, and it will start to pull slightly from the sides. Note: I recommend soaking the fruit for a minimum of 12 hours or as long as 24 hours. You could add the orange juice if you want, but I would personally not. thank you.Â. Beat cake mix, applesauce and eggs in … 🤪 Yes! Ivo Stern. A traditional moist fruit cake made with rum soaked dried fruit, citrus zest, and candied ginger. Yes, its definitely the best fruit cake. In terms of the crystallized ginger, you can definitely omit it – you might want to add a teaspoon of ground ginger (if you have it) to add a little bit of that flavor, because it is one of my favorite additions. Thank you soooooooooooo much for this awesone recipe. To store, wrap the cake in brandy soaked towels, and then wrap in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. This one has none of the weird stuff, promise. My cake is in the oven as I type this …. I’ve seen other fruitcake recipes that have marzipan added into the batter. I also through in a little nip sized Southern Comfort 80 to boost the cherry note. For added flavor, we’ll also be adding orange and lemon zest, orange juice, fresh grated Granny Smith apple, slivered almonds, and diced crystallized ginger (one of my favorite additions!). A Beautiful Plate provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. So thrilled to hear this Kim!  Try this cake everyone! The citrus and fruit are the main stars of this fruitcake! Bless your heart for replying so quickly. =). This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.   I am VERY pleased with this risky little adventure. That will definitely work. I called mom, and said, “I’m in heaven.” And i just kept tasting it and moaning “oh my god”. This means if you purchase an item after using these links, I might earn a small commission! Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and leave a review. This year I remembered and thought I might tell you so that you can change it for others. Fruitcake totally gets a bad rap — though yes, those neon-colored fruits and other weird bits do scare me. I added drained pineapple and it added moisture to the cake.Thank you for taking the time to share this wonderful Christmas cake.Sandra. This is definitely American large eggs, not European large. Hi — looking for a fruitcake to make as part of this year’s holiday gift baskets. Or it’s the scene from Harry met Sally. Toss the fruits and nuts with flour: Combine the dates, raisins, cherries, and nuts with 1/4 cup of the … If you love sherry than you might prefer that option. Stir consistently. and she would have to charge a fortune to break even. Thank you All-Clad for sponsoring this post! Pls advise. No part of the content (digital photographs, recipes, articles, etc.) Can you substitute apple sauce for the fresh apple, and if so, how much? We boil the dry fruits in liquid and the raisins and dry fruits become soft and plump without any prior soaking of fruits.  I’l be sharing it with friends tomorrow, but will make some more and see what it’s like when it ages. You can eat part of it too, haha. I recommend wrapping it with cheesecloth (soaked in alcohol) for one week, at minimum, for best flavor. Yes!! I had soaked all my four loaves with it. I came down with the flu over the holidays. Since this fruit cake only improves in flavor as it sits, the sooner the better. Thanks. I just fixed both. Thanks Carol ps I make a slightly similar recipe for christmas pudding and the O. Sift the flour, milk powder and spices together. Remove the cake and brush the top with brandy. She doesn’t do a marzipan layer, because she likes to soak/continually brush the fruitcake with booze as it sits and we choose not to do a royal icing on ours (which is *usually* why you would add a marzipan layer) -BUT basically, you want to brush the top and sides of the fruitcake with a glaze – apricot jam thinned on stove and cooled down will work well for this – and then get about 2 tubes of marzipan from store. I am so excited to make this recipe! Lovely!! Material may not be duplicated or republished without permission. As a small boy I thought they were dreadful, poisonous undigestable bricks. This will not disappoint as it is unbelievably delicious. I don’t think it has to be refrigerated because of the alcohol, but I just like to say that to be safe. It means a lot!! Love the photos and am thinking it is finally time to actually try some fruitcake this year. This fruit cake batter is sticky and packed with dried fruit pieces, which means that it can be prone to sticking, and thanks to the ceramic, easy release coating, I didn’t have to grease or line the loaf pan with parchment paper. I have not tested this variation though! Hope this helps! Dear Laura,Thanks for sharing the recipe of the Fruit Cake.I prepared your recipe. This fruitcake tastes almost the same as the fruitcake we used to purchase and my family LOVED it! I guess you didn’t want to tell them about the marzipan and royal icing bit!!!! Don’t be alarmed! It has been a holiday staple in our household for as long as I can remember. I really appreciate you letting me know! THANK you.