You don’t need to have tried a fruitcake to know that it is often an abomination of taste and texture. It was, after all, immortalized in Johnny Carson’s famous joke that there is really only one fruitcake in the world, and people just keep regifting it. But times are changing, says The Washington Post. 

Recipes from chefs and bakers like Lisa Yokelson are giving the maligned holiday cake a makeover. If you balance the flavor well and use quality ingredients, the fruitcake can become a gift that anyone would gladly receive. Here are some standout examples:

[via The Washington Post]