The traditional fruitcake is made from dried, candied fruits and peels, with just enough alcohol-infused batter to hold its shape. Homemade versions don't always contain alcohol and may substitute plain dried fruits for the candied versions. Most traditional recipes can store well indefinitely if packaged properly, but nonalcohol versions have a shorter shelf life. During storage a fruitcake ripens and develops a deeper and more complex flavor. Alcohol-infused cakes ripen naturally during storage, but nonalcoholic cakes require ripening at room temperature for two or three days before you store them.
Storing Alcohol-Infused Fruitcakes
Soak a piece of cheesecloth in the same type of alcohol used to make the cake, which is usually brandy. Use a piece of cheesecloth large enough to fully wrap the cake.
Wrap the cheesecloth tightly around the fruitcake. Wrap a second time in aluminum foil and place it in a storage container, if desired.
Store the fruitcake in a cool pantry. Remove the wrapping and soak the cheesecloth in alcohol every three months during storage so it doesn't dry out completely.
Storing Nonalcoholic Fruitcakes
Frost the fruitcake with a thick layer of marzipan or other thick frosting before storage. Set it in a container and pour a fruit glaze over the cake, coating it completely.
Soak a piece of cheesecloth in fruit juice. Wrap the cake in the cheesecloth and place it back into the container. Seal it closed.
Store the fruitcake in the refrigerator. Use it within three months.
How to Freeze a Fruitcake
How Long Can a Brandy-Soaked Fruitcake ...
How to Preserve Fondant
Can I Eat a Fruitcake From Last Year?
How to Defrost a Frozen Cake With ...
How to Glaze a Fruitcake
How to Keep Baked Goods Moist Overnight
How Early Can You Make a Wedding Cake?
How to Pipe with Whipped Cream
How to Freeze Cakes Before Frosting
Does Cream-Based Frosting Have to Be ...
Instructions for Baking Fruit Cake in ...
How to Bake a Moist Jamaican Fruit Cake
How to Keep Cake Moist Overnight ...
How Long Does Banana Bread Stay Fresh?
How to Infuse Vodka With Figs
How to Freeze Papaya
How to Make a White Decorator Icing
Calories in a Funfetti Cake With ...
How to Make a Two-Layered Birthday Cake ...
- You can freeze fruitcakes if you use them within six to 12 months, but they won't develop the same complex flavor once frozen.
Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.
Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images