The DeLuxe® Guide to Fruitcake

DeLuxe® Guide to Fruitcake
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Ask The Fruitcake Experts

Here at Collin Street Bakery, we are what you might call ‘fruitcake experts’. We’ve spent 125 years living, loving, and learning everything there is to know about it. Throughout the years, we’ve compiled a wealth of knowledge on how best to store it, slice it, serve it, and even cook with it!  In other words, we basically have an official Doctorate of Fruitcake-ology.

We’ve decided our knowledge is just too important to keep to ourselves. So we’ve made this handy-dandy guide to fruitcake. Check it out!

A Brief History Of Fruitcake

Fruitcake was first created before the advent of refrigeration. Fruits and nuts painstaking gathered during the harvest needed to be preserved before winter. Luckily though, it was discovered that when baked into a dense cake, these fruits and nuts could be safely stored for long periods of time. Then during the barren days of winter, these cakes were eaten as a celebration of nature's bounty. The celebratory nature of these cakes made them a natural Thanksgiving and Christmas treat. Thus explaining fruitcakes playful alliterative nickname, Christmas Cake

Fruitcake as a global culinary delicacy dates all the way back to the time of the pyramids… well, actually before then! In fact, almost every country is known to have its own unique fruitcake recipe, slightly adapted to accommodate the availability of ingredients. This list of countries includes Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

 

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Frequently Asked Fruitcake Questions

Q: How many servings are in each size of DeLuxe® Fruitcake?

Our Regular DeLuxe® contains approximately 20 servings.

Our Medium DeLuxe® contains approximately 30 servings.

Our Large DeLuxe® contains approximately 50 servings.

 

Q: What are the main ingredients in the DeLuxe® Fruitcake? 

A: Pecans, cherries, pineapple, papaya, golden raisins, and honey.

 

Q: Can the DeLuxe® Fruitcake be shipped internationally? 

A: Yes! All our DeLuxe® Fruitcakes can be shipped internationally.

 

Q: Is the DeLuxe® Fruitcake gluten-free?

A: Well, sorta! Our world-famous fruitcake now has a gluten-free alternative. Made with crunchy pecans, hand-picked pineapples, and all-natural honey, our Gluten-Free Fruitcake has good stuff baked right inside. Presliced for your snacking convenience, now is your chance to savor the flavor of our Bakery's most popular dessert, minus that pesky gluten.

 

How to Properly Slice Fruitcake

When your Collin Street Bakery fruitcake arrives, you may want to impulsively rip open the tin and dig in!  Now we see no problem with acting on that impulse. But if you’ve ordered your cake for a family or holiday gathering, this might not be the best strategy.  Instead, we suggest neatly slicing your cake into even wedges, perfect for serving and sharing.  Any way you slice it, your fruitcake will taste pretty good.  But, if you want your fruitcake to look as good as it tastes, we suggest following the steps found in our fruitcake slicing tutorial.

How to Correctly Infuse Fruitcake

For some, a fruitcake is not a fruitcake without a little hooch. No judgment here - We say ‘Go for it!’ Just to reassure ya’ll, all our cakes are baked and shipped sans any spirits. So, if you are not about that liquor life, not to worry. If you want to try something new though, we’ve created the perfect how-to guide for infusing your fruitcakes. But, beware the heavy-handed pourer. Too much tipple and your fruitcake is a risk for becoming a soggy, alcohol-ridden booze cake.

"Um, question! What’s the best liquor for soaking fruitcake?"

When deciding on how to get your fruitcake into the holiday spirit, there’s no hard and fast rule.  Pick a liquor you like and go for it! If you’re uncertain what you like, we suggest asking your local retailer for their recommendations.

Staff Recommendation: “You can never go wrong with a nice barrel-aged brandy.”

How to Make Fruitcake Stuffing

Looking for a unique, yet simple recipe certain to ‘WOW’ your family and friends? We’ve got just what you’re looking for! Inspired by classic fall flavors, our Fruitcake Stuffing recipe transforms our traditional holiday dessert into a savory side dish. Whether cooking for a small party of friends or your whole extended family, our stuffing recipe can be easily adapted for a gathering of any size.

All This Talk About Fruitcake…

After reading all about our fruitcake, we know you’re probably in the mood to have a slice. Luckily for you, our DeLuxe® Fruitcake is just a few clicks away. Available in a variety of sizes AND in sliced and unsliced versions, you're guaranteed to find something you like. 

Shop all our delicious selection of DeLuxe® Fruitcakes today!

