Easy Cake Mix Version Of Jamaican Rum Fruit Cake.

Last Christmas, I shared my recipe for Jamaican Black Rum Fruit Cake. In this recipe blog, however, I will demonstrate how to make an Easy Cake Mix Version Of Jamaican Rum Fruit Cake.

I mentioned in my Jamaican Black Rum Fruit Cake recipe blog that my mother taught me an easier version of our traditional Jamaican black fruit cake. As a result, I credit her for inspiring this recipe.

Traditional Jamaican Rum Fruit Cake vs. Easy Cake Mix Rum Fruit Cake

In less than an hour, you’ll have a moist, rum-fruit-flavored cake mix that can be easily prepared for any gathering.

In comparison to the traditional Jamaican Black Fruit Cake, which is darker, denser, and contains more rum, this cake mix version is fluffier and smoother in texture while still having a bit of weight.

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Easy Cake Mix Version Of Jamaican Black Cake Recipe

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Make Jamaican rum black fruit cake using Betty Crocker Cake Mix

How To Make An Easier Cake Mix Version Of Jamaican Black Rum Fruit Cake.

Kevin Foodie
Make an easier version of the traditional Jamaican black fruit cake recipe. It's extremely moist, fluffy, and rummy.
You'll have a delicious sweet treat for dessert after dinner or just a tasty snack treat in less than an hour.
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Caribbean
Servings 10 People


  • Oven
  • Hand Mixer
  • Spatula
  • 9" Fluted Cake Pan
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Blender


  • 1 box Betty Crocker Cake Mix
  • 3 medium Eggs
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Water, room temperature
  • cups Rum Soaked Fruits
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tbsp. Browning
  • 1 can Oil Spray


  • Preheat oven to 350 ° F.
  • Empty the content of the cake mix into a mixing bowl. Add the oil, eggs, and water as directed on the box of the cake mix.
    You may use whatever cake mix you desire, but I have used Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix.
    Vanilla and Spiced Cake Mix are two other cake mix flavors that you may also use.
    Make Jamaican rum black fruit cake using Betty Crocker Cake Mix
  • After you have added the ingredients as directed on the box, use a handheld mixer to thoroughly combine the cake mix ingredients together.
    If you do not have a hand mixer, a whisk or wooden spoon will suffice for mixing the ingredients together.
  • Prunes, currants, raisins, and mixed peels have been soaked in Jamaican J Wray & Nephew White Rum and Cherry Brandy for several months.
    To find out how to make my simple rum-soaked fruits, go to my Jamaican Black Fruit Cake Recipe by clicking HERE.
    Jamaican Black Fruit Christmas Cake
  • Pour 1½ cups of the rum-soaked fruits into a blender. Blend until the puree smooth. Mix in the pureed fruits to the cake batter with a hand mixer or whisk.
    Make Jamaican rum black fruit cake using Betty Crocker Cake Mix
  • Mix in the 2 tablespoons of browning and vanilla extract to the cake mixture. You can increase the amount if you want a darker cake. However, too much browning can result in a bitter cake.
    Make Jamaican rum black fruit cake using Betty Crocker Cake Mix
  • Coat the 9-inch fluted baking pan with cooking spray. A standard 9-inch round pan can also be used.
    The baking time of a cake, however, may vary depending on the size and shape of the pan. Other factors, such as the ingredients used, may also be important.
    Make Jamaican rum black fruit cake using Betty Crocker Cake Mix
  • Bake for 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
    Make Jamaican rum black fruit cake using Betty Crocker Cake Mix
  • Pour a few corks full of cherry brandy and/or wine over the warm cake. Allow it to cool for at least 10 minutes before removing it from the pan and serving.
    Don't worry about the cracks on top; I personally like to have the crack valley in my cakes and bread loaves. Furthermore, the fluted can will be presented from the bottom.
    Cake serves about 8 to 10 people.
    Make Jamaican rum black fruit cake using Betty Crocker Cake Mix
  • I drizzled rum-flavored icing sugar colored with red food coloring over a slice of this Rum Fruit Cake. This is optional and can be enjoyed without the rum-sweet drizzle ma nizzle.
    Make Jamaican rum black fruit cake using Betty Crocker Cake Mix



Food Explora's Fruit Cake Baking tip:

Add the water needed for the cake mix recipe to the same blender where you blended the rum-soaked fruits and blend for a few minutes to capture the remaining fruit mixture from the blender walls.
Keyword Betty Crocker Cake Mix, Cake Mix, Jamaican Rum Fruit Cake, Sweet Treat

Easy Version Of Jamaican Black Fruit Cake.