Â, Yay! Thanx for this recipe. Here you'll find a mixture of elegant, yet approachable recipes and cooking tips to help you become a more confident cook! Your recipe made my day. However, even just a few days make a huge impact! Thank you for sharing. I have never tried doing that and most of the alcohol will cook out during the baking. But you can absolutely substitute the golden raisins with currants if you prefer. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.  Want some right now! I am assuming you use a sweet sherry for this recipe? Thanks for the lovely write-up and beautiful photos of our fruitcake! This recipe uses a wide variety of tart and sweeter dried fruit: golden raisins, dark raisins, figs, prunes, cherries, apricots, and peaches. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes, rotating the pans halfway, or until the cakes have set. Would you suggest two 6″ round pans for this recipe? Thanks so much! My mom is ridiculous. Hope you like it :’). The fruit should be mixed but it won’t be sitting in huge quantities of alcohol. Couldn’t find the usual currants and really wanted black currants. Pls advise. This year I died the raisins, all the other fruits, and then I had a random bag of chopped dates so I threw them in as well! If so HOW do you put it in the pan? Looks Delicious! The cake seems very sturdy, not likely to break at all. I do not recommend making equipment substitutions, as I cannot personally say whether they will work! Yours looks sooo good. I didn’t use round pans. These photos are amazing, Laura (although, they’re always pretty darn great!)!!!! Do you recommend aging the cake in the fridge or does it need to age outside of the fridge?  For me, recipe makes 2 loaves….. just took one out of refrig made Nov 2016 & so delicious! All-Clad also came out with a wonderful collection of silicone tools that pair with the bakeware set. The words ‘world’s best’ and fruit cake are generally not seen as compatible with one another. 54 minutes baking time for the mini-loaves! Thanks. may i know if u were using the oven with fan force or not? Thanks so much Lauren 🙂. Check out my Recipe Index, follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and sign up for FREE email newsletter. Bake one of our moist and fruity apple cakes for afternoon tea. But he likes it with marzipan and icing (traditional British–I live in the UK). Mine didn’t turn brown though; they stayed a medium pail brown. I used 7 small loaf tins and the bake was awesome! It is a very thick, fruit heavy mixture. Brandy. So, that altitude will absolutely affect your baking and recipes (usually sugar and leavening) need to almost always be adjusted, particularly if you live about 5,000 feet (which you are well above). I’ll let you know the results after the holidays. Hello Laura  As you know, I’m a huge advocate for baking scales, particularly for baking. Yes! Step 2 Line 2 (8x4-inch) loaf pans with parchment, with ends of parchment extending over sides; spray with cooking spray. Just one question… Hope this helps! We soak it and keep And We love it! Did want to point out though that I don’t believe baking powder and nutmeg are mentioned in the recipe itself, but are listed in the ingredients? This looks really delicious and cute, i cant wait to make one on my own. shrug! I will be trying this recipe for the first time. Because it is. Can you please let me know how many grams are your Large eggs? Am just about to soak the dried fruit in a glass jar and i realise that the rum barely soakes till the top. Thank you so much!!! Avoid fan forced when cooking fruit cakes, as the longer cooking time tends to dry out a fruit cake. I applied it on all four loaves. I always love hearing from people that try my recipes, particularly this one as it is a family staple and something we also look forward to enjoying each holiday season. Stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Hi Dee! Thanks for your question! Heat oven to 275ºF. 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