Nov 09


Rich Rum Fruitcake with Coconut Cream Cheese Icing

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Seems a little early for the holidays, but did you know that fruitcake can be made months in advance? Up to about two months, which is especially handy for the busy Christmas season.

Besides adding delicious flavour to this fruitcake recipe, the rum acts as a natural preservative and pairs perfectly with coconut – hence my decision to top it with coconut cream cheese icing.

Make in a Bundt pan (The one I used can be found here)…

… or as cupcakes topped with coconut flakes. A few fondant holly leaves and berries add a pretty splash of holiday color, and are really so easy to make! I used this cutter (smallest one) for the holly leaves, and just rolled out small balls of red fondant for the berries.


I’m thrilled to have been asked to make the recipe for the LCBO’s Food & Drink magazine! Their holiday issue is out now, and you can find my rum fruitcake on page 21. (Happy dance over here!).

If you haven’t seen Food & Drink, it’s a magazine dedicated to the art of entertaining, including the latest recipes and information on wine, spirits and beer. It’s a real treat for the eyes and is so inspiring – no matter what the season, it always manages to get me in the mood for trying new sweet and savoury dishes.

The magazine is only available in Canada, so if you live elsewhere, below are the recipes for you. Hope you have fun baking, decorating and eating this fruitcake as well!

Happy baking!




Rich Rum Fruitcake Recipe

Making this recipe weeks before serving allows the rum flavor to intensify and can be a big time saver during the busy holiday season! If desired, unwrap occasionally and brush with more rum.

Rich Rum Fruitcake

Yield: Makes 24 cupcakes or one 9-inch (23-cm) Bundt cake.


  • 1¾ cups (425 mL) Thompson raisins
  • 1¾ cups (425 mL) currants
  • 1½ cups (375 mL) pitted prunes
  • ½ cup (125 mL) mixed candied fruit
  • ½ cup (125 mL) candied citrus peel, orange and lemon (or another cup of mixed candied fruit)
  • 2 cups (500 mL) + approx ½ cup (125 mL) Captain Morgan's Original Spiced Rum (or your rum of choice)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1¾ cups (425 mL) brown sugar, packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) coconut extract
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) almond extract
  • 2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (125 mL) slivered almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ cup (125 mL) red glacé cherries, coarsely chopped


  1. In a food processor, pulse together raisins, currants, prunes, candied fruit and citrus peel until a smooth, thick paste forms. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in 2 cups (500 mL) of the rum. Cover tightly and keep in a cool, dark spot, stirring once a day, for at least 2 days, or for up to 2 months.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat butter and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Mix in coconut and almond extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, almonds, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt; slowly stir into butter mixture until incorporated. Stir in raisin mixture and glacé cherries.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  5. For cupcakes, line cupcake pans with liners, and using a ¼-cup (60-mL) measuring cup (or a #16 / 2 oz ice cream scoop), scoop the fruitcake batter into each liner. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. For a Bundt cake, spray the Bundt cake pan with a nonstick cooking spray and pour the batter into the pan. Use a plastic spatula to evenly spread out the top of the batter. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Using a skewer, poke holes in the top of your cupcakes or cake and brush with rum. Let cool in the pan for 24 hours. Dust with icing sugar or top with luscious coconut cream cheese icing and sweetened coconut flakes.


Coconut Cream Cheese Icing Recipe

Add a little more coconut extract if you’d like a more intense coconut flavor to your icing. And here’s a little secret: if you’d like your icing to look whiter for the snowy holiday season, add a few drops of white food colouring.

Coconut Cream Cheese Icing

Yield: Makes enough for 24 cupcakes or one 9-inch (23-cm) Bundt cake.


  • 2 cups (500 mL) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (250 mL) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ tsp (7 mL) vanilla extract
  • 1½ tsp (7 mL) coconut extract
  • 4 cups (1 L) icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup (250 mL) sweetened coconut flakes (optional)


  1. Cream the cream cheese, butter, coconut extract and vanilla extract in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Slowly add the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Garnish cupcakes or cake and immediately sprinkle desired amount of coconut flakes on top.


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  1. Andrea
    November 10, 2013 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Yummy, rum makes life so much better. This looks fun to make but I think I must test it out first for scientific purposes (of course).

  2. November 10, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Love your recipe Marian, will sure try it for my Christmas cakes. Thank you
    Best wishes xoxo

  3. alexandra
    November 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    do you freeze it or just leave it out if you make it in advance and also what do you wrap it with?

