When my granddaughter made plans to visit friends in Norway at Christmastime, they asked her for an "American Christmas cake." We realized they meant fruitcake and chose this yummy version. They loved it!
This dessert's particularly good for a backyard barbecue. My husband enjoys it, and our 2-year-old son thinks we're having a picnic, whenever I serve it—even if we're not! In fact, it's the only way I can get him to eat grapefruit.
Meet the Cook: Because I didn't care for fruitcake, I had to have the recipe for this after I found out what it was I'd been enjoying at the office over the holidays! My husband and I are the parents of two grown sons and grandparents of five.
-Alma Stearns, Lansing, Michigan
Here's a hint: Don't call it fruitcake when you serve it. People who don't think they like fruitcake will be delighted with these dipped cake squares. The cake is moisted and packed with apricots, dates, raisins and fruit.—
Here's a new variety of fruitcake folks will surely favor. Mary Kay Calnan of Worthington, Ohio started with a pound cake mix and added traditional spices and raisins to give it a fruitcake flavor. Then she took the recipe a crafty step further by baking it in individual foil-lined flowerpots. "After the cakes are cool, I remove them from the pots and replace the foil with fabric, then fit the cakes back into the pots," describes Mary Kay.
Light as a feather and full of flavor, this fruitcake from Nancy Adams of Las Vegas, Nevada makes a delectable treat to take to a potluck or to give to a friend. "Folks who taste a slice always request the recipe," she smiles.
This recipe has been passed down through the generations. I remember my mother making this every Christmas, and it just wouldn’t be Christmas in our home without it. But it’s in dire need of a makeover. —Judy Grebetz, Racine, Wisconsin