The DeLuxe Guide To Fruitcake
Ask the Fruitcake Experts
Here at Collin Street Bakery, we are what you might call ‘fruitcake experts’. We’ve spent 122 years living, loving, and learning everything there is to know about fruitcake. Throughout the years, we’ve compiled a wealth of knowledge on how best to store it, slice it, serve it, and even cook with it. In other words, we basically have an official Doctorate of Fruitcake-ology.
We’ve decided our knowledge is just too important to keep to ourselves. So we’ve made this handy-dandy everything guide to fruitcake. Check it out!
Collin Street Bakery 's DeLuxe® Fruitcake Guide:
A Brief History of Fruitcake
Fruitcake as global culinary delicacy dates all the way back to a time before the construction of the pyramids. Throughout the centuries the recipe spread across the globe with each receiving country adapting the recipe based on the availability of local ingredients. This list of countries who have adopted their own version of the fruitcake includes Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Fruitcake, as we know it today, was first created before the invention of refrigeration out of necessity. Fruits and nuts painstaking gathered during the harvest season needed to be preserved before the arrival of fall’s first frost. It was discovered that when baked into a dense cake these fruits and nuts could be safely stored for long periods of time. Then during the barren days of winter, these cakes were eaten as a celebration of nature's bounty. The celebratory nature of these cakes made them a natural Thanksgiving and Christmas treat. In fact, many people call fruitcake ‘Christmas Cake’ for this very reason.
Fun Fruitcake Facts
Pecans are indigenous to the United States and are one of the countries most expensive nuts. Every single one of Collin Street’s DeLuxe® Fruitcakes and Texas Pecan Cakes are comprised of 27% pecans, by weight. Luckily, we don’t have to go too far to find our pecans because the largest pecan shelling factory resides right in Corsicana, Texas.
Collin Street Bakery only uses native pecans in our Fruitcakes and Pecan Cakes. This does not mean they are growing in Texas (although some of them are) but instead that the trees from which we get our pecans are natively grown. Meaning the trees are grown the way Mother Nature intended, directly from the seed itself. Native pecans are known to have a sweeter, richer flavor.
Our pineapples and papayas both come from our very own organic Costa Rican farms. Before selling a portion of our farms to Dole, Collin Street Bakery owned and operated the largest organic pineapple growing operation in the world.
All our DeLuxe® Fruitcakes and Texas Pecan Cakes are sweetened using locally harvested clover honey from Burleson, Texas. This mild tasting honey is produced from the clover flower, which contributes to more honey production in the United States than any other group of plants. There are three primary types of clovers most critical to this type of honey production: white and yellow clover, red clover, and Alsike clover. Depending on which species of the plant most visited during nectar collection, the bees can produce honey varying in color from translucent white to amber.
Next time you watch "The Godfather,” check out the DeLuxe’s® cameo appearance! In the scene where James Caan's character, "Sonny", learns he is being set up by the Mob, our famous DeLuxe® tin can be seen behind him on the counter. The set designer felt our fruitcake tin added a sense of classic “Americana.”
The Godfather. Dir. Francis Ford Coppola. Perf. Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James
Caan and Diane Keaton. 1972. VHS. Paramount Home Video, 1999.
Legend has it that a DeLuxe® Fruitcake was taken on one of the Apollo Space missions.
Our Deluxe® fruitcake was almost featured in the Guinness Book of World Records! Collin Street’s fruitcake submission was entered into the category for the largest fruitcake ever baked. To memorialize the event, we even had an enormous fruitcake tin made! The lid is proudly displayed in our downtown Corsicana Bakeshop.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When is the DeLuxe® Fruitcake available for sale?
A: Our fruitcakes are freshly baked and ready for sale year round!
Q: How long does a DeLuxe® Fruitcake stay fresh?
A: Your fruit cake is best enjoyed immediately upon arrival. However, with proper refrigeration, your cake can stay moist and easy-to-slice for several months. For longer-term storage, we suggest placing your fruit cake in the freezer.
