The DeLuxe® Guide to Fruitcake

DeLuxe® Guide to Fruitcake
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The DeLuxe® Guide to Fruitcake

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, most every country is known to have their own unique fruitcake recipe, slightly adapted to accommodate for 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

When is this product available for purchase?
Our DeLuxe® Fruitcakes are available for purchase year-round.
What is the shelf life of this product?
Our DeLuxe® Fruitcakes are best enjoyed within a few days of arrival. However, if properly sealed in an airtight container and refrigerated in between servings, it can stay fresh and moist for several months. For longer storage, we recommend placing it in the freezer.
What is the best way to store this product?
We recommend storing our DeLuxe® Fruitcake inside its container with the lid securely attached. For short-term storage, place our DeLuxe® Fruitcake in the refrigerator. For long-term storage, place our DeLuxe® Fruitcake in the freezer.
What fruits and nuts can be found in this product?
Our DeLuxe® Fruitcakes contain: cherries, pineapple, golden raisins, papaya, and orange peel. The number one ingredient, by weight, in our DeLuxe® fruitcake is native pecans.
What are the red and green candies decorating the top of your DeLuxe® Fruitcake?
Actually, those are not candies. They are glaceéd and dyed whole cherries and pineapple chunks! Glaceéd fruit is preserved fruit which has been created by slowly soaking in a sugar syrup. After glaceéing, the red and green coloring is added, giving our cakes the festive Christmas feeling many customers closely associate with our DeLuxe® Fruitcake.
Can this product be shipped internationally?
Yes! Our DeLuxe® Fruitcake can be shipped virtually anywhere in the world. For a complete breakdown of national and international shipping limitations, costs, and expected arrivals, please visit our Shipping Information and Details page.
I’ve heard some people will pour liquor over their fruitcakes to enhance the cake’s flavor. What is the best way to do that?
Infusing our DeLuxe® Fruitcake with your favorite alcohol is simple! Visit this blog page for easy step-by-step directions.
I have allergies to certain ingredients (gluten, peanuts, etc.) that may be found in your products. Where can I obtain information for your items?
Due to the nature of our business, all of our products may come into contact with nuts, eggs, milk, wheat, and/or soy.

 

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: 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®.

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
Comments
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
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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