You can eat the fruitcake on the same day that you bake it; it will be delicious. However, to allow the flavours to merry better, wait a few days or even weeks before serving. Your fruitcake can easily be prepared several weeks in advance. Well wrapped, it will keep for months in a cool place. Moreover, we once appreciated fruitcakes because they kept nuts and candied fruits for a long time.
If you don’t have any fruitcake left after Christmas and want to prepare more, buy your candied fruit and freeze them now: it's that time of year that you find a greater variety in supermarkets.
Fruitcake is a dessert popular here but also in the United States, where even a festival is dedicated to it. The Great Fruitcake Toss is held each year in Colorado in January. This festival is a great success and allows everyone to present his or her own recipe. In other western countries, this traditional holiday season cake takes a different look from ours: there is, of course, the famous British plum pudding, and in Italy, the delicious panettone. As for Spain, there is no candied fruitcake: however there exists a tradition to eat 12 grapes, one at each stroke when midnight strikes to mark the arrival of the New Year.