National Fruitcake Day - December 27
Wed, Dec 27, 2023

National Fruitcake Day

National Fruitcake Day is a great holiday for all sweet-tooth fruit lovers! Today, fruits are combined with dough to create a delicious dessert, without which it is hard to imagine a festive table. Whether you make it yourself or buy it from culinary shops, you can discover a world of vibrant taste sensations!


The creator of fruit-based pastries and cakes is unknown, but their history dates back centuries. Scientists have determined that these products existed 2000 years ago in ancient Rome – likely the composition included pomegranate, raisins, cedar, and honey. There are also references to canned fruit in Egyptian tombs, suggesting that fruit cakes were an important part of their diet. However, it is unlikely that these ancient products would have been to our taste, since we are used to a wide variety of delights which did not exist then.

In the 18th century, fruit cakes were heavily banned due to the high consumption of butter and sugar. The government also declared that these products were too unhealthy for the public. Fortunately, in the 19th century, the situation returned to normal and cakes were used for birthdays and weddings. Eventually, a separate National Day was created in celebration of fruitcakes!

Interesting facts

  • Jay Leno – American actor and host of the popular show “The Tonight Show” – tried a piece of cake on air which dates back to 1878.
  • Fruitcakes can actually be stored for many years, if prepared properly.
  • In Portugal, beans are put into cakes during baking – whoever finds the bean is said to bake the cake for the next year. This fun tradition is also used in other countries.

How to take part

National Fruitcake Day is a great time to spend in the kitchen, making the best recipes. Invite your guests to a delicious dinner and treat them to sweetness. Let them appreciate your creation! Bake mini-cakes and treat your neighbors, colleagues, and classmates. There are no people who wouldn’t be delighted with such a treat.

When is National Fruitcake Day celebrated in 2023?

National Fruitcake Day is observed on December 27 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday December 27 2023
Friday December 27 2024
Saturday December 27 2025
Sunday December 27 2026

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