Food & Drink

Time to buy the fruitcake

You can order your fruitcake now, made by Martha Brockus, of Edwardsville.
You can order your fruitcake now, made by Martha Brockus, of Edwardsville.

It’s that time of year for those of us who can’t get through Christmas or even Thanksgiving without fruitcake.

Luckily, we have a superior cakemaker in Martha Brockus, of Edwardsville, who learned from her late mother, Rosalie Kovarik. Martha has not only inherited her skills, but many of her customers as well.

Martha started last year taking up the task of making hundreds of pounds of fruitcake. She has begun taking orders for the Christmas season and her prices are the same as 2014:

Dozen miniatures: $12 (or $1 each, in whatever number of cakes you need packaged)

Loaves: 1 1/2-pound loaf, $14, 2-pounder, $18.50 and a 3-pound loaf is $28

Round cakes: $35 for a 4-pound cake and $45 for a 5-pound one

Cakelette: New this year, it is a 5-ounce cube for $3. It’s the perfect size for a gift basket enhancement.

Martha makes them at home, so she will mail cakes, with customers paying postage (but no handling fees).

She also will make some deliveries, if she gathers enough to make more than one stop on an outing.

You can pick up fruitcakes from Deb’s Barber and Salon in Bethalto (431 S. Prarie St., 62010, 618-377-8638), Monday through Saturday, but please call first.

You also can pick up orders at Martha’s home, 7467 Swamp Oak Lane, Edwardsville, 618-531-0040, but she has a busy schedule, so please call first to make sure she’s home.

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