    • marian
      November 11, 2013 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      Hi Alexandra, I leave it in a cool, dry place wrapped tightly (and generously), with saran wrap.

  4. Maria Theresia
    November 10, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I must try to make this fruitcake. It looks very interesting and fun.
    Congratulation’s for being in the “LCBO’s Food and Drink Magazine”

  5. November 11, 2013 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Oh dear, Marian.
    That looks SO good and SO yummy!

    Plus, I love coconut…so it is a must try for me 🙂

    Wishing you a lovely start into the week.
    Thanks for posting such a sweet blogpost today.

    niner 🙂

  6. November 11, 2013 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    LOVE that coconut icing! SO pretty!

  7. November 11, 2013 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    ok. SO I (like lots of people) am scared of fruit cake, but maybe this will help me overcome it! Plus it is seriously my moms favorite thing on earth, so thank you for the recipe- I would love to be able to make it for her 🙂

  8. November 11, 2013 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    I agree with Heather! This may change EVERYONE’S mind about fruit cake!!! it looks lovely!

  9. November 11, 2013 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Heck, yes! I’m a fruitcake fan through and through. And an avid coconut lover, too. Can’t wait to try this, Marian!

  10. November 11, 2013 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Oh my word!! I cannot get over how good these look!

  11. November 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Marian! How awesome and well deserved. The recipe looks killer and I love the icing!

  12. November 12, 2013 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    That looks so good!

  13. November 12, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian,

    When can you put the frosting on? I assume it won’t last like normal icing? Just a few days? They look really lovely. I MUST try them. Thanks for all the help you’ve given me over the last few months, by the way…since I “discovered” you xx

    • marian
      November 13, 2013 at 8:28 am | Permalink

      Hi Shona, I would put the frosting on close to serving time (about 2 weeks), and store leftovers in the fridge.

    • marian
      November 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

      p.s. thanks for the nice comment! xo

  14. Rebecca Chloe
    November 12, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t tried a lot of fruitcakes, mainly just because of the bad reputation they have.
    Is it a moist cake? or is it dry?


    • marian
      November 13, 2013 at 8:27 am | Permalink

      Hi Rebecca,
      Definitely a moist cake!

  15. Andrea
    November 12, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Quick question on making this…. I have made the candied fruit peels and have them taking a rum bath. Do you think it is worth the effort and time to making my own candied fruit or should I just by them at the store? Will I be able to taste the candied fruit or will the rum mask the flavor?

    • marian
      November 13, 2013 at 8:29 am | Permalink

      Hi Andrea,
      If you can, I would buy the individual ingredients. The candied fruit will make it a bit sweeter… still good, but I like the first option better.

  16. November 13, 2013 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Anything with rum and cake in the title is a sure hit with me!

  17. Rebecca Chloe
    November 13, 2013 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    How do you make your own candied fruit. What what is a rum bath like Andrea was talking about?

    • marian
      November 13, 2013 at 11:35 am | Permalink

      Hi Rebecca, I actually bought the candied fruit and didn’t make it on my own. If you can’t find it, you can just add more (1/2 cup) of your favorite dried fruits.
      The rum bath is where you soak the dried fruit in the rum. (#1 in the recipe instructions).

    • Rebecca Chloe
      November 13, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

      Awesome!! Thank you!

  18. November 13, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    That has gotta be the most tempting fruitcake I have every seen!

  19. Olga
    December 16, 2013 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Dear Marian,

    I absolutely love your site and your recipes!!
    I am baking the rum fruitcakes for Christmas and just wanted to know how many days in advance can I bake them, and in such case, once baked, if I have to keep pouring rum on top of them every day.
    Thanks in advance, and happy holidays!!

    • marian
      December 16, 2013 at 9:21 am | Permalink

      Hi Olga,
      You can make them months ahead, so definitely can make them right away. You could make them more moist and “rummy” by pouring rum on top every day until you’re ready to serve, but I just did what the recipe says and not more, and that was perfect for us. Taste them when you’re done and see what you think! Hope that helps and happy holidays!

  20. Christine
    November 10, 2014 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Hi Marian,

    Your recipes & instructions are fantastic! I am going to make your coconut icing on your golden vanilla cupcakes. Could I make this coconut icing with coconut flavor oil in place of the extract? I can’t find the extract, only the flavoring. Thanks…

    • marian
      November 10, 2014 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

      Hi Christine, yes you can. 🙂 Have fun baking!

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