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You either love fruitcake or you hate it – there’s really no middle ground. A Christmas essential in many countries, fruitcake is famous for having lots of ingredients among which candied peels, dried fruit, nuts and spices, such as nutmeg and cinnamon are essentials.
There are many varieties of fruitcake ranging from light (with fewer ingredients and a light batter) to rich (with a dense, heavy batter that includes lots of fruit and nuts). Celebration fruitcakes come covered in marzipan (made with almonds) icing and decorated with royal icing. These are eaten not only at Christmas but also at weddings, anniversaries and christenings.