Congressman Earl Blumenauer's Fruitcake Ice Cream


Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Salt and Straw's Tyler Malek showed us how they make their famous fruitcake ice cream.

For the fourth year running, U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Salt & Straw Ice Cream will team up to create Congressman Blumenauer's Fruitcake, their feel-good collaborative ice cream flavor. The ice cream flavor is made using his secret family holiday fruitcake recipe that he is legendary for gifting from the halls of the U.S. Capitol to the homes of friends and family in Portland. The flavor will be featured for the month of December in Salt & Straw scoop shops and available for nationwide shipping. All proceeds from the flavor will be donated to Community Cycling Center’s (CCC) annual Holiday Bike Drive. The Community Cycling Center is a non-profit organization that works to broaden access to bicycling in the Portland community, and through their annual Holiday Bike Drive they will donate hundreds of bikes to kids in need. Providing kids with the building blocks for a healthy and happy life was the inspiration behind the collaboration, bringing together two of Congressman Blumenauer’s passions; bicycling for all and fruitcakes.

To help the community raise bikes for kids during the month of December:

1.Salt & Straw will donate all proceeds from the sales of the fruitcake flavor to the Community Cycling Center.

2.Salt & Straw customers can buy a child their first ever bike for $50 at the Salt & Straw register. For every bike purchased in store, Salt & Straw will make a matching donation.

3.Donations can be made directly on Community Cycling Center’s website,

Salt & Straw and Congressman Blumenauer’s

Fruitcake Recipe

8 oz butter, room temp

2 2/3 cup sugar

6 eggs, room temp

2 tsp vanilla

3 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp mace

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup sour cream

4 oz citron

4 oz lemon glace

8 oz red cherry glace, chopped if whole

8 oz green cherry glace, chopped if whole

4 oz currants

8 oz golden raisins

Pre-heat oven to 350F (temperature may vary depending on oven) Prepare loaf pans (you can make large or small loaves, just only fill pans 3/4 up with batter) by spraying with non-stick spray. We used 6, 6” x 2 1/2” pans for this recipe.

Cream butter and sugar together, in mixer with paddle attachment. Once butter is lightened and fluffy, add eggs one at a time, scraping bowl well between each addition. Add vanilla.

Sift flour, baking powder, salt and spices

together. Stir the milk and sour cream together.

Alternately add the flour and milk to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour.

Fold in fruits. Bake until golden brown (about an hour) and set in center (an inserted skewer or knife should have a few moist crumbs, but no raw batter).