Guyana Fruit Cake Recipe

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Guyana Fruit Cake Recipe

Transport yourself to the tropical flavors of Guyana with this delicious Fruit Cake recipe. Packed with an array of rich dried fruits, warm spices, and a subtle kick of rum, this traditional Guyanese treat is the perfect addition to any holiday table.

To get started, gather all the ingredients listed below:


  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup prunes, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup mixed candied peel
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 1/4 cup cherry brandy

Now that you have all your ingredients ready, it’s time to start baking! Follow the instructions below:


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C). Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the golden raisins, currants, dried cherries, prunes, and mixed candied peel. Toss well to mix.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the rum and cherry brandy. Begin and end with the flour mixture, mixing well after each addition.
  6. Fold in the dried fruit mixture until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 2 hours, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then, transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once cooled, wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap and store it in a cool, dark place for at least a week to allow the flavors to develop and intensify.

This Guyana Fruit Cake is perfect for serving during the holiday season. Its dense and moist texture, combined with the richness of the dried fruits and spices, makes it a true delight. The addition of rum and cherry brandy adds a unique twist that sets it apart from other fruit cakes.

Slice yourself a generous piece of this cake, pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee, and indulge in the flavors of Guyana. This recipe will surely become a family favorite for years to come.

Enjoy and happy baking!