Q: How do I properly refrigerate my DeLuxe® Fruitcake?
A: If you have yet to remove your fruitcake from its plastic wrapping, place it back into its tin or an airtight container and directly into the fridge. If you have removed the plastic wrapping, first rewrap your fruitcake with a fresh piece of plastic wrap. Then place your cake back in its tin or an airtight container and into the fridge.
Q: How many serving are in each size of DeLuxe® Fruitcake?
A: Our Regular DeLuxe® cake contains approximately 16-20 servings. Our Medium DeLuxe® size contains approximately 24-30 servings. Our Large DeLuxe® contains approximately 40-50 servings.
Q: What are the main ingredients in the DeLuxe® Fruitcake?
A: Native Texas pecans, cherries, pineapple, papaya, golden raisins, and honey.
Q: Can the DeLuxe® Fruitcake be shipped internationally?
A: Yes! All our DeLuxe® Fruitcakes can be shipped internationally. Plus, our we can also internationally ship our Apricot Pecan Cakes, Pineapple Pecan Cakes, Apricot Pecan Cakes, and Strawberry Pecan Cakes.
Q: Is the DeLuxe® Fruitcake gluten free?
A: Our DeLuxe® is not gluten-free. However, we have been diligently working to create a gluten-free cake that maintains the same taste and texture as our traditional favorite.
How to Store Fruit Cake Made Simple!
Each of our DeLuxe® Fruitcakes and Texas Pecan Cakes come in a reusable collector tin you can use to store your fruitcake. With refrigeration, it can stay moist and easy-to-slice for several months. For longer storage, we suggest freezing.
**Save your fruitcake tin, we will be holding a contest in January 2019 that requires the use of our collector tin!**
How to Properly Slice Fruitcake
When your Collin Street Bakery Fruitcake arrives, you may want to impulsively rip open the tin and dig in! Now we see no problem with acting on that impulse if you’ve ordered a cake just for yourself. However, if you trying to prepare your cake for a family or holiday gathering, we do not suggest this strategy.
Instead, we suggest you neatly slice your cake into even wedges, perfect for serving and sharing. But how should you cut your cake? Any way you slice it, your fruitcake will taste pretty good. But, if you want your fruitcake to look as good as it tastes, we suggest reading our Fruitcake Slicing Tutorial.
What is the Best Brandy for Fruitcake?
When deciding between brandy soaked fruitcake or rum soaked fruit cake we recommend a good 6-8 year barrel aged liquor to pair well with your DeLuxe® Fruitcake. You have chosen our world famous fruitcake, choose a good spirit based on quality recommendations and reviews.
How to Correctly Infuse Fruitcake
In many families, it is a long-held tradition to give their fruitcakes a little zip by infusing the flavors of a favorite liquor. In some households, it’s even common to infuse fruitcakes with favorite wines or ports! However, beware the heavy-handed pourer. To prevent your fruitcake from becoming a soggy, alcohol-ridden hooch cake, we’ve created the perfect how-to guide for infusing your fruitcakes.
How Long Does Fruitcake Last?
Well, it depends on how many hungry people are enjoying it! Our Deluxe® Fruitcake is available in a number of sizes, unsliced or sliced for your convenience, and is perfect for serving to guests. When sharing, you may notice that your Fruitcake disappears more quickly than intended!
How to Make Fruitcake Stuffing
Are you looking for a unique yet simple recipe which will wow your family and friends? We have just what you’re looking for. Inspired by the taste of classic fall flavors, our Fruitcake Stuffing Recipe transforms a traditional holiday dessert into a savory side dish. Whether cooking for a small party of friends or your whole extended family, our stuffing recipe can be easily adapted for a gathering of any size.
All This Talk About Fruitcake…
After reading all about all fruitcake, we know you’re probably in the mood to have some. Luckily for you, fruitcake is just a few simple clicks away.
View our delicious selection of DeLuxe® Fruitcakes and Texas Pecan Cakes!