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History of Fruit Cakes

Fruit cakes exist for a long, long time and is an ancient goody, with the oldest versions looking like energy bar made by the Romans to sustain their soldiers in battle. The Roman fruitcake was a mash of barley, honey, wine and dried fruit, often pomegranate seeds.

What you might recognize as a modern-style fruitcake – a moist, leavened dessert studded with fruits and nuts – was probably first baked in the early Middle Ages in Europe. Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg were symbols of culinary sophistication, and these sweet spices started appearing alongside fruit in many savory dishes – especially breads, but also main courses.

Before long, most cuisines had some sort of fruited breads or cakes that were early versions of the modern fruitcake.

Fruitcakes are different in Europe than they are in Canada or the United States. European fruitcakes tend to be more like the medieval fruited bread than the versions made in Great Britain and the United States. The two most common styles of fruitcake in Europe are the stollen and panettone.

British and American fruit cakes are much more like a cake as we know it. The British made rich fruitcakes with a layer of marzipan icing.

Cook Time

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15 min

20 min

35 min

Serves up to 10 cakes

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  • 120g butter
  • 225g flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 85g sugar
  • 85g dried fruits
  • lemon zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 spoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons sugar


  1. Preheat the oven on 200 degrees C/ 392 degrees F and grease 2 baking plates with butter.
  2. Mix the butter, flour & baking powder in a bowl. Once mixed, add the 85g of sugar, dried fruits & lemon zest.
  3. Mix the egg with 1 spoon of the milk until it's smooth and then add it to the flour mix, add the extra spoon of milk in case it's too dry. Knead it until it's a strong dough.
  4. Divide the dough into little balls and put them on the baking plates and cover them with a little bit of sugar. Now we bake them for about 10-12 minutes until they are gold brown and ready.
  5. Take the cakes off the baking plates and let them cool down. Bon Appetit!

Do You Love Tiramisu? Check Out My Fast & Easy Recipe For the Best Homemade Tiramisu

One of the first things that I think of when I hear or read 'Italy' is Tiramisu. I just can't help it. Of course, Italy has much more to offer then just their delicious Tiramisu.

Tiramisu is the most well-known dessert, it simply is the crème de la crème!

Tiramisu was invented by a confectioner called Roberto Linguanotto while he was working in his restaurant 'Le Beccherie' in Treviso, Italy. People say that tiramisu has aphrodisiac effects and therefore was served in brothels in Trevisto.

The name tiramisu comes from tireme su, which is dialect of Treviso for 'pick me up'. In Italian it's tiramisu.

Click here to read my Tiramisu Recipe!

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