Now here are some fast facts that you may not know about fruitcake:
- Typically, American fruitcakes are known for being rich in nuts and fruits.
- Mail-order fruitcakes have been around in the U.S. since 1913.
- Commercial fruitcakes are often sold by charities to raise money for many causes.
- The expression “nutty as a fruitcake” was coined in 1935 during the period in which Southern bakeries, Collin Street and Claxton, began to use inexpensive surplus nuts in their cakes.
- Contrary to popular belief, most mass-produced fruitcakes in the U.S. have no alcohol.
- Some traditional recipes do use liqueurs or brandy and then are topped off with powdered sugar.
- Some people use brandy soaked linens to wrap their fruitcakes and then store them to allow time for the cakes to age. They believe that this improves the taste of the cakes.