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Every year my family gets me this incredible fruitcake confection made by the Amish in Elkhart, Indiana. And every year I make it disappear in . . . oh, minus five seconds.
Hmmmm. I wonder if anyone is hiring in Elkhart. . .
It was the Pennsylvania Dutch who brought cake to the U.S. Way back in the day (18th-19th centuries), the cakes you would find in someone's home were usually made with fruit and aged with liquor, like the fruitcakes we re-gift today. Since there was no refrigeration, buttercream wasn't terribly popular, so a cake that could stand the test of time, like one preserved with alcohol, was preferred. Also, cakes were pretty heavy (like fruitcake) before about the mid 19th century, because baking powder/soda wasn't around or affordable for "regular" people - usually the rich were able to afford this.
There were of course, cakes leavened with egg whites (angel food) and shortcake, but these of course were also usually eaten with fruit.
Can you tell I love cake?