Many foodies dream of baking homemade fruitcake but don't have the time, patience and energy to soak dried fruits in liquor and make everything from scratch. Luckily, there are tons of fruitcake desserts you can make without breaking a sweat in the kitchen.
Chocolate Bark (What the Fruitcake?)
Foodies who love fruitcake will surely adore this Chocolate Bark recipe from What the Fruitcake?. It's very simple and relatively easy to make - melted chocolate tempered and topped with a variety of nuts, fruits, candies and seeds. The author of the blog, Mandy Mortimer, has some great flavor combinations you might want to check out.
"This is another chocolate that is great as a gift. Very quick and easy to make, you can be as creative as you like with toppings and it looks delicious!"
- Milk/Dark/White Chocolate, tempered (any amount, from 7 oz. (200g) to 14 oz. (400g))
- Various nuts, seeds, candies, dried fruits or anything you like in any quantity you like
Simple, No-Bake Holiday Fruitcake Parfait (Lille Punkin')
If your family isn't fond of eating fruitcake as it is, this recipe called Simple, No-Bake Holiday Fruitcake Parfait from Lille Punkin' is a great way to serve fruitcake and shake things up a bit. Slices of fruitcake are layered with chocolate pudding and whipped cream. Top with Holiday sprinkles for a more festive treat!
"This sweet dish is a great way to use up that leftover fruitcake, but I'm serving it at Thanksgiving! It's never too early to enjoy your favorite holiday fruitcake!"
- 1 Fruitcake Loaf
- 1 box of Great Value Chocolate Pudding (vanilla works, too!)
- 2 cups of Great Value Whole Milk
- 1 can of Whipped Cream
Better-Than-Fruitcake Bark (The View From Great Island)
This Better-Than-Fruitcake Bark from The View From Great Island is another great chocolate bark that celebrates Holiday flavors. With white chocolate on top, the bright colors of the dried fruits are emphasized. For a more rustic look, mix in whole nuts along with chopped nuts and dried or candied fruits.
"Better-Than-Fruitcake Bark ~ nobody loves fruitcake, but every everybody flips for this chocolate bark loaded with dried fruits and nuts!"
- 1 12-oz bag dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 12-oz bag white chocolate chips
- about 1 to 1 1/2 cups assorted colorful dried fruit and roasted nuts, rough chopped or left whole
Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:
Use a silicone baking mat when making chocolate barks to make it easier to take off the chocolate from the pan once it is set.