Rum soaked dry fruits


So the holiday season is approaching , and I’m already late in soaking up the dry fruits in all that rum goodness , hmmmm!


This is the first time I’m actually going to be baking a fruit cake ! I’m really glad that my in laws are here to celebrate this Christmas with us.
Coming back to the rich fruit cake , I can proudly say that my mum in law makes the best fruit cake ever! In fact people visiting her home back in India , always ask for an extra piece of cake ! Yes it is that good !
So from where did she learn to bake this ? Any guesses ? Ok ! From my dad in law πŸ˜‰ He’s a retired ex chef , and an excellent cook too , there’s so much to learn from everybody and I’m really glad that I decided to start this blog and document all of these traditional family recipes, that hopefully I can pass down to the future generations πŸ™‚



100 grams chopped dates

100 grams chopped walnuts

300 grams golden/ black raisins

Rum, as required for soaking

(You may use other dry fruits, candied peel, candied fruits, etc.The total quantity should be around 500 grams for a 2.5 kg fruit cake)


  1. Mix all the dry fruits well in a bowl, transfer it to a glass jar ( do not use plastic/stainless steel or aluminum container),Β pour rum over it just enough to soak the dry fruits. Cover and store at room temperature until further use. Give the jar a swirl every 2-3 days. Check in a few days, if most of the rum is soaked up, then add some more.
  2. For a non alcoholic version, soak the dried fruits in orange juice/grape juice and store it in the refrigerator. Soak it only a week before you intend baking the cake.


p.s. Post updated with additional pics. You can find the recipe for the best ever Rich Christmas fruit cake here.


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  1. Loretta says:

    Wow Freda, you’re in for a treat then if your ma in law is with you now. I too have made fruit cakes before, having got the recipes from both my mother and my husband’s side of the family. I used to make them regularly, but I’ve stopped now, as there’s just the 2 of us at home now. My husband loves fruit cake. My Godfather was the Chef at the Taj Mahal in Mumbai back in the day, and I recall (even though I was only 3 yrs old when we left India), that he always sent us the most amazing cakes. Your pictures are also just beautiful, I love the arrangement and styling. πŸ™‚

    • Freda @ Aromatic essence says:

      Thanks so much Loretta! Yes definitely in for a treat, plus learning so much more πŸ˜€ why don’t you make a small batch ? Actually my mum doesn’t bake much , so we used to buy this cake and just make the other sweets, but I really loved my mum in laws Christmas fruit cake and now I’ve got the opportunity to learn how it’s made too πŸ™‚ glad you liked the pictures πŸ™‚

  2. Lina says:

    We generally don’t use alcohol for our plum cakes at home, but wanted to ths year…so glad u made this post…will start soaking it tomorrow ☺☺☺☺

  3. Linda says:

    Looks delicious Freda! And I love that you’re using recipes that have been passed down! I have a ton of those types of recipes and am looking forward to posting them in the future…although looking at some of my grandmother’s recipes it will be adventurous to cook them as the ingredients may be a little ‘too’ interesting! Wonderful photos by the way πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. Shari says:

    I didn’t know that the fruit in fruit cakes was soaked in rum. I bet that makes the cake taste wonderful. Will you be posting the fruit cake recipe? That is so nice you will get to be with your family over Christmas, Freda. I loved learning a little bit about them in your post. Passing down family recipes is one of the reasons I started my blog, too. Thanks for sharing about the fruits and your beautiful pictures!

    • Freda @ Aromatic essence says:

      That’s the way it’s done back in India , Shari ! People tend to soak their dry fruits for even a year ! I have no clue how it’s done in the US.. I surely will be sharing the cake recipe soon too .. It’s nice to know that passing on family recipes is one of the reasons you decided to start your blog too πŸ™‚ thanks so much for stopping by Shari πŸ™‚

    • Freda Dias says:

      Pyrex bowl should be fine, no plastic /stainless steel/ aluminum containers are recommended since alcohol is being used here. A Pyrex bowl with the plastic lid should be ok, make sure the alcohol is not touching the lid.

  5. Nivedita says:

    Hi…loved the idea of soaking dry fruits in rum. I want to make this cake so should I soak them right away since Christmas is about a month away? Can we add almonds and cashews?.

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