Fruitcake: A Holiday Tradition

Today, I thought it would be fun to talk about fruitcake—one ‘cake’ that people either absolutely love or completely dislike!

Who would have guessed that this concoction could elicit such strong opinions?

But since National Fruitcake Day is coming up on December 27th, I invite you to rethink your preconceived notions about this ancient cake that combines the gifts of nature.

What Exactly Is Fruitcake?dried fruit

Fruitcake is a dense, bread-like cake that is full of various dried fruits, nuts, and spices.

Offering a fruitcake has been a holiday gift tradition for many years, but the fruitcake has actually been on the scene for centuries.

In fact, it was first introduced by the ancient Romans and consisted of barley mash mixed with pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, and raisins.

But the fruitcake has evolved, with each country preferring a slightly different recipe.

In America, many embrace a good slice of fruitcake during the holiday season, although it is enjoyed year-round in other countries around the world.

Did You Know?

pine nutsFruitcake trivia is full of fun facts. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Fruitcake has been available for mail-order since 1913.
  • Fruitcake used to be the wedding cake of choice in England; the single ladies would place pieces of fruitcake under their pillows for good luck in finding a husband.
  • Fruitcake can still be eaten even after it dries out—it just needs to be soaked in liquid, and it instantly becomes as good as a freshly baked one.
  • Fruitcake was buried with the dead in Ancient Egypt, thought to be an essential item for the journey to the afterlife.

How to Celebrate National Fruitcake Day

If you are stumped about how to participate in National Fruitcake Day on December 27th, give one of these ideas a try.

  1. Dr. Rosane Oliveira and Festive Plant-Based FruitcakeGift a Fruitcake: Celebrate by offering a fruitcake to a friend or family member to keep the holiday spirit alive and share a delicious present which fits perfectly in a whole food, plant-based lifestyle.
  1. Use #NationalFruitcakeDay: Spread the word on social media by posting a picture of your favorite fruitcake with the hashtag #NationalFruitcakeDay!
  1. Eat a Piece of Fruitcake: Traditional fruitcake is typically made with refined sugar, eggs, and oil, but you can enjoy a healthier alternative. Here is my favorite, plant-based fruitcake recipe: Festive Plant-Based Fruitcake.

You might very well change your mind after giving this recipe a whirl.

Delicious and full of fruits and nuts, it is perfect to share with friends and family on National Fruitcake Day!