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Best Rum Fruit Cake Recipe Ever

Updated on February 28, 2017
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I love this Rum Fruitcake Recipe and look forward to its delightful taste and satisfying yummy pleasure each and every year.

The Perfect Christmas Holiday Dessert

Best Rum Fruit Cake Recipe Ever For The Holidays
Best Rum Fruit Cake Recipe Ever For The Holidays | Source

Simply The Best Dessert Cakes Recipe Ever

What is the best rum fruit cake recipe ever? I believe I have that fruit cake recipe perfected for you to make for more Christmas holiday cheer. The recipe is for moist fruit cakes that are flavorful and colorful fruit desserts, that pack a little punch from the rum alcohol ingredient.

I bake up a batch of fruit cakes to decorate green fruit cake deserts for St. Patrick's Day and St. Urho's Day holidays. Fruit cakes are awesome to have on hand for birthdays and other special occasions. People even use fruit cakes for wedding cakes and they are a lovely treat for a wedding anniversary.

I have some very colorful and fancy fruit cakes photos to see below.

Fruit cakes are not just for Christmas. They are special treats for any day.

Ingredients and Instructions

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Prep and Cook Time

Prep time: 48 hours
Cook time: 1 hour 45 min
Ready in: 49 hours 45 min
Yields: 10 Small Loafs
  • Prep time will vary depending on how long you decide to soak the fruit in rum.
  • Cook time will vary depending on the size of baking pans you use.

Ingredients For Recipe
Ingredients For Recipe | Source

Fruit Cake Ingredients

  • 16 Oz Pitted dates
  • 32 Oz Candied red whole cherries
  • 24 Oz Candied green whole cherries
  • 24 Oz Candied pineapple
  • 16 Oz Pecans, Optional nuts you choose
  • 3 Cups Apple sauce
  • 1 Cup Coconut oil, Or, 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 Cups White sugar, Or, raw sugar
  • 4 1/2 Cups All purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Teaspoons Baking soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Allspice
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Vanilla
  • 2 3/4 Cups Coconut rum, To taste
  • 1 1/2 Cups Brandy, To taste

A Note About Sugar, Eggs, and Fruit

  • Sugar: The sugar ingredient for the rum fruit cakes can be your personal choice: white sugar (refined) vs raw sugar (unrefined). I prefer to use raw sugar in my original recipes because it is a healthier choice than white sugar. I have used both, and these cakes turned out tasting yummy good with either sugar ingredient.
  • Eggs: This recipe contains no eggs, and if you use coconut oil rather than butter, you will have a delicious recipe that is healthier.
  • Fruit: Remember to reserve fruit and nuts for the toppings or just use extra ingredients of your choosing and personal taste. Knowing what loved ones think is your best fruit cake recipe ever is important when it comes to celebrating the Christmas holidays.

Fruit Cake Instructions

  1. Soak the fruit (the dates, cherries [red and green], and pineapple) in 2 cups of coconut rum for 24-48 hours or more covered, stirring occasionally. I eat an ounce or two during the soaking to see if it is done! I generally add lots of fruits to the recipe, because it looks so yummy and tastes delicious.
  2. Combine: 3 cups boiling applesauce, 1 cup coconut oil (or 1 cup butter optional), and 1 ½ cup sugar (or use raw cane sugar).
  3. Pour applesauce over sugar & butter (or coconut oil, whichever you used). Blend together well.
  4. Add 4 ½ cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 4 teaspoons baking soda, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons vanilla to your applesauce/butter mixture.
  5. Toss in the fruit and (reserve cherries and about 50 pecans for toppings).
  6. Fill 10 small, buttered loaf pans. Use parchment paper liners in the bottoms for easy removal.
  7. Top with one cherry in the center and five pecans for flower petals (optional). Or cover cakes with fruit. Cut them in half and place them cut side down to make the fruit stretch further.
  8. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Do the toothpick poke, and if it comes out clean, they are done. Miniature loaves will take less time than larger loafs.
  9. (Optional) Cool loaves in the pans, then drizzle 2-3 tbsp coconut rum on tops, cover, and allow to rest several hours or overnight until the loaves absorb the rum. Repeat up to 1-4 times over a week's time.
  10. (Optional) Remove cakes from pans. Wrap each loaf with brandy soaked cheesecloth (then, tightly wrap with plastic cling wrap and then in aluminum foil). You can use more coconut rum for the cheesecloth.
  11. (Optional) Wrap (or use brandy). Wait 2 weeks or longer for the cakes to mellow. The fruit cakes taste better with age when the tannins are released from the fruits.

