It's time to embrace fruitcake once and for all.
If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fruitcake is either a box from the store or a joke about how bad they taste, allow us to challenge your assumptions. When made well, especially with fresh ingredients, fruitcake can be a transcendently delicious holiday treat.
Give any one of these recipes a chance, and you're sure to be wowed. Forget the pre-wrapped boxed cakes that come in tins and sit around on the countertop for ages. Once you bake a homemade version (grandma will be so proud!), smell it coming fresh out of the oven, and then try a slice, preferably with a little coffee, you'll see why so many people love to make, and eat (and share!) fruitcake despite all the teasing. There are dozens of different varieties of fruitcake on this list, too, so you can choose the right one for you whether you want something easy-peasy or a little more challenging, or are looking for a classic treat or a modern twist on the flavors.
The traditionalists out there will enjoy the old English fruitcake, brandied fruitcake, and citrus fruitcake to go with Christmas dinner. If you want try a new, delicious fruitcake recipe, we recommend a batch of the fruitcake holiday cookies, fruitcake homemade cheesecake, and even an eggnog recipe that infuses fruitcake challah with the sweet beverage. And if you thought this dessert was just for the adults, think again. Even the kids will enjoy some of these cakes, especially in the form of some Christmas candy recipes like the fruitcake fudge, alcohol-free fruitcake, and chocolate fruitcake.