We love fruitcake at my house. And this is a great example of the goodness that can come from following the instructions on a packet. I bought a 32oz (2 lb) container of Sunripe Fruit Cake Mix and used — more or less — the recipe on the label.
Here’s their recipe:
Festive Holiday Fruit Cake
- 1 1/2 cups (12 oz) Sunripe Fruit Cake Mix
- 1 1/2 cups Candied Pineapple Wedges (assorted colors)
- 8 oz Candied Red Cherries
- 8 oz Candied Green Cherries
- 1 cup dried apples, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup pitted dates, coarsely chopped
- 2 cups currants or dark raisins
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup walnut halves
Okay, so I was like, “You’ve got to be kidding me.” So I used ALL the fruitcake mix and NO pineapple, apple, or cherries. I had no currants, so I used some raisins and some dried cranberries.
They said “Pour 1/2 cup bourbon or rum over combined fruits and nuts in large bowl; let stand 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.” I used more like 2/3 cup of bourbon and left it overnight. It looked like this:
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 5 eggs
- 2 tablespoons dark molasses
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Measure remaining ingredients into large mixing bowl. Beat at low speed until blended; beat at high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in fruit mixture. Spread mixture evenly in greased 12-cup fluted or angel cake pan, or 2 greased 6-cup fluted cake pans. Press mixture firmly into pan. Bake in pre-heated 250-degree (F) oven until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 3 to 3/12 hours. Cool in pan on wire rack 20 minutes; invert onto wire rack and cool completely. Garnish with whole cherries, pineapple and nuts.
I followed this part exactly, except I didn’t garnish it with fruit, I garnished it with bourbon. I used an angel cake pan to cook it. When I took it out, I sprinkled it with a couple or three tablespoons of bourbon. After it cooled, I had to run a knife around the edges to loosen it, but it came right out. Then I sprinkled some more bourbon on it.
And now, for your seasonal enjoyment, this, because it doth have fruitcake in it.