Decorative Fruit Cake Desserts

Colorful and Delicious Fruity Desserts
Colorful and Delicious Fruity Desserts | Source

White vs Raw Sugar

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Getting Fancy With Rum Fruit Cakes

Bundt Pan Fancy Rum Fruit Cake
Bundt Pan Fancy Rum Fruit Cake | Source

Best Rum Fruit Cake Recipe Of The Year

I made a candied cherries puree with a Smart Stick Blender. I put the puree in a bundt pan first for a fancy topping for the Best Rum Fruit Cake Recipe of the year. The end result was this stunningly beautiful fancy fruit cake for Mom's Christmas gift.

Admiral Nelson's Cherry Spiced Rum and Rondiaz Coconut Rum

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For my last batches of rum fruit cakes, I used some Admiral Nelson's Cherry Spiced Rum and some Rondiaz Coconut Rum for the rum ingredients in the recipe. The candied cherries and other fruits are delicious soaking in the spiced cherry rum.

You can use the rum you have on hand, or purchase the brand of rum that you want to use. You might want to experiment from year to year to find the rum you love best in the recipe.

Do not be afraid to experiment because the options are many with rum and brandy.

Helpful Cooking Utensils

Mini Baking Pans

Wilton 3 Piece Mini Loaf Pan Set, 2105-1425
Wilton 3 Piece Mini Loaf Pan Set, 2105-1425

I like using the mini loaf pans for creating small desserts that I can give as gifts to family and friends for the Christmas holidays. They are lovely treats to give as any special occasion gift as well, and I have done that very thing. The fruit cakes are always received as yummy delights by people who have tasted their pleasures in years before. These pans for great for baking other cakes and breads too. They get used in my kitchen for many different recipes.


Candied Red Cherries Hearts Dessert Cakes For Valentines Day

Heart Shaped Fruit Cakes For Valentines Day
Heart Shaped Fruit Cakes For Valentines Day | Source

Heart Shaped Mini Muffin Pans

Wilton 2105-4909 Easy Flex Heart 24-Cavity Silicone Mold
Wilton 2105-4909 Easy Flex Heart 24-Cavity Silicone Mold

Also, I bake up a few batches of fruit cakes and decorate red heart shaped fruit cakes for Valentines Day that I bake in heart shaped mini muffin pans. They are nice to wrap and hand out to friends and family as treats.

If you haven't used silicone baking pans before, I want to let you know that you will need to use a little more caution when handling the pans from a hot oven. Because, the pan are flexible, unlike regular metal baking pans are. So, use both hands when removing the pans from the oven for sure, and take a little more care when placing the pans in an oven.

I like these flexible heart shaped pans because my fruit cakes slip right out of them with ease, and they are so very easy to clean. Nothing sticks to them!


Colorful porcelain Ramekin sets make prefect individual serving sized at home for you and your guests. You can see the set of three used in the photo above.

Mini Ramekins

Oxford Porcelain Ramekin- Assorted Colors- Set of 6- 3.5 Oz Each
Oxford Porcelain Ramekin- Assorted Colors- Set of 6- 3.5 Oz Each

Mini Ramekins are a great invention for baking so many wonderful single serving size desserts and even main course meals in. There is a wonderful variety of colors to choose from to add a bright colorful decorator's touch to the dinner table while entertainingly presenting recipes to family and dinner gusts. Dessert cups work at my table very well, and the tops can be decorated with your owe personal touch.


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Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe With Rum

Paradise Cherry Pineapple Mix

Paradise Cherry Pineapple Mix
Paradise Cherry Pineapple Mix
Paradise Cherry Pineapple Mix, Whole Cherry, Wedged, 10 Pound Tub
Paradise Cherry Pineapple Mix, Whole Cherry, Wedged, 10 Pound Tub

I generally make two batches of my delicious Rum Fruit Cake and have found the Paradise Cherry Pineapple Mix 10 Pound Tub to be perfect for my needs. It contains both whole red and green cherries and wedged pineapple in three colors, natural, pink, and green.

I start with half a tub, or five pounds and get that fruit soaking in my rum for a day or three. Then a week or so later, after the first batch of Rum Fruit Cake is done and wrapped, I start the other five pounds to soak in rum.


