I admit I've never been a huge traditional fruit cake fan. When pressed, I'd personally much rather have a small piece of one of the "light" versions, preferably studded with a good pineapple and nuts. However, I do like baking and I believe it's time to think about starting some fruit cakes if I want them to be able to season/ripen for gift-giving at the holidays.
If you have a great fruit cake recipe, lay it on me. Light or dark cake doesn't really matter -- I'm open to being convinced a rich, dark and spiced fruit cake can be delicious, too. Less-conventional recipes are welcome here, too. For example, to me, the idea of a rich, chocolate-y fruit cake made with a high-fat cocoa and maybe heavier on the cinnamon (still with a mix of dried fruits and nuts) sounds like it would be a recipe worth playing with.
And haters gonna hate. Let's keep the fruit cake complaining to a minimum here; this thread is about love of fruit cake (or love of its potential). Thank you!