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Luxury Chocolate Fruit Cake with Rum

ChristmasEve may be the most enchanted evening of all. So much legend, myth, and mystery, both religious and secular, are part of the night of December 24. And for those who celebrate Christmas, there are more personal and family traditions attached to this night than to any other night of the year.

In some households, the main holiday celebration is held on Christmas Eve, with a big dinner and the opening of the gifts before or afterwards. In other homes decorating the tree and then setting out milk and cookies for Santa is the big event. I love to bake and share with family and friends something sweet and special every Christmas. This year I baked an amazing Luxury Chocolate Fruit Cake with Rum, so good that you wish to bake it for every holiday-)) I like a surprise ending to a nice dinner, and this elegant-looking cake, with its wonderful combination of textures and flavors, finishes this holiday meal with a bang.

What is your tradition for Christmas Eve?

My flower arrangements are getting better every day. This one one of my favorite. I have made a postcards from this beautiful image, if you like I will send you one. Just email me your address.

Happy Holidays my dear readers!!

To wish you all the happiness
This beautiful time of year can bring.
Have a wonderful Christmas.

Fruit Cake with Rum

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Serves: 6-8


  • 1/2 cup (90g) dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (90g) golden raisins
  • 1 cup (170g) mixed dried cranberries and cherries
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, lightly toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup other dried fruits (prunes, dates, dark raisins)
  • zest of one orange (preferably organic)
  • juice from one orange
  • 1/2 cup molases
  • 1/2 cup rum (you can also use Grand Marnier, brandy, cognac or whisky) + 1/3 cup for the top
  • 7 Tbsp. (100g) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup best-quality lemon or orange marmalade ( I used homemade Candied Lemon Zest)
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 Tbsp. best-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • confectioners sugar for dusting
  • chocolate decorations (optional)



In a large saucepan melt the butter. Add all dried fruits, orange zest, orange juice, molasses, rum, brown sugar, lemon marmalade and spices. Slowly bring to the boil. Simmer for 5-7 minutes. Let it cool for about 30 minutes.


In a meantime preheat the oven to 300F and lightly oil the cake pan.


In the large bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder. Whisk together eggs and vanilla extract, then add the egg mixture to the sweet fruit mixture. Mix well. Add flour and mix until all ingredients are combined. Pour the batter into prepared cake pan. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool the cake completely. Remove from the cake pan and make a few holes with a fork. Pour the rest of the rum and let it sit for 15 minutes. Wrap the cake and place it in a cool place until ready to serve.


To serve: generously dust the confectioners sugar top of the cake and place chocolate decorations.

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  • Reply
    La Table De Nana
    December 21, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Always a feast for the eyes..Happy Holidays to you!

    • Reply
      Crisma Benny
      November 11, 2020 at 1:40 pm

      Sorry where does the bitter go.

      • Reply
        Yelena Strokin
        November 11, 2020 at 11:22 pm

        Hello Crisma, if you are refirring to the butter, then you melt the butter and add with fruits and other ingrediets. Its in the begining of the recipe. Have a good bake!

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          Crisma Benny
          November 16, 2020 at 3:37 am

          Thank you ❤️

          • Yelena Strokin
            November 25, 2020 at 2:50 am

            You are very welcome!

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    December 21, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    The cake looks so delicious, and what a lovely floral arrangement!! Yes, please send me a postcard to 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful post! Happy holidays to you! Cheerz!

  • Reply
    Rosa's Yummy Yums
    December 21, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    A fantastic cake! So festive. I love that flower arrangement.

    Happy Holidays!



  • Reply
    handmade by amalia
    December 22, 2015 at 9:22 am

    What a wonderful cake, Yelena. Your creations just keep getting more and more beautiful. Happy holidays.

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    Angie Schneider
    December 22, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    What a festive and delicious cake! I too love flower arrangement.
    Have a wonderful holiday season!

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    Grace Settle
    December 22, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    What size pan?

  • Reply
    December 22, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I used 8,5 inch x 3,4 inch cake pan. But really you can use the pan you have at home^ it can be a little smaller or bigger. Have a good bake! And happy holidays!

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    November 2, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    I have been looking a long time for a recipe with these ingredients: chocolate and rum. Thank you!!
    Could this sit for a month to mellow?

    • Reply
      Yelena Strokin
      November 3, 2019 at 12:59 am

      If you can wait that long-))) Honestly you don’t need to wait!

      • Reply
        December 4, 2023 at 8:14 am

        That was going to be my question as well, could you add your alcohol of choice every now and again for the three weeks leading up to Christmas? Thank you in advance for your reply and Merry Christmas!

        • Reply
          Yelena Strokin
          December 4, 2023 at 9:42 pm

          Sure you can, its going to be a very fun tasting cake! Have a wonderful holidays!

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    September 25, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Hi just found this recipe on Pinterest, I was wondering if it can be fed the same as Christmas and done three months in advance, would it still be ok

    • Reply
      Yelena Strokin
      October 6, 2020 at 8:03 pm

      It’s perfect for Christmas, but I never baked it in advance. Let me know if you try and it will work!

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    November 20, 2023 at 6:45 pm

    I’ve been looking for a chocolate fruit cake recipe and out of all of the recipes i found, this is the one I will be trying. It looks delicious and moist. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one.

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      Yelena Strokin
      November 28, 2023 at 4:27 am

      I am happy that you find my recipe, enjoy the cake! Happy winter holidays!

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    Gaby R
    November 24, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    Hello Yelena and thank you for the recipe!
    What can I substitute the 1/2 cup of marmalade for?

    • Reply
      Yelena Strokin
      November 28, 2023 at 4:25 am

      You can use your any favorite jam.Best of luck!

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