About Me

There was a sweet elderly lady who shared her secret fruit cake recipe. I was not a fruit cake fan but when I tasted her recipe, I became an instant fan. Over the years adjustments in ingredients have been made to my personal liking. I hope that you will enjoy the recipe and put some smiles on your loved ones faces. It is simply MARVELOUS!

© 2015 Susie Lehto


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      Susie Lehto 6 months ago from Minnesota

      Au fait, I hope your holidays were lots of fun and filled with lots of love and traditional things you enjoy. Thanks for coming by. I still have a couple loafs of fruit cake left-over from Christmas. We are celebrating Mom's 90th birthday with an upside down pineapple fruitcake. - Kudos!

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      C E Clark 7 months ago from North Texas

      Thought I would revisit this as it is so festive looking and I'm sure tastes delicious too. Christmas is just 3 weeks away and this would make a lovely addition to a get-together.

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      Susie Lehto 8 months ago from Minnesota

      Peggy, thank you for sharing my fruit cake recipe hub. Much appreciated. Oh yes, tis' the season coming once again to enjoy homemade goodness. - Kudos!

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      Peggy Woods 9 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      This is a perfect time of year to be sharing your hub with others who may wish to make your rum fruit cakes for gift giving purposes. Already pinned but will give it a tweet and share once again on HP. Thanks for letting me know about problems with my snowman hub. Hopefully now fixed! :)

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      Susie Lehto 9 months ago from Minnesota

      Patrica, I really to love this fruit cake recipe, and look forward to enjoying it every year. Other fruit cakes I have tried just do not compare, but then I have been a fan so haven't tried all that many others. - Kudos!

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      Patricia Scott 9 months ago from sunny Florida

      Honestly I am not a huge fan of fruit cake but have had one or two that were very good. This one sounds like it might be a new one to give a try....Angels are once again on the way to you ps

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      Susie Lehto 14 months ago from Minnesota

      Hi, ChitrangadaSharan!

      Good to see you again and I am glad that you are delighted with the fruit cake recipe. - Thank you so much for stopping by with your report.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 15 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Came back to read this hub another time as I was going to try it this Sunday.

      Completely delighted with the results.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Susie Lehto 17 months ago from Minnesota

      Au fait, its the best I have had in the fruit cake line, and I truly do means that. Thanks for visiting! - Kudos!

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      C E Clark 17 months ago from North Texas

      This looks really delicious! I've only had a couple of fruitcakes in my life that I really liked. The ingredients for this one look great!

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      Susie Lehto 17 months ago from Minnesota

      Mom had a slice of fruit cake with whip cream for desert tonight. She loves it and like special treats. I had a bite. Thanks, Sandy!

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      Sandy Mertens 18 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Been here before but nice to consider if I would like to make it. Does look good.

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      Susie Lehto 19 months ago from Minnesota

      Mary, thank you for coming made my Holiday Season Brighter! Enjoy the recipe and a Merry Christmas to you.

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      Susie Lehto 19 months ago from Minnesota

      Peggy, it is very nice to have you visit. I think of you from time to time and your highly educational hubs. Its a wonderful fruitcake recipe that I do enjoy giving as gifts all year through. - Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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      Mary Norton 19 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I will have to keep this recipe and practice first before I do this for next Christmas. I love fruit cake myself and I used to get gifts of these so I never had to make them. But I do want to learn how and your recipe is just what I need.

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      Peggy Woods 20 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I would never have thought of making Valentine's Day gifts of fruitcake & using it other than around Christmas. Your photos are so beautiful. Usually I make cookies and/or sweet breads to give away as gifts but might have to consider trying this recipe of yours someday. Will pin it to my cakes and sweet breads board so that I can locate it easily. Thanks!

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      Susie Lehto 20 months ago from Minnesota

      Jackie, thank you for stopping by to see the recipe. I love this desert. Gee, Christmas is just around the corner once again. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. - Kudos!

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      Jackie Lynnley 20 months ago from The Beautiful South

      This looks and sounds so delicious! It has been years since I have had fruit cake and of course there is none good without the rum...and pecans! Thanks for sharing this jewel!

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      Susie Lehto 21 months ago from Minnesota

      I have two large round fruit cakes left over yet from last year. With enough alcohol in them they are preserved and mellow with age so well. Now my mouth is watering. I just might have to unwrap one today and and indulge.

      Thanks for coming by, Audrey. - Kudos!

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      Audrey Howitt 22 months ago from California

      Oh my mouth is watering!! I will have to try this!!

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