Everyone knows a good fruitcake takes time--those of us that know that fruitcake can be "good," that is. I know it's a dessert with a bad reputation, but as far as I'm concerned, combining baked goods and booze is never a bad idea.
If you're up for a challenge that will last 'til Christmas--and beyond, if you want it to--here are some fruit cake recipes for you. The first one is actually pretty straight-forward, but the next three definitely offer a twist on tradition.
Alton's Free Range Fruit Cake
Fruit and Stout Cake from Martha
Fruitcake with Chocolate and Cider--and confusing metric measurements...
A last-minute Fruitcake with Olives
Oh, and thanks for sharing those advent calendar links! It's always fun to see what other people are doing--or at least, are dreaming about doing. Keep the fresh ideas coming!