Fruitcake is mainly eaten during the Christmas season in Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, and the USA. In Bulgaria, India, and Australia, the fruitcake is found throughout the year. In Romania, fruit cake is made for every major holiday. In Ireland, a type of fruitcake is eaten at Halloween and contains small objects such as coins.
Plum cake was an early form of fruitcake in England. Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding cake was a multi-tiered fruitcake.
Traditional fruitcakes doused with brandy and powdered sugar, (no high fructose corn syrup) both of which prevent mold, give rise to the myth that fruit cakes last forever and give comedians such as Carson and Leno food for fodder.
And those comedians aren’t alone in picking on the traditional Christmas cake. Manitou Springs, Colorado, hosts the Great Fruitcake Toss to regift your cake on the first Saturday in January. The all-time Great Fruitcake Toss record is 1,420 feet, set in January 2007 by a group of eight Boeing engineers. For the kids, there’s a mini-catapult fruitcake event in Colorado Springs, Co. Unconventional experiments on donated fruitcakes are conducted annually by the Science Museum of Virginia.
On the flip side, my hubby and I are fruitcake fans, and we are not alone.
The people of Independence California have a fruitcake festival every year in December to honor and relish the wonderful cake. Fruitcake tasting parties are hosted by the California Sierra Madre Playhouse. A fruitcake festival in Monroeville, AL celebrates Truman Capote and his Christmas short story.
Fruitcake memories from Truman Capote’s 1956 short story begins with a woman looking out her kitchen window and exclaiming, "Oh my, it's fruitcake weather."
Capote’s not the only author to write about fruitcakes. These titles were taken randomly from a long list on Amazon. For more titles go to Amazon Books.
The Fruitcake Murders by Ace Collins, The Fruitcake by Caren Rich, Fruitcake and Foul Play by Laura Pauling, The Fruitcake Challenge by by Carrie Fancett Pagels, Fatal Fruitcake by Mary Kay Andrews, Antiques Fruitcake by Barbara Allan, Felony Fruitcake by Linda Kozar, and The