Good morning! I’m here to talk to you about the much-maligned fruitcake. I know, I know, many of you dislike it intensely. (I think there is even a fruitcake launching event.) But I love it. Actually, I love all cake.
Most of us think of fruitcake as the kind with the citron, candied cherries, nuts, and other goodies in a doughy goo. I have a different one to share--Grandmother’s Cake.
Grandmother picked up this recipe during the war (that’s the family story, and hey, I’m not messing with it). Ever since I can remember, my grandmother would bake her cake for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Her version is like a spice cake with nuts. Because of a special ingredient (listed in the recipe), the cake has a reddish-brown hue.
Now, I am about to share the alarming part: this cake is really known as Tomato Cake. What??!! Why??!! It’s all because of the secret ingredient, tomato soup.
Still freaked out? Please don’t dismiss this goodie. It DOES NOT taste like soup. Haven’t you had cakes with soda or mayonnaise in it? Do these sound weird?
Here’s the recipe from my mom’s recipe file:
My sister puts a lovely cream cheese frosting on hers and adds pineapple. Last time, she made mini-muffins.
Honestly? Delicious. I challenge you to give it a try and see what everyone thinks (email me: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Okay, I freaked you out about Tomato Cake/Grandmother’s Cake. If you still doubt me, here’s the link to check:
I have another fruitcake treat to share. I call these:
Cut your fruitcake (the kind from the store is perfectly fine) into cubes.
Using melting chocolate (like Wilton’s candy melts), follow the directions on the package and melt. Set the cake on cooling racks and drizzle or drip or dunk in the chocolate. Voila! Fruitcake Bites. Store in an airtight container.
People think they are eating candy. LOLOL.
Do I make these treats every year? No. Not really. Some years, Handsome and I have a quiet Thanksgiving. What I do like to make is Cranberry Crunch. It’s easy and even good for breakfast:
Didn’t I say easy peasy? I tend to substitute butter for margarine and whipped cream for the ice cream, especially when serving for breakfast or during the holidays.
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Vicki Batman has sold many romantic comedy works to magazines, several publishers, and, most recently, three romantic comedy mysteries. Along the way, she has picked up some awards and bestsellers. Avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking, "What if??"
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