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Despite much derision, fruitcake has passionate supporters

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Don’t believe the bad press on holiday fruitcakes. Any dessert that’s been around for centuries must have something going for it. In the case of fruitcake — or Christmas cake, as it’s known in England — it’s the ingredients which traditionally include rum. But even without the booze, how bad can a cake be whose basic recipe calls for butter, sugar, rum (and sometimes brandy too), raisins, currants, dried cranberries, blueberries and apricots, lemon zest ...

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November 27, 2012
10:31 p.m.

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Our family has a holiday tradition of re-gifting the same Claxton brand fruitcake every year to an unsuspecting family member. This fruitcake is now over 25 years old and our rules say the re-gifting will only stop should someone eat it (and survive?). The cake has an additional paper wrapper on it where we recorded the years and who received it last. I believe my sister in Vermont has it this year and will inflict it upon someone else this Christmas to carry on the tradition. This cake has been stored in freezers, hot attics, and closets all these years and hardly looks any different than when it was purchased. I don't think even the mice will touch it and it will likely persist long after we pass from this earth and hand it down to our kids to continue the tradition.