Holiday Fruitcake: Where Do You Stand?

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Fruitcake - it takes a lot of flak this time of year. Doorstop, brick, paper-weight - we've all heard the alternate uses for that dreaded loaf of fruitcake.

We're on the other side; we think a really well-made fruitcake, heavy with rum, good fruit, and dark spices is one of the great pleasures of the holiday season. Many people have never had a good fruitcake, however, and the commercial versions with the radioactively-colored peel and cherries are indeed enough to turn anyone off.

What's your opinion, and have you ever baked a fruitcake?