but Terry, you never finish whatever dey inside that cup which you have been drinking since all this years? I haven’t made fruit cake in several years and have a question just to clarify my process. The key step that makes this so much faster to make than other fruit cakes is the fruit soaking step. $49.00 for a 3 lb fruitcake. An easy Christmas cake that turns out perfect every time. Open to any suggestions you may offer and thanks in advance. These various stages of wrapping and sealing are important. The tradition is that is was a smooth base for the now ‘old fashioned’ royal icing and ALSO it was a barrier so the colour of the royal icing or fondant is not marred by any seepage from the cakes. Hard to explained. You recommended aging the fruit cake for at least two months. Then wrap each muslin-covered cake really well in tin foil. The Dollar Store. My work has included developing computational approaches, models, and tools to help health and healthcare decision makers in all continents (except for Antarctica) and has been supported by a wide variety of sponsors such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the NIH, AHRQ, CDC, UNICEF, USAID and the Global Fund. I usually age mine for 3 months. Can you still age a non-alcoholic cake? I would like to reduce the overall quantity of sugar used in your “Traditional Christmas Fruitcake” – dark and light brown sugar respectively. I don’t have such a recipe. I keep mine in my coat closet as this is the coolest place in my house with very little traffic and the door is always closed. Without alcohol, it cannot be aged for long. No it wont get spoiled. Hello Terry…can vegetable fat be used instead?…. • Place fruit, nuts and coconut in bowl with remaining 1 cup of flour and mix together • Divide batter into four lined and buttered bread pans Hi. Perfectly sealed!!! What you do not want to see is alcohol swamping on the top of the cake. This would make the top soggy. Your cake will be sealed with your marzipan and icing, so will sit protected by them both. Where do you purvhase yoyr tins for aging a fruit cake? Thanks for sharing Seth. This is true. My mom and dad make it now, and soon I will (but, as a father I have failed, my kids don’t appreciate good fruit cake). Wrapping it tightly should do. Try icing with almond paste for a more festive touch. But I suggest 3 months for the best results. Now to your question, I do not believe aging fruitcakes for long require continuous feeding with alcohol. Many microorganisms need moisture to reproduce so a wet fruitcake will likely become dangerous to eat a lot sooner. (1) Yes. I learned so much from the questions and your answers that I don’t even have any to ask. Just to be clear, should the cake be sprayed on top only and not on the sides as well? Even Dollar Stores around me either did not have one of sufficient size or did not maintain a seal for very long. Correct. Aging matures the cake. We had mo heat, except when we were there. Its all a matter of preference. I’ve read that this cake does not NEED to be aged, but can be. Any fruitcake can be aged with rum or whiskey. I need more clarity. Possibly a touch of honey or molasses for a deep flavour and additional stickness. The U.S. Department for Agriculture (USDA) suggests up to 1 month in the pantry, up to 6 months refrigerated and up to a year frozen. Just thought I’d add that. (1) Yes (2) Tradition. @ ur dp #okbye. I would usually transfer my fruitcakes to the fridge after about 6 – 8 months of aging and leave them there until needed. Next, I wrapped them in several layers of plastic wrap. As a USDA Guide describes, "The luxurious fruitcake, studded with dried fruits and steeped in rum or brandy, is a present-day descendant. Terry you are simply amazing. For very long storage, bury the liquor-soaked cake in powdered sugar and place in a tightly covered tin in a cool place (fruit cakes can be enjoyed as long as 25 years this way.) This is why the last quarter of the year is the best time to make them. thank for this aging cake tutorial may lord continue to strengthen you terry, Hi terry,you are so blessed. The sweetness of the fruits, sourness from the liquid, the crunchiness of the nuts, and the flavours of the all spice, makes it a well-balanced Christmas cake. Final wrapping is a heavy layer of foil since I don’t happen to have any tins at this moment. We had a fruit cake at our hunting camp in upstate PA. We had it for 5 or 6 years. Maybe just for a week for it to soften a bit and for the flavors to develop. Hi Dennise, yes it would work for a wedding cake. 5. I would recommend storing them in a cupboard, pantry or closet. Just stumbled on your blog now.God bless you really good and enlarge you. I typically age mine for about 2 months max. I remember very well my mother storing her fruit cake in an old butter churn that belonged to my grandmother and great grandmother. Injecting might not achieve the same effect. That is also possible. Keep the cakes in a cool, dry place until they … Feel free to dilute the rum or whiskey with water, since most … Check liquored-soaked cakes periodically and re-wrap in liquor soaked cloth. Thanks for your mail. I make my great great aunny’s fruitcake recipe using the standard 9.5″ diameter bundt pan for that old world feel. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. I have a couple more: 1. 2 cups sugar I am a writer, journalist, professor, systems modeler, computational and digital health expert, avocado-eater, and entrepreneur, not always in that order. Directions. Is it important to soak fruity in brandy for other cakes? Failure to do this might lead to soggy cake tops and dry bottoms. Also, would this type of cake work with other liqueurs like rum or whiskey? Let me clarify, First. Yes, always label your fruit cakes with at least the date of production. • Transfer 2 cups of leavened flour to mixture and blend together Some people use orange juice to age fruitcakes but I have never tried it before. You can always store it longer than a recipe requires, but don't shorten the aging time. • Mix water and reduced sherry into mixture Super moist fruit cake recipe will help you make soft and moist fruit cake in an easy method. Soak the fruit before baking, in the same spirit you plan to use for preserving the cake. Hi Terry. Here's a piece from Time on the fruitcake (not of the fruitcake): How long can you typically keep a fruit cake, assuming that it is not 100 years? In antarctica, the Antarctica Heritage Trust made an interesting discovery... (Photo: Shutterstock). Zest of 1 lemon Whats the reason for aging a fruit cake,i dont understand why? I would then age