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Black Fruit Cake

Like white cake, most Belizeans don’t go without this devilishly delicious Christmas cornerstone.

  • 2 lbs flour
  • 1 pt (2 cups) stout
  • 1 pt strong rum (diluted to give 1 qt.)
  • 2 tsps cinnamon or 3 tsps allspice
  • 1 cup flour for fruits
  • 1-1/2 lbs brown sugar
  • 1 pt blackening for cake (used to get desired color)
  • 1 tsp baking powder (optional)
  • 8-10 eggs
  • 1 lb margarine
  • 1/2-1 lb each of raisins, prunes, dates, pecans, cherries and mixed fruits
  • 1 nutmeg (grated)
  • 1 cup syrup or brown sugar for stewing fruits

Preparation Time: 40 - 60 mins  |  Cook Time: 2 - 3 hrs

Directions

Use 1/4-1/2 lb brown sugar & rum to stew fruits the night before (Let fruits simmer for 5-10 minutes)

Grease cake tins with shortening and line with brown paper. (Set aside)

Cream margarine or butter with remainder of sugar.

Add eggs, one at a time.

Add flour alternately with black coloring (mix well with each addition).

Add about 3/4 of a stout (mix well).

Cover fruits with 1 cup flour and add to mixture. Fold in fruits.

Bake for 2-3 hours in oven at 250-300 F/145 C or until cake is dried when tested.

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