Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe / Rum Fruit Cake Recipe / Kerala Plum Cake Recipe

Even though i have three variation of plum cake recipe in my blog. My viewers have been asking for the traditional fruit cake which has rum in it. So i decided to bake it this year and share it. I made it couple days back and i am telling you it turned out to be super yummy and loved it to the core.

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When i baked this, the house was filled with the aroma of the rich dry fruits and it was totally heavenly. Loved it so much i couldn't resist smelling it. I soaked the dry fruits for 2 days, by which time the fruits soaked up the rum and was beautifully soft and plumped up.

These many days i thought that the plum cake which is sold in shops has cocoa powder in it from the dark colour. But recently i discovered that the colour comes from the dark caramel and not from the cocoa.Making the caramel is crucial, because it can get burned quite easily and the cake colour depends on it.

I didn't add any nuts in this cake, but you can add any nuts of your choice. Just add it along with the dry fruits and soak it together. I added 1 cup of dark rum, you can increase it or decrease as you like. If you dont want to use rum, just soak the dry fruits in orange juice.You can even pour hot water over it and leave it for 30 mins then use that as well. This way you can make this instantly.

This cake was so yummy and soft. Hope you will try this out and let me know how it turns out..

Preparation Time : 30 mins
Baking Time : 40 to 45 mins
Makes : two 15 cm round cake


All Purpose Flour / Maida - 2 cup / 240 grams
Sugar - 1 1/4 cup / 250 grams
Soft Unsalted Butter - 250 grams
Eggs - 5
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Dry Ginger Powder / Chukku Podi - 1 tsp 
Cinnamon Powder / Pattai Podi - 1 tsp
Cloves Powder / Krambu Podi - 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cardamom Powder / Yelakai Podi - 1 tsp
Vanilla Essence - 2 tsp

For Caramel:
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/4 cup

For Soaking:
Dates - 1 cup chopped finely
Apricot - 1/2 cup chopped finely
Prunes - 1/2 cup chopped finely
Cherries - 1/2 cup chopped finely
Kishmish / Sultanas -1/2 cup 
Raisans / Black Currants - 1 cup
Nuts - 1 cup chopped finely (cashew, walnuts, almonds, pista)
Dark Rum - 1 cup
All Purpose Flour / Maida - 2 tblspn for tossing dry fruits


Preheat oven to 180 degree C.

Start by soaking dry fruits in rum for a day. I did it for 2 days. By this time the fruits will absorb the rum completely.

Take two baking pan and line it with parchment paper, butter the sides and bottom of the pan and set aside.

Take sugar in a sauce pan and heat it on low heat. Now it will start to crystalize. Keep stiring and it will slowly start to melt. Keep heating on low heat till it gets nice dark colour. Now take it off the heat and add in water and heat till the sugar dissolves again. Set aside to cool.

Take dry fruits in a bowl and toss it with 2 tblspn of flour. Set aside.

Sieve flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spice powders and set aside.

Take butter, sugar, vanilla in a bowl and beat using a electric beater till it is creamy.

Add in 2 eggs first and beat till creamy. Add 3 eggs and beat again till creamy.

Now add in half of the flour mix and half of the caramel. Fold gently.

Now add remaining flour and remaining caramel and fold again.

Add in dry fruit mix and fold gently.

POur this in the prepared pan and bake for 40 to 45 mins.

Remove it and let it cool. Now invert it and peel off the parchment.

Slice and serve.

Take all your dry fruits

chop them up finely

take it in a bowl

Pour in some rum

Toss well and soak it for a day..I soaked it for 2 days

Now it is soaked

Take your other ingredients

line two tins with parchment and
butter it on the sides and bottom
Take sugar in a sauce pan

heat it on low to medium will slowly start to crystalize

keep cooking..the sugar will start to melt

now it has started getting little colour

Now it has reached the perfect colour

take it off the stove and add water in it..First the syrup will crystalize, when you keep heating it will melt again 

mix caramel syrup is done

take the soaked dry fruits in a bowl

Add 2 tblspn of flour to it

toss well and set aside

Sieve flour

along with baking soda

and baking powder

add salt

sieve the whole thing

Add in all the spice powders
Take butter in a bowl

Add in sugar


use a beater to cream this up
now it is well creamed

Start adding eggs..first add two eggs

cream it up

Crack open three eggs

beat them up

Now add in half of the flour mix

half of the caramel

fold well

add in remaining flour mix

pour the remaining caramel

fold well

add in dry fruits

Fold well

Pour this into the prepared pan

smooth it up

Bake it..It will look a little dark on top, but no issue..

once it is cooled a little, invert it

peel off the paper

slice and serve

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