Make Jamaican rum black fruit cake using Betty Crocker Cake Mix
Make Jamaican rum black fruit cake using Betty Crocker Cake Mix

For the recipe to my Traditional Jamaican Black Fruit Cake, click HERE.

Jamaican Black Fruit Christmas Cake

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I would love to know what you think. Please leave a comment and star rating. What is your favorite sweet treat?

50 thoughts on “Easy Cake Mix Version Of Jamaican Rum Fruit Cake.”

  1. 5 stars
    This sounds like a brilliant cake, and I love it’s that quick to make – plus some of those Jamaican flavours do speak to me a lot! Thank you for sharing this one Kevin, will have to try it out x

  2. Love Jamican rum cake! My grandmother made it once for us years ago, and since then I’ve never been able to find one that remotely touched how nice hers was!

    1. 5 stars
      Your mother must be proud to have inspired such a tasty creation. And hey, with all that extra time you saved not making the traditional version, you can kick back and enjoy an extra slice (or two) of this delightful cake.😁

  3. 5 stars
    I love this Jamaican Black Fruit Cake recipe! I find all of your Jamaican recipes so interesting because they’re all new to me. The addition of the rum soaked fruit with the sweet cake mix is perfect. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I wish that scientists soon develop a technology that lets us taste the cake shown on the blog. Whenever that’s invented, your blog will be the first that I will eat. 😀
    Such delicious photo of the cake. 😋

  5. 5 stars
    Yum! This sounds delicious. Great instructions on how to make an easy cake mix version of Jamaican run fruit cake. Thank you for sharing!

  6. 5 stars
    This is so so yummy looking! Thank you for sharing the easy version – especially for those are us who are a little more cooking-challenged. I also love the connection to jamaica – my best friend is from there. Thanks for sharing this recipe for us!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve only tried a Jamaican rum cake once when a lady in my Danish made it for us, and I would love to try making it on my own! The cake looks delicious and using a cake mix does make it easier.

  8. Looks absolutely delicious to me. The smooth, fluffy nature of the cake is right up my alley. Even though I do not drink a little bit of rum ingested via cake is something I can handle. 😉


  9. Quicker recipe for $100 Alex (Kevin). I don’t like “slaving over a hot stove”. If taste isn’t sacrificed, I’m down for whatever takes less time! This also is more beginners friendly…works for me! 😉

    1. People often say, great meals takes time. While there are some truths to this, making a easier version of a Jamaican rum fruit cake is perfect for those like yourself that do not like to spend a long time in the kitchen.

  10. It’s for the 1st time, I’m seeing Wray & Nephew in rum cake. Then again it’s the 1st time I’m seeing the Jamaican rum cake recipe. Just thinking of it, got all the Xmas and party lights going.
    But here’s a question do Jamaicans pour more brandy on the cake before they cut a slice and eat? We do. 👌🏽

    1. Girlwelltraveled, thank you for dropping by. Traditionally, Jamaican fruit cake is soaked with rum and/or brandy every week to keep them moist. I am unsure how many pour brandy onto their fruit cake before cutting it, but I do. It’s a common practice.

  11. 5 stars
    Hi Kevin, Thank you for your recipe. I had tried a cake mix recipe many years ago but it wasn’t a bit,so I went back to the traditional black cake recipe. However I am finding it to much for me making 10-12 cakes as presents and I am not as young as I used to be 😊. I tried your recipe and it was delicious, I have told my relatives this is it this year.I might add a little flour to the batter and see how that goes. Thank you again for saving the day

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