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Make sure to plan ahead: This cake needs to sit for at least one month to allow the flavors to develop. To serve, slice it as thinly as possible.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2000



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  • StephanieSR
    19 AUG, 2015
    Fabulous flavor. But when I slice it, the cake crumbles apart and doesn't make a nice thin slice. Must admit, I added extra candied citrus peel (recipe from your site), and some finely chopped pecans. Any suggestions? Or will time solve this problem?
  • PennyOnline
    13 NOV, 2014
    After this recipe was a huge hit last year, I'm making it again this year, too. Even lifelong members of the Fruitcake Haters Club loved this and it doesn't have a strong alcohol flavor like some rum or brandy doused versions. I did the dousing this way: I wrapped the loaves in cheesecloth, placed them in an old 13x9 pan (to catch the drips), and put them in our extra refrigerator in the basement. Each week I poured a bit more sherry on them. Not everyone has the luxury of an extra old fridge, but I think a cool corner would have been fine. I did NOT wrap them in plastic -- the resulting loaves were dense and firm, not moist like a fresh cake but not dry at all. One loaf ended up in plastic, however: I mailed a small loaf to a friend in Germany after just 2 dousings. He let it sit several weeks, wrapped in plastic but with no more sherry, and reported it was delicious at Christmas.
  • ashmatache
    23 OCT, 2014
    I made this last year and will be making it again this Christmas too. I had no idea that after wrapping the cakes in muslin they also needed to be kept in plastic to keep them moist. Don't forget to wrap them in plastic too! I made these 2 months in advance and even though I messed up they were still really good.
  • GPSJane
    30 NOV, 2012
    I tried to make half this recipe but I made a mistake with the conversion of the butter. Half way through we had to add more eggs, flour and fruit. And since we only had enough candied peel for half I had to store half the batter in the fridge until the next day. Crazy I know but they seem to have come out quite nicely, at least they smell wonderful. I just have a question; how do you douse them once wrapped? Do you unwrap them first or just douse them through the muslin?
  • JoieDee
    18 DEC, 2011
    Too bad I'm seeing this so late in the season! I like the suggestions above with the chocolate and ginger; will hope to try next year. I'm also late responding to the note above: To avoid having your fruit sink in the batter, toss all the chopped fruits and nuts lightly in flour before folding into the batter. I used to help my mom make traditional dark fruitcakes every year -- this works!
  • naughtyjane
    21 OCT, 2011
    I grew up eating homemade dark fruitcake, filled with the technicolor candied fruits and walnuts. It was not quite fruitcake that inspires the tired jokes, but close to it. When I saw this recipe, I got excited -- first, because it is like a poundcake, and second, because it involved such seemingly exotic ingredients. It has become a favorite in my house, even with my 6 year old, and I make it with dried cherries, pecans, bittersweet chocolcate, candied orange peel, and crystallized ginger.
  • FoEnt
    22 JUL, 2008
    How to ensure that all the candied citrus are spreading evenly on the cake after baking? I always experience the citrus fruits sink to the bottom of the cake after baking? Why is that happening? Any suggestion?
  • Lindakristine
    6 JAN, 2008
    I made mini loaves for Christmas gifts and they turned out great. They smelled wonderful, looked really pretty and best of all, I had to make these one month in advance, so I was ahead of schedule that Christmas!

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