Alas, another popular Christmas cake! This is my mom's favorite cake during Christmas time. I call this a West Indian fruit cake because to my knowledge, it is only in the West Indies that this cake is made this way. Now, this is no ordinary fruit cake. If you are looking for a recipe that has whole pieces of fruit and nut in it, then I sincerely apologize, because this is not the recipe for you! However, if you are looking for a fruit cake recipe that has a moist, dense texture, with minced fruit that has been soaking in red wine for God knows how long, then you have come to the right place.
Prepare to Soak the Dried Fruits in Red Wine
Okay I know this picture doesn't look appetizing, but it is what it is, dried fruits in wine.
- 1 lb raisins
- 1 lb prunes
- 1 lb currants
- lemon, lime, orange zest (optional)
- 1 750ml bottle of port wine
- 1 lb butter
- 1 lb sugar
- 1 lb flour
- 9 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp nutmeg (add 1tsp if you like a lot of nutmegs)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 lemon, zested
- 3 ½ cups of blended fruit mixture
Directions For the mixed fruit:
- Empty all the dried fruits into a bowl and rinse then dry with paper towels.
- A little at a time, add fruit and wine to a blender until it has blended into big chunks. You do not want a puree here! You can also do this in a food processor, just be sure to blend the fruits slightly.
- Pour fruit mixture into a large container and let it soak for at minimum 3-4 weeks to one year.
For the cake batter:
- Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs a few at a time.
- Add 3 ½ cups of the fruit mixture, the vanilla and lemon zest (and whatever other zests you would like to use). Mix together.
- Sift all dry ingredients together and add to the batter a little at a time.
- Your spatula or a small spoon should be able to stand up in the batter, this is how you will know it is ready.
- Pour into a 9 in a square pan, and bake for 55 minutes at 300 degrees. You can check the cake after 40 minutes. The toothpick should come out clean.
- Keep checking the cake after 40 min and in 10-minute increments thereafter.
- This cake is a very moist and wet cake, it is not supposed to be dry, if your cake comes out dry then you have over baked it.
- Let the cake cool completely before cutting and tasting, tasting it hot will mislead you to the actual taste.
the cake was cut up and ready to put into treat bags!
West Indian Christmas Fruit Cake
Have a Merry Christmas!!