With the holidays in full swing, often there is a big focus on holiday dinners and desserts. While many indulge in bread pudding, cakes, cookies, and pies, an often overlooked holiday dessert is fruitcake. Fruitcake has been a very captivating holiday dessert that has garnered many strong opinions: There are die-hard fruitcake fans, but there are also many who ridicule the holiday cake for its density, taste, and long shelf life. Although fruitcake hasn't had the best reputation, it has existed around the world for ages. According to redbookmag.com, fruitcake stems from ancient Roman times when a mix of nuts, fruit, honeyed wine, and barley mash was shaped into a cake eaten by Roman soldiers, since it went long without spoiling and was easily portable.
Fruitcake isn't as bad as it's made out to be. There have been many tasty variations of fruitcake over the years and different methods of making it. For those who don't like candied fruit, there are fruitcakes that are made with fresh fruit. And there are many fruitcakes out there that include icing, nuts, chocolate, coffee, and citrus, and some are even soaked in wine or alcohol. Contrary to popular belief, there are places that make delicious fruitcakes. Make 2020 even crazier by putting aside preconceived notions of fruitcake and giving it another try. Who knows? It may just become a new holiday favorite. While fruitcake can be found in local supermarkets such as Rouses, Walmart, and Whole Foods this holiday season, listed below are two bakeries in New Orleans known for their delicious fruitcake. Get yours in time for National Fruitcake Day on December 27.
Haydel's Bakery guarantees that visitors have never tasted a fruitcake like theirs. Haydel's bakes everything fresh every day and has been serving delicious desserts to New Orleans for over three generations. They offer assorted and flavorful fruitcake flavors that aim to please. Their fruitcakes are sold in a collectable box or tin, are individually wrapped, and include tasty original flavors such as Creole apricot, original, light, and sinful pineapple with macadamia nuts. 4037 Jefferson Hwy., (504) 837-0190, haydelsbakery.com
Baker Maid's fruitcake has been a local favorite and, at one point, was so popular that it was Baker Maid's sole item! Their traditional dark fruitcake is a family recipe that has been a New Orleans holiday staple for over 50 years. It includes flavor-aged candied fruit, almonds, walnuts, aromatic spices, brandy, and rum, for a nice, delectable treat. Their traditional dark fruitcake can be found in local Southeastern Louisiana grocery stores and can be ordered online and shipped to homes. 2419 Julia St., (504) 827-5500, bakermaid.com