I love homemade fruitcake. It's not Christmas without, as far as I am concerned. I spent a good bit of last weekend confecting a half portion of my mother-in-law's recipe (a dark one, with brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, mace, and cloves). It was developed over several years by my mother-in-law and her wonderful aunt, both of whom are/were excellent bakers. It calls for candied grapefruit and angelica, neither of which are easily found these days (ashamed to say I substitute more citron and orange peel). It is a lot of work (1 1/2 hrs to prepare the fruit, 1 hr roughly to prepare the pans, 2 hrs to get the batter made and the cakes in the oven, 2 1/2 hours + to bake) but makes a super fruitcake. And smells wonderful baking. The amount I made makes 3 x 4 lb + cakes (in full-sized 9" x 5" pans), how they ever managed with the full recipe I will never know (apparently they mixed it in a new clean garbage can). I would be happy to post the recipe if anyone would be interested, and would be delighted to see other family heirloom or favorite recipes.