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This Jamaican fruit cake recipe is a dark, rich cake for wine and fruit lovers! I use this fruitcake recipe for Christmas and birthdays. I prefer to use Jamaican Red Label Wine and white rum but you can use your favorites.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr 30 mins
1 hr 50 mins
2 9-inch round cakes


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

  • Place butter and sugar in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs; add rum, lime juice, almond extract, vanilla, and lime zest. Stir in dried fruit, wine, and molasses.

  • Sift flour, baking powder, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl; gently fold into fruit mixture. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.

  • Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 80 to 90 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.


For even better results, you can soak dried fruit in wine for at least 3 weeks, or boil the fruit in the wine.

Use a combination of raisins, currants, golden raisins, prunes, dried cherries, or any dried fruit of your preference.

Additional wine or rum can be brushed onto the cake as needed to keep it moist.

Nutrition Facts

598 calories; protein 3.7g; carbohydrates 92.8g; fat 23.5g; cholesterol 61mg; sodium 284mg. Full Nutrition