Did you make, or receive a fruitcake for Christmas? This Holiday cake can bring out some pretty strong reactions in people. There’s a Holiday set aside just for appreciation of fruitcake, it’s December 27th – Fruitcake Day. If you didn’t make or get this fruit filled cake, you may want to grab some before the store runs out. Trust me…you will NEED it for January 3rd.
History of Fruitcake
Fruitcakes sometimes have a bad reputation. They are re-gifted 30% of the time. If you lived in Ancient Egypt, chances are you would be buried with a fruit cake. It was believed a fruitcake was essential for the voyage to the afterlife.
The Ancient Romans were believed to be the first to bake this fruit and seed laden loaf. If you bake your own, you can make it more enjoyable by using fruits and nuts everyone will enjoy.
Fruitcake is just as it’s name implies
Fruitcake is really just like any other quick bread or loaf cake, only with a lot more fruit and nuts added. You make a simple cake batter, stir in the fruits and nuts, and bake until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
The resulting cake is dense and looks like a beautiful mosaic when sliced, with fruits and nuts in every bite. (Tip: Toss the fruits and nuts in flour before mixing them into the batter. This will help keep them evenly distributed throughout the cake during baking.) Baking together is always an activity that is memorable family time.
If full blown fruitcake is not your thing, try the cookie recipe included in the FRUITCAKE FUN Activity pack by Homeschool Holiday.
Ways to celebrate Fruitcake Day
This curriculum pack is a great way to commemorate this nutty holiday, and toss in a little learning as well. There is graphing, measurement and if you make cookies even the science of recipes! It also includes a quick copywork / handwriting activity with a fruitcake coloring page. Be sure to grab our FRUITCAKE FUN activity pack. It covers both Fruitcake Day as well as Fruitcake Toss Day, January 3rd.
If you want to take it further you can also research other Ancient Egyptian beliefs regarding the afterlife, besides being buried with fruitcake.
I hope Fruitcake Day is filled with FUN for you and your learners! Be sure to check out how much fun we had TOSSING our Fruitcake on January 3rd when my “bugs” were little.
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