them in a tin of sufficent size. Do you continue to keep it at room temperature in your tins or do you refrigerate or freeze it? If offered, I am not going to try the 106-year old fruitcake recently found on Cape Adare in Antarctica, even though it supposedly looks edible. In a large bowl, combine the nuts, dates and cherries. I believe they reach a point of saturation at some point. With a style of cooking he refers to as Afro-European Fusion, his meals are influenced greatly by French and Italian Cuisine with a West African twist. It becomes softer, the fruits drink up all the alcohol, the flavors blend together, etc. I’d play safe and use the fridge. The Cointreau adds a delicious kick to this cake. hi Terry I just baked my own Christmas fruit cake yesterday and following your instructions it came out great.Now it’s on to ageing it. Cheese cloths will have bee left undisturbed as in the past, of course. We are going to give aging a try, but are wondering, should Caribbean Black be “fed”, as traditional fruitcakes are? Decorate this delicious fruit cake with one of … The goal is to keep air out. The third and final layer consist of a plastic bag which would wrap the entire cake. You just made my day! Hi. Mix the batter with the fruit mixture with a rubber spatula and mix well till combined. Please kindly help me out. Hey Terry, Yea, I age my fruit cakes too. I would say yes to aging with sherry but only for a short period of time as the alcohol content in Sherry is not as high as in spirits. Sounds perfect! Ideally, take several days to make your fruitcakes. Hi Donna, thanks for sharing your method with us. Smoother finish (3) Yes (4) I dont understand this question (5) I don’t take requests for them. Pls my sponge cakes n marble cakes stale n spoils within 2-3days. Add egg and milk to make a soft dropping consistency. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. • Reduce Sherry in small pan over medium heat to 2 teaspoons – set aside to cool Light Fruit Cake – My Recipe Notes Line your cake tins well. Place the cake in the fridge or freezer in conjunction with the other cooling methods to speed everything along. Please can you give me a recipe for bread cake I.e bread dat taste more like a cake. To answer your question, I have never tried aging a fruitcake without placing it in a sealed container. The key variables are how dry the fruit cake really is and whether you contaminated the food with your dirty, dirty hands or other filthy parts of your body. Then, slice the cake gently and put it back in the freezer. The USDA does not indicate how long you can keep fruitcake in a hut in Antarctica. Fruit cakes should be stored in a cool dry place. The secret to the fruit cake according to Virginia Living Magazine is the Cuban fruitcake uses a light hand on the spices and gives the cake enough time to age in rum. Thank you for the helpful information.I heard that fruits “sink ” and have to be coaed with flour? No creaming, beating or soaking of fruit required! I am a writer, journalist, professor, systems modeler, computational and digital health expert, avocado-eater, and entrepreneur, not always in that order. Making an old-fashioned fruitcake isn't an overnight chore. Please do I still have any hope of baking Christmas fruit cake this weekend. I would suggest that you add another layer of security by tying the cakes in plastic bags after sealing with foil paper to make sure air is completely cutoff. Wrap them tightly. If aging a fruit cake for an extended period of time such as you describe, do you continue to feed it the entire time? It won’t however be as moist and delicious as when you age it for long. Yield: 22 to 24 cakes. This means take the cake out of the hot pan and then place it in the freezer for a few minutes. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. I simply gave them as gifts, bowl, lid and all. I plan to keep one for a couple of years and see how it turns out. (1) Yes (2) Tradition. Marzipan is used for fruitcakes for a smoother finish and due to tradition. But my my brother, please I need help. Rub the butter into the flour until it looks like fine breadcrumbs, add sugar and dried fruit and mixed spice, if using. We learn everyday. Thank u. The fruits in the cake need alcohol to age properly. May God bless u. Fruit cakes made solely from dried fruit will keep for several weeks and up to a month; fruit cakes containing both dried and fresh fruit will go mouldy more quickly. As anyone who has tried it would testify, baking a traditional Christmas fruitcake is a lot of work. I made a pile one year using TVP (texturized veggie ) pulverized in a blender as my flour.. Hi. If you want to bake your cakes in September (like I do), buy the tins now! Thanks for the clarification. hie Terry thank you for the tips a question though the traditional cake would it be ideal for a wedding cake and when do i bake it if i want it to be for a wedding in december and to at least stay a year after i have persented it for the wedding. Members of the Antarctic Heritage Trust found the fruitcake in a hut inside a rotting container and wrapped in paper. Most recipes call for dried fruit to be soaked overnight. Sealing them properly will also prevent organisms from growing or thriving in and on your fruit cake. Can I bake now and age with your method and if I do will I still get the same result as yours or almost same result. I have also read about other methods of long aging which involves wrapping the cakes in alcohol-soaked muslin fabric and burying them in icing sugar for up to a year in a sealed container. (1) Just before wrapping and sealing. Can you kindly provide a non-alcoholic recipe? Hi Terry, thank u so much for all your post, it has really been of help to me. 7. You can subscribe to my blog by asking for notifications about new posts below. ½ cup drinking sherry (reduced to 2 teaspoons) Add the dried fruits and bring the mixture gently to a simmer, keeping the heat low … Hello Terry, Well, my three muslin wrapped fruit cakes turned out fabulous. Pls is it possible to air dry the mixed fruits (just before mixing them with the flour) after they must have been soaked in alcohol overnight? One key ingredient is 2 teaspoons sherry extract – which is now very difficult to find outside the commercial bakery market. Also, I don’t know if this is a silly question or not If the cake is fed with alcohol does this mean children can’t eat the cake?? 1. I am however yet to try this method. I wrapped the cakes in unbleached muslin fabric which I keep around strictly for food preps of various types. 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