By Travis Dhanraj (CBC) Of all the items on a holiday baking list, nothing gets less respect than Fruitcake. But that hasn't stopped a Canadian woman who's working to resurrect the reputation of the fruitcake.
The town of Heisler is pretty quiet most days but not in Valerie Wolbeck's kitchen.
Valerie's kitchen is fruitcake central.
She's whipping up more than 50 every day.
I've heard all the jokes, but I say that you haven't tasted a good cake until you have tasted mine
If it seems like a lot of work, it is. But Valerie is exactly where she wants to be for the most part.
My dream job would be to just be in the kitchen and not have to do any of the dishes, or any of the clean up or any of the shopping.
Valerie got into it years ago, after making one cake for a friend's wedding.
It turned out really good, they really liked it, then I made a few for the market and it just went on from there, it's history.
And now, her fruitcakes are - well - famous. She's filling orders all over Canada.
I've sent them to the Northwest territories, I've sent them to Fort St. John, Quebec, Ontario, lots to Calgary, lots to Edmonton.
And in Heisler, her baking is a holiday highlight.
I really think Val is doing a heck of a job. It's almost unknown in even this part of the world that she makes this many, We know she has lots of fruitcakes and lots of baking here.
Usually she makes eight batches a day of the light and dark cakes. But some days, she mixes more ...a lot more.I have done a record day of 177, but that was 24 hours around the clock.
Year after year, customers seek her out for their festive fruitcake fix.
I like dark light fruitcake, dark fruitcake is the best for me so that's what I like the best.
The red and green the aroma, the smell like I know a lot of people love the smell of something sweet baking in the oven.
It's no wonder that Valerie plans to keep her oven going.
I will do it as long as I can, cause I love it.
Valerie Wolbeck is no doubt the fruitcake queen of Alberta, Canada. She is on pace to churn out two thousand pounds of the festive bricks over the holidays this year.
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