Trinidad Black Fruit Cake

Trinidad Black Fruit Cake

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Trinidad Black Fruit Cake

  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup dried currants
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup pitted dried prunes
  • 1/3 cup mixed peel/fruit cake mix
  • 1/3 cup maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1 cup cherry liqueur or cherry brandy
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cardamom
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • About 1/4 cup or more of browning (you can make your own). The batter should be a dark brown color.
  • Additional cherry liqueur and rum for soaking the cake after baking.



  1. Soak the fruits in rum and cherry liqueur for a few hours, days or weeks before making the cake. Soaking helps to soften the fruits.When you’re ready to make the cake, puree the fruit mixture in a food processor until smooth. Measure 2 cups of the pureed fruit mixture and set aside.
  2. Ensure that the eggs and butter are room temperature.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs along with the lemon zest, vanilla extract, orange extract, and almond extract.
  5. In another bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and baking powder.
  6. Gradually add the egg mixture to the butter and sugar, mixing well until combined. Add the fruit mixture and mix to combine. Gradually add the flour mixture until well incorporated. Be careful not to over-mix. Lastly, add the browning and combine.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and transfer the batter. This recipe makes one 9 inch round cake, two smaller 7-8″ cakes, or 15-20 cupcakes.Bake for 1 hour, then lower the oven temperature to 280 and continue baking for another 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. If baking cupcakes, be sure to use cupcake liners in your pans, and preheat the oven to 280 F. Bake for around 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Remove the cake from the oven and pour some rum and cherry liqueur mixture over it. Only add a few tablespoons at a time, and allow the alcohol to fully be absorbed before adding more.

Store the cake in an airtight container. Additional alcohol can be poured over it every few days.

  • Author: Trini Plate
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: British

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