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Simple and Tasty Rum Fruit Cake Recipe for Mother’s Day

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Brian loves food and enjoys exploring various cuisines. He is a keen experimenter in the kitchen and finds cooking therapeutic.

Decadent Rum Fruit Cake

Rum Fruit cake made with mixed fruits laced with Captain Morgan Rum

Rum Fruit cake made with mixed fruits laced with Captain Morgan Rum

The Cake for Happy Occasions

As the name implies, fruit cake is basically a cake made with spices and dried fruits, which are sometimes candied or soaked in spirits. There are certain recipes which may include nuts for an added crunch to give it some texture.

It is typical for fruit cake to be served during festive celebration such as on Christmas Day. Some also favor the sweet treat as a feature during weddings and during celebration of special occasions. This Mother’s Day was an excuse for me to actually indulge on this rich and decadent dessert, which led to this bake off at home.

Icing on the Cake or Not?

As the name implies, fruit cake is basically a cake made with spices and dried fruits, which are sometimes candied or soaked in spirits. There are certain recipes which may include nuts for an added crunch to give it some texture.

It is typical for fruit cake to be served during festive celebration such as on Christmas Day. Some also favor the sweet treat as a feature during weddings and during celebration of special occasions. This Mother’s Day was an excuse for me to actually indulge on this rich and decadent dessert, which led to this bake off at home.

Baker's Tricks

1. To reduce the sweetness of the mixed fruits and enhance the boozy effect, soak it in rum 24 hours before using it

2. For an amazing flavor and to keep your cake moist for a longer period, practice ‘feeding’ leftover cake with rum every two days once

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

1 hour

1 hour 20 min

10 - 15 pax

Ingredients

Key Ingredient:

  • 450 gm rum-soaked mixed fruits

Dry Ingredients:

  • 200 gm brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder (Alternative: Mixed spices)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 200 gm all purpose flour

Wet ingredients:

  • 250 ml water
  • 2 eggs (Vegan alternative: ½ cup applesauce), whole
  • 100 gm butter (Vegan alternative: 100 ml virgin coconut oil)

Optional Toppings:

  • A handful pecan nuts (Alternative: Almond slivers)

Cooking Instructions

  1. Prep your cake tin first by lining it with baking paper. Lightly grease the paper with butter or coconut oil. Subsequently, preheat the oven to 160°C for about 15 mins.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients (except the flour) together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Pour the rum soaked mixed fruits into the bowl and stir.
  4. Add in the butter and two eggs to the mixture and continue stirring.
  5. Slowly add in the water and stir until all the ingredients have blended well.
  6. Sieve the flour gently into the wet mixture and stir well to avoid clumps.
  7. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and use a spatula to flatten the top.
  8. Decorate the top with pecan nuts or any nuts of your liking.
  9. Pop the mixture into the pre-heated oven and allow it to slow-bake for an hour.
  10. Once the cake is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest.
  11. While the cake is resting, you may ‘feed’ it with some more rum to add flavor to it.
  12. Slice and serve the cake.

Dry Ingredients

Blue Key All Purpose Flour

Blue Key All Purpose Flour

McCormick Cinnamon Powder

McCormick Cinnamon Powder

Soft Brown Sugar - Healthier alternative to white sugar

Soft Brown Sugar - Healthier alternative to white sugar

Wet ingredients

Free-range chicken egg

Free-range chicken egg

Mixture of mixed fruits, egg, water, butter, sugar, salt, cinnamon powder, and baking soda

Mixture of mixed fruits, egg, water, butter, sugar, salt, cinnamon powder, and baking soda

Wet mixture with flour added

Wet mixture with flour added

The Worthwhile Wait

The cake is baked in an oven set at 160°C for an hour

The cake is baked in an oven set at 160°C for an hour

The Finished Product

The golden brown yummy looking cake

The golden brown yummy looking cake

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Brian

Comments

Brian (author) from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on May 11, 2021:

You're most welcome, Linda! It is indeed delicious! A sinful pleasure I'd say, especially with the cup of hot buttered rum.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 10, 2021:

A rum-infused cake sounds delicious! A drink of hot buttered rum does as well. Thank you for sharing the recipe and your ideas.

Brian (author) from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on May 10, 2021:

You are right, MG Singh emge! I was salivating when I first laid eyes on it. The aroma itself made me want to pounce on it when we took it out of the oven.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on May 10, 2021:

This looks like a very appetizing dish and it would be fun to eat it.

Brian (author) from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on May 09, 2021:

Yes, Liz! It is indeed a tasty recipe. Well, I'm not a fan of indulging too much in rich desserts, but, this one totally trapped me though. My missus had to ration the cake for fear I over indulge on it on my own. Well, jokes aside, it is a treat worth every single bite.

Brian (author) from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on May 09, 2021:

Thank you, Louise Powles! It's tastes fantastic with the hot buttered rum. It's so simple and easy to make. Well, my friend said it's too much alcohol in one seating. Well, having it with plain milk works well too.

Brian (author) from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on May 09, 2021:

Thank you for the compliment, Peg Cole! It tastes delicious too and it's easy to make.

Brian (author) from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on May 09, 2021:

Thank you, Peggy W!

Yes, indeed. It tastes as delicious as it sounds and highly addictive too. My guilty pleasure is to have a slice as dessert after dinner. You're right in saying that it's a treat for any time of the year.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2021:

Your rum fruit cake recipe sounds delicious. No reason it cannot be a year-round treat!

Liz Westwood from UK on May 09, 2021:

This sounds like a great tasty recipe. It has made me realise that alcohol-infused fruit cakes are good to eat at any time of the year.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on May 09, 2021:

That looks lovely. I like the sound of the hot buttered rum too. I've never tried that before.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on May 09, 2021:

That really looks delicious! What a great idea.

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