Fruit and nut cakes, or traditionally called fruit cakes, are a holiday treat that many cannot do without. For some people, the holidays are so steeped in tradition that the holidays would not be the same without a slice of the delicious fruit and nut cakes.
Fruit and nut cakes have a long and rich history dating back thousands of years. The Romans would mix pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins into a cake base made out of mashed barley. Honey was eventually added as a sweetener, and more fruit followed as a way to provide sustenance to soldiers.
Fruit and nut cakes have not changed much since those days long ago. Some of the ingredients may have changed, but the basic recipe for the loaf of cake is the same.
This holiday season fruit and nut cakes will grace the tables all across the world. For many people, the cakes will bring back memories of their childhood, and the sweet aroma of these home-baked goodies are reminiscent of Christmas-gone-by.
The best part about the modern fruit and nut cakes is that they are no longer relegated to the holiday season. Summertime is also peak time for weddings and, for some, fruit and nut cakes have a long-standing tradition of being the favorite wedding cake. Slices of these fanciful fruit and nut cakes served during the wedding reception symbolizes wealth, prosperity and a long, happy life together.
During the summertime, these cakes are a staple in many kitchens. The dense cakes are great snacks during the summer heat and provide adequate nutrition with all the summertime activities.
There are plenty of fruit and nut cake lovers who want their cakes mailed to them directly to their home. Many retailers have online stores where consumers can order these delicious concoctions, and they will magically arrive within a week.