Or we discover an even better recipe. And the universe implodes.
Anyway, my mother gave me a copy of the article which included the "Traditional Fruitcake" recipe she had used as well as several others -- including "Tropical Fruitcake." Yes, tropical. No candied cherries or dates for this cake! No, instead imagine a rum-soaked cake loaded with candied pineapple, citron, lemon peel, orange peel, and macadamia nuts.
It sounded like a pirate's fantasy of a fruitcake and I had to try it!
Throwing myself on the mercy of the internets, I easily found everything I needed at Nuts Online and King Arthur Flour. Yes, if I had patience, I could probably have found my ingredients more locally than New Jersey and Vermont. I, however, am not patient. I hate hopping from store to store looking for odd ingredients. The time I fritter away searching would be better spent baking, goshdarnit.
Anyway ... this weekend I racked up all my ingredients, read the recipe through three times, and baked me a huge golden fruitcake.
I kid you not, this fruitcake will feed a small army.
Or four people who really like fruitcake.
Overall, this was an easy cake to make. Lots of ingredients, yes, but all used in a straight-forward way. The instructions were very clear and aside from my deep abiding hatred of parchment paper (no matter how I grease it, the evil stuff never lies flat), I really enjoyed making this cake.
I took lots of pictures of the recipe's steps, because these days I am all about mastering my camera and learning the different filter settings (don't want to take bad pictures of Terry Pratchett in September).
(To speed my assembly of this cake, I combined ingredients ahead of time wherever possible).
- Assembled raw ingredients.
- Combined chopped macadamia nuts, candied pineapple, crystallized ginger mini chips, candied citron, candied orange peel, candied lemon peel, sweetened flaked coconut, and flour.
- Combined flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Six eggs.
- Combined Jack Pineapple Coconut Rum, Key lime juice, lime zest, and vanilla.
- Beating the rum mixture into the creamed butter and sugar.
- Beating in the flour mixture.
- Hand-stirring in the dried fruit mixture.
- Ready to go into the oven.