Caribbean Fruit Cake

Tropical, dense, juiciness!  A delicious cake to share with family and friends. Gluten and dairy free, high in fruits, low in added sugar.

About this Recipe

This might seem like a lot of ingredients, though it really is a case of chucking it all in a bowl, once you have soaked the dried fruit in advance.  Best made the day before you need it.  This is a big cake, but you can freeze leftover portions.

Ingredients

  • 75g raisins or sultanas
  • 40g dried mango
  • 6 tbsp white rum, or pineapple or mango juice
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 150g oat flour
  • 100g dark muscovado, or molasses, sugar
  • 1.5 tsp each baking powder and bicarb
  • 70g desiccated coconut, or coconut shards
  • 80g melted coconut oil
  • 2 medium mashed bananas
  • 425g tin of pineapple chunks in juice
  • 2 large free range eggs
  • 100g chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp each ground allspice, ginger, cinnamon nutmeg
  • Zest of 1 lime

For the drizzle:

  • 2 tbsp white rum
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp crunchy demerera sugar (optional)

Method

  1. If you can get organised, soak the raisins and dried mango in 3 tbsp of the rum / juice, 24 hours in advance. Stir a couple of times over the 24 hours
  2. When ready to make, turn the oven to 170 / 150 fan.
  3. Line a 23cm round cake tin with baking paper / silicone sheet
  4. You may wish to cut the pineapple chunks in half.
  5. And then it is a case of mixing everything together in a large bowl—you will have 3 tbsp of the rum / juice remaining to include in this. Give everything a really good stir before turning out in the cake tin.
  6. Bake for about 1 hr 15 mins BUT you will probably need to cover the top, so check half way. Also please note that this is a dense cake with a lot of moisture, and oven cooking times vary, so check again baked for an hour.  Your cake may need longer or shorter than 1 hr 15 mins.
  7. When baked allow to stand for 10 minutes whilst you mix up the drizzle. I like to poke holes all over the top and sides, then ‘paint’ the drizzle on for even coverage. 

Servings:

14-16

Ready In:

Under 2 hours + 24 hours soaking

Good For:

Gatherings

Health Benefits

Bananas are renowned for their potassium content, and also being low in sodium which makes them great for hypertension and detoxification.  A calming and good mood food, promoting the creation of serotonin in the body.  Also high in fibre and great for digestion.

Pineapples, like all citrus fruits, are rich in Vitamin C.  However they differ in that they contain bromelain, which helps digestion, particularly after a big meal.  Pineapples are also an appetite stimulant. 

Pecans provide 1 of the highest sources of unsaturated fatty acids. Also a good source of potassium, zinc & B vitamins as well as being high in fibre.

Mango—very rich in vitamins C, A, E, as well as potassium, iron & niacin.  A source of bioflavonoids (anti-oxidants)  Easily digestible, though high in natural sugar so for blood sugar balance may be best eaten with some protein or healthy fat.

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