Fruit Cake also known as Plum Cake or Christmas Cake is the quintessential Christmas delicacy that has a rich tradition and many stories about it.
The modern day Plum Cake is known around the world as a British tradition at this time of the year. However, this is a legacy from Roman times. The Romans often served a cake called Satura that is made using pine nuts, barley mash, pomegranate seeds, raisins and honeyed wine. Thus, the good old globally famous Christmas Cake or Plum Cake could be declared as an invention of the Romans.
There are also several fun facts associated with this legendary cake:
– In the early 18th century, fruit cake, then known as plum cake, was outlawed in Europe for being sinfully rich.
– It was the custom in England for unmarried wedding guests to put a slice of the cake, traditionally a dark fruitcake, under their pillow at night so they will dream of the person they will marry.
– In 2006, Americans mailed 2,952 pounds of fruit cake to soldiers stationed in Iraq
December 27th is National Fruitcake Day.
– A pineapple fruitcake was taken on the Apollo 11 space mission.
– Every year in January, the Colorado town of Manitou Springs hosts the Great Fruitcake Toss. Competitors compete to see how far they can launch a fruit cake, and the event is to raise money for a local charity.
– Fruitcake can age 25 years and still be eaten, as long as it contains the proper preservatives and is stored in an airtight container.
Fruit Cake preparation generally takes a couple of weeks, where first couple of days you need to mix the batter cool it and then you start with your next process spritz your fruit cake in brandy and refrigerate to get the real essence of the Christmas fruit cake.
So, why don’t you whip up your own Plum cake this December and share your experience here in comments section!
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