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A classic rum raisin cake is perfect to serve during the Christmas season. Made with brown sugar, currents, raisins, and dark rum this cake is for adults only!

A tray with cake slices.
Semolina Cake with Dark Rum.

One of the most favorite cakes during Christmas is this rum and raisin cake. It’s lighter than a fruit cake and loaded with the aroma of rum.

Of course, if you eat this cake you will feel intoxicated just like you do when you have a cocktail. It’s a great way to serve alcohol to family and friends when they visit you! 😜

Ingredients and substitutes

  • Flour -Simple plain flour/maida works great to stabilize the cake so it is not too crumbly.
  • Semolina – It is thicker than flour but grainier which gives the cake a wholesome texture.
  • Butter – I used unsalted butter so I can control the amount of salt but if salted butter is all you have then use it and omit the salt in the recipe.
  • Sugar – I love the cake to have a deeper darker color which comes from the dark brown sugar and dark rum.
  • Rum – My mom used the Indian Old Monk dark rum but you can also use dark or white rum.
  • Fruit and nuts – I like to use a combination of black currents, raisins, and almonds in this cake. My mom would soak the fruit in rum overnight but I never remember to do that. But, soaking in hot water for just 30 minutes does the trick too.
Cake slices on the tray.
Semolina Cake with Dark Rum.

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Cake slices on the tray.

Rum Raisin Cake

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Calories: 451kcal
Adjust Servings Here: 10 slices
A classic rum raisin cake is perfect to serve during the Christmas season. Made with brown sugar, raisins, and dark rum this cake is for adults only!


  • 125 g (1 cups) All-purpose flour
  • 125 g (¾ cups) Semolina super fine variety
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • ½ tsp Baking soda
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • 226 g (1 cups) Unsalted butter
  • 300 g (1 ⅓ cups) Dark brown sugar light brown sugar will do too
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 120 ml (½ cups) Dark rum I use old monk but dark Bacardi works too
  • 120 ml (½ cups) Sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp Almond extract
  • 10 grams Sliced blanched almonds or cashews
  • 50 grams Black currents soaked in hot water then chop
  • 50 grams Golden raisings soaked in hot water then chop
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) Rum extract (optional to enhance the flavor)


  • Oven – Preheat the oven to 325F /165C/ Gas Mark 3
  • Pan – Grease, and dust with flour an 8-inch square cake pan or 2 loaf pans.
  • Dry ingredients – In a small bowl combine the flour and semolina with baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    125 g All-purpose flour, 125 g Semolina, 1 tsp Baking powder, ½ tsp Baking soda, ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • Wet ingredients – In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and dark brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla and almond extract.
    226 g Unsalted butter, 300 g Dark brown sugar, 4 large Eggs, 1 tbsp Vanilla extract, ½ tsp Almond extract, 60 ml Rum extract
  • Rum – Next, add the flour mixture in three batches alternating with the rum and sour cream. Followed by the chopped nuts, soaked-drained black currents, and raisins.
    Pro tip – combine well but do not overmix.
    120 ml Dark rum, 120 ml Sour cream, 10 grams Sliced blanched almonds, 50 grams Black currents, 50 grams Golden raisings
  • Bake – Pour the batter into a prepared baking pan and transfer to the oven. Bake the square cake for 45 to 50 minutes, and the loaf cakes for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool – Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes then onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
    Pro tip – I like to pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup of rum over the hot cake while still in the pan.

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Nutrition Information
Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 745IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg

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