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December 12, 2020
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Melissa Kooyman
December 13, 2020 at 11:52 AM
Wow, I am impressed. Collins street bakery knows it's buisness like nobody else. I have yet to recieve and or taste the fruitcake...on it's way. But i certainly look forward to it. I have never tasted fruitcake,but my bro thinks it should be a family tradition! Thank you for continuing old fashioned traditions...and starting new ones. You certainly are a good idea. Melissa
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Collin Street Bakery
February 24, 2021 at 2:18 PM
Thank you Melissa for allowing us to be apart of your hopefully new traditions!
Steven Purdon
December 16, 2020 at 4:07 PM
I just had your fruitcake delivered. My granddaughter has food allergies. Does your fruitcake have high fructose corn syrup or plain fructose corn syrup?
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Collin Street Bakery
December 17, 2020 at 1:35 PM
Our DeLuxe Fruitcake does contain corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup.
Angelina Hunter
December 18, 2020 at 12:12 PM
My friend Kim Sewald at my request, ordered me one of your fruitcakes and it arrived yesterday. Many years ago I used to order these for my extended family members. But when I read your ingredient list, I was distressed to find a number of ingredients that I always avoid such as high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, soy oil. I wound up giving this cake away and advising my neighbor of the ingredient list. I know many Americans are not concerned about the additives in their foods but I've had a serious joint disease and I do my best to eat as "clean" a diet as possible and unfortunately, this cake does not qualify. Would you ever consider producing an "organic" variety using Pecans that are certified organic (not spray with pesticides) and minus all these nasty ingredients that a home baker would never use? I paid for that cake and with shipping it was over $35 and I wish I had known ahead of time what was in it as at Christmas which is an expensive time for most folks, I just wasted that money.
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Michiko Wilson
December 20, 2020 at 12:43 PM
I have certain food allergies. In addition to corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup as mentioned above, does your Deluxe Fruitcake contain baking soda or any other rising agents?
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December 20, 2020 at 12:58 PM
I remember my grandmother always had one of your fruitcakes. I have not had one in many years. My wife told me to stop talking about how much I missed having one at Christmas. She said go "Google" it and get yourself one. I did, I found you on line and the fruitcake was a good as I remember. I plan to order one every year.
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R. Sieglitz
December 20, 2020 at 2:26 PM
I received my first Collin Street Bakery fruit cake in 1983 as a gift from a friend who knew I loved fruitcake. It was the best fruitcake I have ever eaten so I have bought myself a large Collin Street Bakery fruitcake every year since as a Christmas gift for my self. I have tried many other brands and home made cakes form around the country, but no one comes even close to your tasty, moist, delicious fruitcake. I’m enjoying a slice right now! Congratulations for the best fruitcake I have ever enjoyed.
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Jane
December 20, 2020 at 3:52 PM
My husband has never liked fruitcake until he tried yours and he liked it so much, I had to order a second one after my first one.
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Joyce Marston
December 20, 2020 at 6:05 PM
The first time I had your fruitcake was last year. It so reminded me of the fruitcake my grandmother made when i was a child, some 80 years ago. My mom mom did infuse hers. Yours is the closest to hers I have ever eaten. Delish.
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Joyce Carter
December 21, 2020 at 12:13 PM
My grandmother made an unbaked fruitcake and I never got the recipe before she died. In the early 1900s, in Oklahoma territory, she earned her keep cooking at a hotel while her father worked and wonder if it is from that era. Would love to make one.
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Pamela
December 21, 2020 at 11:30 PM
I'm 64 years old as long as I can remember we have stopped a got a fruit cake from Collins street bakery on our way home to east texas for Christmas
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I
February 1, 2021 at 8:44 PM
‘ Grandpa ordered each kid and grandkid families one of the our fruitcakes. Unfortunately, mine didn’t come and he passed away Christmas Day at 93. Then I get a call from Grandma saying my cake had arrived at her house, returned to sender! I knew he wouldn’t forget me! I went & picked it up but haven’t opened the box yet because I am wondering if 2 months later, unrefrigerated and traveling around who knows where, it’s still good. Can anyone from the bakery let me know?
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Marsha Foss
February 21, 2021 at 1:14 PM
Is the Deluxe (and delicious!) fruitcake lactose free?
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Elizabeth
November 16, 2021 at 4:23 PM
I loved your fruit cakes as a child. My aunt would send us one for Christmas every year! I have recently developed several food allergies. Is there a way I can get a list of allergens in the fruit cake so I can see if I can still eat your fruit cake.
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Raymond Woo
December 10, 2021 at 12:43 AM
I think Collin Street Bakery will do fine if it cares enough to drop high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from baked items (e.g., fruitcake) it produces. A lot of us are very concerned. I am not aware of the overwhelming advantages of HFCS in bakery items, but some people find it awfully convenient to include the synthetic sweetener in its bakery items in spite of what the medical community says because of perceived advantages and preservative features. Collin Street Bakery has a lot to offer. Its sandwiches are heavenly. Maybe it cares to find a safe and healthy substitute for HFCS, even if it means that we as customers pay a little more. For me, health, safety and nutrition come first. Thus, if you ever you consider dropping HFCS as a food additive, I will be first to buy mail-order bakery items from you, e.g., fruitcakes. All right?
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