Jamaican Christmas Fruit Cake (Jamaica)




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Jamaican Christmas Fruit Cake

Published Dec 1, 2002
Jamaican Christmas Fruit Cake


A Jamaican Christmas celebration is not complete without traditional Jamaican Christmas Fruit cake. It has been a favored gift amongst Jamaicans during the Christmas season. This dark and spongy cake is a labor of love that is rich in flavors from rum soaked fruits. It is very popular during Christmas time and is most often served with sorrel. Also known as Black Cake or Christmas Cake.


  • 6 ounces or 1.5 cup flour
  • 8 ounces margarine or butter
  • 8 ounces sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 pound raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces mixed peel
  • 4 ounces cherries
  • 1/2 pound prunes (chopped)
  • 1 cup wine/brandy
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • finely grated rind of 1 lime/lemon
  • 2 tablespoons browning (or burnt brown sugar)

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  1. Cream butter, sugar and browning until soft and fluffy.
  2. Sieve all dry ingredients together
  3. Beat eggs, wine/brandy together.
  4. Add egg mixture to creamed butter and sugar.
  5. Add fruits.
  6. Add flour and fold in. Do no over-beat when mixing.
  7. Bake at 350F for 1 1/2 hours.
  8. Yield: 9' round cake.
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Jill Bell
Nov 17, 2010 2:39am [ 1 ]

This recipe sounds great wanted to try a different Christmas cake recipe this year so here goes ,i'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for recipe.

Dec 11, 2010 11:36am [ 2 ]

I tried this recipe and it was awesome.

Dec 12, 2010 1:48pm [ 3 ]

Thanks for recipe....sounds excellent! Still have some fruits soaking fr. last year. I have about 10 cakes to bake. Merry Christmas.

lais saleh
Dec 13, 2010 8:42am [ 4 ]

I would love to buy the Jamaican Christmas cake. Where can i find a Jamaica store in Atlanta,Ga?

Moya Baston
Dec 15, 2010 2:50am [ 5 ]

As I don't live in Jamaica and because I want to feel at home, I appreciate the Christmas Cake recipe....

If I follow the recipe as it is laid out, will my outcome look like the cake photo shown above?

There was no mention about the marzipan. How is that applied?

One Love, Moya Baston

Dec 16, 2010 8:17pm [ 6 ]

thanks for the black cake recipe... i have six cake to bake tonight i hope them come out good ...merry christmas happy new year god bless

Dec 17, 2010 6:04pm [ 7 ]

Thanks for the recipe. I've gotten recipes from friends and my cake never turns out the way my mom makes it. Hopefully this recipe will do the trick. Thanks again.

Jan 8, 2011 1:15pm [ 8 ]

i tryed it and it turned out great, thank you for taking the time for other people to enjoy you recipe. cereena

Jan 17, 2011 4:39pm [ 9 ]

Hope this works

Feb 21, 2011 1:57pm [ 10 ]

I try this cake , came out perfect.

Mar 2, 2011 9:18am [ 11 ]

Thanks!! i lke the idea of mixing the wine with the eggs that might make a big difference. I have been baking and trying to master the recipe everytime my cake comes out different good but not the same. I cant wait to try this recipe, Thanks for sharing!!!!

Patrice Davis
Jun 25, 2011 11:09pm [ 12 ]

This recipe is the bomb(great), its really, really good I love the outcome, you can try it too.

Oct 10, 2011 10:17am [ 13 ]

just thought I would try to bake the fruit cake or black cake for the first time lets see how it comes out

Dec 16, 2011 8:45pm [ 14 ]

i will try this recepie..when ever i pept the the heat at 350 my cake burn..i got to turn it down 275 after 2 hr.......next y is it my care always crack

Cyril Rhoden
Dec 17, 2011 6:58am [ 15 ]

Look forward to using this recipe. Thank you

Jan 28, 2013 1:32pm [ 16 ]

The recipe looks interesting, but i think since we are in the Caribbean where there is so many fresh local fruit such as; bananas, plum, mangoes, and so on. Just maybe we should try to be economical by using what we have here.

Dec 14, 2013 8:52am [ 17 ]

Thanks for the recepie i will try in this year.

davion osbourne
Dec 28, 2013 2:40pm [ 18 ]

i love cake and its delicious

Dec 14, 2014 5:42pm [ 19 ]

I have just tried this recipe and really happy with it especially as its my first go making a rum/black cake. Thanx for the recipe ;0)

Dec 21, 2014 7:15pm [ 20 ]

Great recipe... thanks

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