12 ounces flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 9 ounces seedless raisins, cut in half 2 ounces citron, diced fine 3 ounces mixed citrus peel, diced fine 4 ounces crystallized cherries, cut in quarters 2 ounces chopped nuts 2 limes, grated rind only 10 ounces butter, softened 8 ounces extra fine granulated sugar 6 large eggs 1/2 medium orange, juiced 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 tablespoons rum 10 whole unblanched almonds for decoration
Sift flour and baking powder. Add fruits and nuts, and then lime rind. Cream butter and sugar, then add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
By hand, add 1/3 of the flour mixture, then add orange juice, vanilla, and rum. Add remaining flour mixture and stir well; don't overmix.
Pour into greased and lined baking tin and decorate with whole almonds. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Don't open oven door before cake has baked for 1 hour.
For Delores Cook, who requested a recipe for Jamaican Fruit Cake. This is UNTESTED. I did, however, just get a little Jamaican cookbook, where I saw this recipe.... In spite of the name, it looks like a fruit cake to me!