The Romans used raisins, pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, barley mash, honeyed wine, and other ingredients to make a cake they called “satura.”
The word satire, a literary method created by the Romans, is appropriately taken from cake since it has a variety of sour and sweet elements, according to the New York Times.
Fruitcake did not truly start to take off until the 16th century. Robert Sietsema attributed “the fruitcake plague” to the cheap sugar that was imported to Europe from the colonies in the 1500s in his piece “A Short History of Fruitcake” for the Village Voice in 2002.
Speaking of wedding fruitcake, it became very popular in Victorian England. Fruitcake also started to become a staple at holidays and other special events. A single-layer plum cake was presented by Queen Victoria during her own wedding to Prince Albert.
On the Apollo 11 space trip, a pineapple fruitcake was brought along. But when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to set foot on the moon, it wasn’t snugly nestled in their tummies. Presently on exhibit at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., is the fruitcake.
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