Friday, October 07, 2016

Collin Street Bakery's Traditional Fruit Cakes (review)

Every year as the holidays draw closer, the fruit cake jokes begin. And I just don't get it, because I love fruit cakes. Cherry cake, apricot cake, dark fruit cake filled with mixed peel - all delicious. I grew up on these treats, and firmly stand by them. I wonder if this bakery knew that about me when they contacted me last month? Hmm.

Collin Street Bakery is a family-run business in Texas, operating since 1896. Their pecan and fruit cakes still use the original recipes brought over from Germany in the 19th century by their founder, master baker Gus Weidmann. But their repertoire includes so much more, from pecan pies to an assortment of cookies to cheesecakes. I thought it was a little odd that a Texas bakery would reach out to a blogger in Ontario, but it turns out this business has been shipping their products internationally for 100 years. Fruit cake does have an excellent shelf life and travels very well.

I received the Apricot Pecan Cake to try with my family, and I served it up after Sunday dinner last week.

Each cake is hand decorated and jam-packed with pecans. The cake comes in a re-usable tin, and will stay moist and fresh in the fridge for months, like a fruit cake should. Just pop it back in its tin.

The cake is nicely dense and moist, and quite filling. We served it up with a dollop of whipped cream. There's a lot of apricot, and a lot of nuts. If you are not a fan of nuts, this might not be the cake for you, as they are dominant. I found it delicious. My mom said she would have preferred more fruit, and fewer nuts, but she still enjoyed it.

This Apricot Pecan Cake is available in two sizes - Regular is 1 lb. 14 oz., and serves 16-20 guests, and Medium serves 24-30. Collin Street Bakery also sells gift sets that include one of their cakes, along with the coffee to go with it. They deliver worldwide.

So, how do you feel about fruit cake? I'm looking forward to dark fruit cake season, coming soon!

Disclosure: I received complimentary product for review purposes. No financial compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own or those of my family.

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