Jamaican Christmas Fruit Cake

There are many Jamaican Christmas traditions that I love, but one that I just can’t live without is the Jamaican Fruit Cake. This fruit cake is a dense cake filled with mixed fruits, currants and a lot of alcohol. I bake this fruit cake every year, when you smell this rich cake, you know it is Christmas.

This fruit cake is best served with Sorrel, it is a combination that is truly Jamaican. You however can serve it with Hot Cocoa, coffee, or any other beverage you desire.

This is a recipe is live and die by, it always produce excellent results. Go ahead, try it, it will become one of your Christmas traditions:

Ingredients

1 lb. Butter
3/4 lb. dark Sugar
10 Eggs
1 teaspoon Almond Essence
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 teaspoon Rose Water (Optional)
1 lb. Flour
3 teaspoons Baking Powder
2 tablespoons Mixed Spice (NOT Allspice!)
2 tablespoons Cinnamon
Browning (Optional)
Sherry

Fruits

2 lbs. Raisins
1/2 lb. Prunes
1/2 lb. Dates
1 lb. Mixed Fruit
Red Wine to soak fruits
6 tablespoons Jamaican white rum

1/2 lb. Cherries – You can choose whether or not to soak the cherries. If you want the cherries to add color to your cake, do not soak, add at the time of baking.

Soak fruits in advance for as long as possible (up to a year) to give the cake more texture and body. But if you need it quickly, you can still get a nice cake the same day that it is soaked!

 Method

Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Line the sides and bottom of two 9″ baking pans with a double layer of greaseproof paper and set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs 2 at the time creaming after each addition. After adding the eggs, you will have to move the butter, sugar and egg mixture to a larger bowl and prepare to manually do the balance of the recipe by hand.
  • Add vanilla and almond essence to the butter and sugar mixture.
  • If you use browning, pour a very small amount in mixture and stir. Note: Be very careful with browning! It makes your cake too dark!
  • Add baking powder, mixed spice and cinnamon to the flour.
  • Pour butter and egg mixture in a larger bowl.
  • Add flour mixture to butter mixture by folding it in.
  • Continuously add flour mixture to butter mixture.
  • Grind soaked fruits with a blender or food processor, add to flour/egg mixture and thoroughly fold it in.
  • Add cut-up cherries to mixture. Leave a few cherries for decorating top of cake.
  • Pour mixture in the 2 lined 9″ baking pans.
  • Bake in pre-heated oven until done. Use a knife to test readiness, etc. The knife should come out clean.
  • Stick cakes all over with a toothpick. Sprinkle sherry or wine over hot baked cakes.

This cake is very versatile, it can be iced with a simple vanilla icing, cream cheese icing or any other icing you desire.

 Hope you enjoyed  🙂

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Tis Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!

It is officially December, so that means, no work for some days, fruit cake, Christmas decorations, merry making, wine drinking and family loving! I love this season, it is by far, the best season of the year. I am not a serial merry maker, you know like those people who start playing carols from October (Oneka!) and go over the top with decorations and gift giving etc… I can’t stand those people, like chill already, we all love Christmas…relax!….

When the season begins, you feel it in the air, the time just changes, it looks prettier and for some reason, you feel happier with a heightened sense of community and kindness. People start painting their houses, bushes and shrubs get fresh pruning, commercial buildings become overrun with lights and garlands, it’s like they went to the store, bought all the decorations they had and hung all of them at once!…it’s ridiculous!…People become overzealous and start shopping like crazy, stores become cunning and hike their prices, people suddenly realize that they must buy everything they lay their eyes on!

In Jamaica, Christmas is the best. We make Sorrel, the most delicious drink you could have; fruit cake that is laced with wine, one slice equates to a glass of wine (at least my fruit cake 🙂 ); Grand Market which is the day before Christmas. Grand Market is a big shopping, wears pedaling, and fun-having day. Town centers are blocked off to all traffic, people dress to the nine, stay out till wee hours of the morning, walk up and down buying food and trinkets for kids. It’s a day to chill and have fun with your friends and family.

…As crazy and over the top as is all sounds, without the fuss and overindulgence, Christmas would be just as lame as Easter (not taking away from the meaning), it wouldn’t  be as magical, special and exciting as it is…

…So what are your plans for Christmas?

😀