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.
Frequently Asked Fruitcake Questions
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: Unfortunately, no. However, we’ve been diligently working to create a gluten-free cake that keeps the same delicious taste and texture as our traditional DeLuxe®.
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.
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.”
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!