Jamaican Christmas Cake

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This ethnic recipe is a great example of how others make there Christmas holiday desserts special. If you are looking to try a new dessert this Christmas, you must give this recipe a try.


  • 2 pounds rasins
  • 1/2 pound prunes
  • 1/2 pound dates
  • red wine to soak fruit
  • 6 tablespoons Jamaican white rum
  • 1/2 pound cherries, do not soak with other fruits
  • Fruits:
  • 1 pound butter
  • 3/4 pound dark brown sugar
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pound flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons mixed spice (NOT allspice!)
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • sherry
  • Cake:


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Grind rasins, prunes and dates, reserving 1/2 pound raisins, and soak in wine and rum.
  3. Add the raisins that was not ground.
  4. Chop 1/2 pound of cherries and set aside.
  5. Line the sides and bottom of two 9" baking pans with a double layer of greaseproof paper and set aside.
  6. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  7. Add eggs 2 at a time, creaming after each addition.
  8. After adding the eggs, move the mixture to a larger bowl and prepare to manually do the balance of the recipe by hand.
  9. Add baking powder, mixed spice and cinnamon to the flour.
  10. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture by folding it in.
  11. Continuously add flour mixture to butter mixture.
  12. Add soaked fruits to flour/egg mixture and thoroughly fold it in.
  13. Add cut-up cherries to mixture, leave a few cherries for decorating top of cake.
  14. Pour mixture in the 2 lined 9" baking pans.
  15. Bake in preheated oven until done, using a toothpick to check.
  16. Stick cakes all over with a toothpick and sprinkle sherry over hot baked cakes.