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Fruitcake by the tree and fireplace



Let’s face it. Fruitcake gets a bad rap. It’s the age-old holiday dessert that seems to never go bad (hello, extreme shelf life!), and is quite the dense, heavy dessert. But not all fruitcake is created equal. We’re here to show you four fruitcake recipes that are actually worth checking out. Grab your dried fruits and nuts, and get ready to fruitcake your way through the holidays.

Classic Fruitcake

This recipe, also known as the World’s Best Fruit Cake, will officially make you a fruitcake convert. It’s festive, flavorful, and full of unsweetened dried fruit – golden raisins, dark raisins, figs, prunes, cherries, apricots, and peaches. To cut the sweetness, soak the dried fruit mixture in dark rum the day before baking. This hydrates and plumps up the fruit, delivering a moist and delicious end product.

Dark Chocolate-Cherry Fruitcake

This isn’t your typical fruitcake. This Dark Chocolate-Cherry Fruitcake is dressed up with plumped-up sour cherries, chocolate chips, and a dark chocolate batter, all topped with a boozy bath at the end. It’s delicious. It’s divine. And it’s anything but your grandma’s fruitcake.

Fruitcake Cookies

Don’t box the fruitcake into a loaf. Make holiday cookies out of fruitcake batter using this top-rated recipe. These rich fruit- and nut-filled cookies are not only pretty to look at, but they are also great make-ahead holiday cookies. And if there was ever a cookie that tasted better over time, it’s this one.

Modern Fruitcake

Make a statement at your holiday party with this bright and flavorful modern fruitcake recipe. Think of it as your table’s centerpiece, where every slice is a work of art. It calls for a combination of dried fruit and candied fruit, which is reminiscent of the classic fruitcake. The key to this modern version? Bright candied cherries, which give the cake that awesome, festive appeal.

Reframe your thinking on the classic fruitcake with these four recipes that are really worth checking out. For more fun in the kitchen and other fun reads, visit Union at Carrollton Square’s blog.