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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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
1 week 3 days
total:
1 week 3 days
Servings:
10
Yield:
1 fruitcake
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour grapefruit juice into a large bowl and add cheesecloth; allow to soak. Wrap the cake in the grapefruit-soaked cheesecloth; wrap again in 2 layers of aluminum foil. Store in a cool place for up to 2 or 3 months.

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Cook's Notes:

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.

Nutrition Facts

157 calories; protein 1.4g 3% DV; carbohydrates 30.2g 10% DV; fat 4.2g 6% DV; cholesterol 2.3mg 1% DV; sodium 122.7mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition
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