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Fruit Cake Recipe | Kerala Plum Cake | Rum Fruit Cake

Delicious fruit cake made the traditional way with the addition of caramel and dark rum. This fruit cake turned out soft christmas fruit cake.
4.41 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 10 servings
Calories 500 kcal


  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour / Maida
  • cup Sugar
  • 250 grams Soft Unsalted Butter
  • 5 Large Eggs
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Dry Ginger Powder / Chukku Podi
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder / Pattai Podi
  • Cloves Powder / Krambu Podi
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg Powder
  • 1 tsp Cardamom Powder / Yelakai Podi
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • For Caramel:
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ¼ cup Water
  • For Soaking:
  • 1 cup Dates chopped finely
  • ½ cup Apricot chopped finely
  • ½ cup Prunes chopped finely
  • ½ cup Cherries chopped finely
  • ½ cup Kishmish / Sultanas
  • 1 cup Raisans / Black Currants
  • 1 cup Nuts chopped finely cashew, walnuts, almonds, pista
  • 1 cup Dark Rum
  • 2 tbsp All Purpose Flour / Maida 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.


Nutrition Facts
Fruit Cake Recipe | Kerala Plum Cake | Rum Fruit Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 500 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 147mg49%
Sodium 253mg11%
Potassium 70mg2%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 760IU15%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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