I've never enjoyed fruitcake, but my Dad likes it so much, he'll even eat the cheap stuff usually found near the checkout at the drug store! I thought he'd like one as a gift, so I adapted the recipe for Coconut and Lime's triple ginger cranberry sauce bread and added a ton more stuff, including dried fruit and spices. The result was so tasty, that even I don't mind a slice during the holidays. —theminx
Put dried fruit in a microwave-safe bowl and pour over the rum. Stir well, cover with plastic wrap, and nuke on high for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a loaf pan with release spray and set aside. Combine the first five ingredients in the bowl of a mixer (or use a hand mixer) and mix until thoroughly combined. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and spices. Add the macerated fruit (plus the rum) and nuts. Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
With the fruitcake still in the loaf pan, poke holes in it with a toothpick. Pour over about 1/4 cup booze of your choice (rum is nice). Allow to soak in. Add another 1/4 cup or so after the cake has cooled a bit. When cake is completely cool, remove from loaf pans and wrap tightly in foil.