My mother-in-law taught me to wrap Christmas fruitcake in cheesecloth soaked in grapefruit juice. She would make one for her 7 children and 13 grandchildren every year. After trying different things back in the day, even trying a coffee wrap, which didn't work very well, she settled on grapefruit juice. This is great for a non-alcoholic family fruit cake! Some mild fermentation will already exist in the cake from the fruit.
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If you are making the fruitcake from scratch, the Festive Fruitcake I recipe works well. I like a recipe with some fresh-brewed coffee added in. If you are using a freshly baked cake, allow it to cool before wrapping.
Baking 2 or 3 months ahead is best, but not required if you use a store-bought cake.
If my mother-in-law was out of cheesecloth, she used paper towels.
157 calories; protein 1.4g; carbohydrates 30.2g; fat 4.2g; cholesterol 2.3mg; sodium 122.7mg. Full Nutrition
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