Japanese Fruitcake

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Preparation info

  • Serves

    8 to 10

    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

Southern Cakes

Southern Cakes

By Nancie McDermott

Published 2007

  • About

Why this sweet holiday celebration cake should bear this curious and confusing name is a mystery. Nothing about it is remotely Japanese, nor does it qualify as a fruitcake in any traditionally Southern definition of the word. Like classic fruitcake, it is enjoyed widely throughout the South as a holiday-season celebration cake. It contains raisins, spices, lemon and orange zest, and fresh coconut, so let’s all welcome it to the fruitcake family with a big ol’ hug. Think of it as a luscious