How do I Get a Shiny Appearance on Fruit Cake?

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How do I Get a Shiny Appearance on Fruit Cake?
Create a shiny appearance for the exterior of your fruit cake by covering it with a glaze. (fruitcake and black tea image by odze from

Commercially produced fruit cakes have a shiny appearance from the sugary glaze coating the cake's exterior. This glaze has more than cosmetic value. According to Baking 911, a shiny fruit cake keeps longer because the glaze helps to lock in moisture, preventing spoilage. (see reference 1) For your next baked fruit cake, add a glaze as a finishing touch after baking to create the appearance of a professionally baked fruit cake.

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Things you need

  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • ¼ cup pineapple or orange juice
  • Whisk
  • Baked 10-inch fruit cake
  • Wire rack
  • Baking pan
  • Pastry brush

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  1. 1

    Whisk together the corn syrup and juice in a saucepan over medium-low heat until the syrup boils.

  2. 2

    Remove the cooled fruitcake from the pan and place it on a wire rack over a baking pan to catch any excess glaze.

  3. 3

    Brush the hot glaze over the top and sides of the fruit cake.

  4. 4

    Let the cake cool for two hours to set the first layer of glaze.

  5. 5

    Bring the remaining corn syrup and juice mixture to a boil over medium-low heat.

  6. 6

    Coat the fruit cake with a second layer of glaze and let cool completely before wrapping and storing.

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