I was not happy with this year's fruitcake results so last weekend I started over. I am not saying I am not going to eat the other ones, I certainly will have but I just don't want to gift them or serve them to guests. The first thing I did differently was to switch out the booze. Instead of rum I used a new bottle of brandy.
I also lightened up the batter a bit by not adding so much dried fruit and made the glaze less sticky. I gave the cakes a good soaking in paper towels drenched in glaze.
The results are a more cake-like loaf. I think I am going to try icing one of them with apricot jam, marzipan and royal icing for Christmas Eve dessert. That's a lot of sweet in one place but it's only once a year.