Kerala Plum cake/Fruit cake/Rum cake

Merry Christmas to all my friends and family. Sharing a slice of cake and wine with all of you.

This is a traditional Cochin style plum cake enjoyed by lovely Kochiites on this very occasion of Christmas. 

The steps involved from making homemade orange peels to soaking dry fruits in rum to browning sugar to making ground mixed spices at home results in an indulgent rich moist cake. 


Dried black grapes – 125 gm 

Dried white grapes – 250 gm

Prunes – 50 gm 

Orange peel – 50 gm

Seedless dates – 100 gm

Cashewnuts – 100 gm

Dark rum/Mix of rum and brandy – 1/2 cup

Butter – 31o gm

Powdered white Sugar  – 250 gm

Sugar for browning – 1 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 tsp

Flour  – 250 gm+ 1 teaspoon

Eggs    – 5 nos

Baking powder -1 tsp

Aniseed -1 tsp

To grind mixed spices

Cinnamon stick – 1 inch  (2 pieces)
Cloves   – 5 Nos.
Cardamom – 5 Nos.
Nutmeg  – 1/4

Soaking the dry fruits

Chop and soak dry fruits in rum and keep it overnight at room temperature. It is ideal to soak dry fruits as early as possible to get an intensely flavored rum cake. 

How to prepare sugar for browning

In a heavy bottomed pan, add the sugar and stir on medium heat. The sugar will start to melt and change colour. The colour will become dark golden brown and it will bubble up. Turn off the heat. Immediately pour 1/2 cup of warm water, stir and mix well. Care should be taken while adding water. 


Sift the flour along with baking powder and keep aside. 
Add ground  mixed spices and aniseed in it. 

Separate egg yolks from the whites. Keep the egg yolks and egg whites in separate bowls. 

Beat the egg whites until frothy. 

Using an electric mixer, beat butter and powdered sugar until it gives a light and fluffy texture. Add egg yolks one by one. Continue beating until the egg yolks are well incorporated to the mixture. Pour the browned sugar and vanilla essence and mix well. Coat the soaked dry fruits with some flour. Add this to the mixture. Now add the flour and ground mixed spices. Now fold in the frothy egg whites. Transfer the cake batter to two loaf tins. Cook at 175 degree Celsius for 50 minutes to 1 hour. 

According to your oven used, the time can change. So it is best to do a skewer test. 

9 thoughts on “Kerala Plum cake/Fruit cake/Rum cake”

  1. Wow…i got the feel, the texture, the taste.. with rum and butter…it ought to be a hit and .perfect with a glass of wine for the season.
    Nicely done, pics wonderful….


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