Someone out there must like fruit cake because they keep getting sent as Christmas gifts. Sorry fruit cake lovers, call me a food snob, but I’m not a fan. I’ll concede that fruit cake isn’t the worst food ever (I think that title goes to canned ham), but why subject yourself to neon colored “fruit” pieces and dense cake when there are so many festive holiday pastry alternatives.
Stollen– This German fruit bread has “stollen” my heart (ha!). It sort of resembles a fruit cake but it’s much, much better! Instead of the neon fake fruit, the stollen is filled with two kinds of raisins, almonds, spices and a strip of sweet marizpan. Bakers dust the whole loaf with a generous coating of powdered sugar. Why is stollen so popular at Christmas time? Because the shape and color symbolize the baby Jesus wrapped in a white cloth.
Christmas Sugar Cookies– Are you challenged in the baking department? You can still send gorgeous sugar cookies thanks to the bakers at K-Delights bakery.
Turtle Cheesecake– This turtle cheesecake is made by a bakery in Wisconsin called Cheesecake Heaven. It’s not just a clever name, it’s where you go when you eat it! The creamy cheesecake, crunchy nuts and gooey caramel make a decadent combination that will put any fruit cake to shame.
Have I convinced you? Forget the fruit cake and browse the holiday desserts at Wisconsinmade.com.