I am beyond excited to share the most amazing fruitcake, don’t scoff…it is addictively delicious! It is from my dear friend, TOM MANTEL, it is his family recipe and one he does not share. I DONT HAVE ENOUGH THANK YOU’S THAT I HAVE BEEN TRUSTED TO SHARE THIS WITH ALL OF YOU! You are in for a truly amazing treat. Since everyone has been baking bread for the first time during the Pandemic this should be a snap!

Why today you might ask, well for many years I have had the supreme pleasure of being with My Toms for a marathon shopping, cooking, eating…repeat…week, that would have begun yesterday and continued through the Friday after Thanksgiving. I might add, lots of giggling and lots of wine!!!!! Obviously that isn’t happening in this very strange year! Today would have been fruitcake making day, lots of fruitcakes, (along with other goodies we have added over the years). After being an apprentice for several years in the fruitcake ritual (and it is just that!!!!!) last year I was elevated to doing my own batter! Oh my the pressure…here I am very seriously, and a bit nervously, measuring the spices.

Being entrusted with the batter quite the upgraded status!
A quick shifting of dry ingredients.
The bouquet of spices
The finished product, served for Christmas on one of my green transferware plates, I can’t wait for this years edition, and am anxiously looking forward to the day I can again be involved in our Holiday Cooking Marathon!


Enjoy and Happy Holidays!!!!!!!


  1. Thomas Mantel November 22, 2020 / 10:15 pm

    It is our pleasure to share this recipe. My mother made it for years and I took over when she stopped. We always send fruitcake to our friends near and far, it is a tradition that I love. As you said it is a strange year. Next year we will bake and cook until we drop!!!

    • nenasnotes November 22, 2020 / 10:51 pm

      I know my readers will enjoy the story of the tradition you are continuing and hopefully they will make your treasured recipe, I so appreciate that you shared it with me! And, by the way, we always cook until we drop!!!!!

  2. Pamella Capitanini November 22, 2020 / 11:54 pm

    I am going to try this ! Wish me luck !

    • nenasnotes November 23, 2020 / 12:06 am

      You will LOVE it. It is THE best fruitcake ever…moist, boozy and delicious! Be sure to soak your fruit as long as possible and follow each step and you will be fine.

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