Christmas cake is a type of cake, often fruitcake, served at Christmas time in many countries. The Christmas cake is a December highlight that brings the family together for sharing laughter, memories and warm family stories. Christmas cake is an English tradition that began as plum porridge.
People ate the porridge on Christmas Eve, using it to line their stomachs after a day of fasting. For Christmas, they made a similar cake using seasonal dried fruit and spices. The spices represented the exotic eastern spices brought by the Wise Men.
The American tradition of eating fruitcake around the holidays stemmed from the British tradition, when the dessert was sometimes called Christmas cake or plum cake.
A cake that may also be served at Christmas time in the United Kingdom, in addition to the traditional Christmas cake, is known as a “Yule Log, or chocolate log”. This is a Swiss roll that is coated in chocolate, resembling a log.