Fruit Sponge Cake

A light and addictive sponge cake, with rum fused mixed fruits. The perfect cake to serve to your holiday guests.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Don Q rum. All opinions are 100% mine.

It is almost the end of the year. Can you imagine that?

This time last year I was gearing up to enjoy my end of the year so much. I had so many events planned to go to. Then later down in the month, I fell sick from what I thought was food poisoning, to learn that I was pregnant!!

I stopped drinking and my plans were foiled cause I was so sick for that 1st trimester. Now I have a 3-month-old and I'm wondering when we're going to take pictures with Santa Claus. Ha.

Since I've had to cut back on the number of events I can go to, I've decided to whip up this adult cake for me to indulge in at home.

This cake is a mix of a sponge cake and black cake, making it a fruitcake.

Black cake in the Caribbean is a rich cake that is packed with dried fruits that have been soaked in liquor over time. Sometimes a whole year of soaking is done, so you know those fruits are intoxicated.

Sponge cake is the little sister cake that the kids can eat. It's the alternative if you don't do alcohol (and even if you do) and I love to eat it with coconut ice cream.

This fruit sponge cake is the merging of the two. A light sponge cake, filled with rum soaked fruits. This is not as heavy as the black cake and takes the simpleness of the sponge cake up another level.

To make this Christmas special, I decided to use some Don Q Gran Añejo. Isn't that bottle gorgeous?

This Gran Añejo comes from Destilería Serrallés which is a family owned rum making business in Puerto Rico since 1865. Their long-standing process explains why they are the #1 rum on the island.

This is a super premium blend of rums aged in American white oak barrels for 9 to 12 years and Spanish sherry casks aged up to 50 years using the Solera aging system.

So this was perfect to get my fruits soaked in. This rum is smooth, and lush with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and honey which paired well with the raisins and sultanas.

I know most people love to sip their rum on the rocks. And if so this Gran Añejo is the perfect substitute for whiskeys in Old Fashioned cocktails. How about making a nice Don Q Old Fashioned? The Gran Añejo pairs well with lamb, steaks or any grilled meats. But I wanted this 80 proof, 40% ALC/VOL to be in my dessert.

It was easy for me to use this rum because I knew their flavors were going to be all natural. There are no additives, coloring or artificial sugars.

I love that Destilería Serrallés is also environmentally conscious as they actively participate in real energy return by having a water reclamation program that allows them to recycle their wastewater. So yes, they do NOT dispose of their water into the ocean.

This rum gave my fruits this amazing flavor. It's best to give it at least a 2-week soak for the fruits to get all that flavor. You bite into it thinking it's a regular yellow sponge cake, then you get a taste of that rum, and you can't stop from taking a little piece more... and more and more.

And if you happen to have leftover soaked fruits and rum, you can go ahead and just take a few spoons and sprinkle it all over a slice, cause I mean, why wouldn't you? Right, no good reason at all.

So here's to having an amazing holiday. Here's to my first Christmas with my little ninja. Here's to an amazing cake made with top of the line rum. Here's to my new normal. And finally, here's to you going to Don Q's website and checking out all their stuff.

Yield: An 8 inch cake

Fruit Sponge Cake

A light sponge cake with fruits soaked in Don Q Anejo. A delicious cake perfect for the Christmas season.
prep time: 35 MINScook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 35 mins


  • 9 oz dried fruit mix (Raisins, sultanas, dried cherries and/or mixed peel)
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups Don Q Gran Añejo
  • 8 oz butter
  • 8 oz brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 9 oz all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon mixed spice (if no mixed spice make your own mix: 1 teaspoon cinnamon; 1 teaspoon nutmeg; 1 teaspoon allspice)


  1. Mix together dried fruit with lemon zest and cover with rum. Set aside to soak (One week or more would be the best soak.)
  2. Preheat oven to 350 
  3. Grease and flour an 8-inch bundt cake pan.
  4. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla extract together until light and fluffy.
  5. Add eggs a little at a time until incorporated
  6. Add flour (in batches)
  7. Add spices (Try not to over mix)
  8. Stir fruit (not adding liquid) into cake mixture until incorporated.
  9. Bake for 1 hour or until done. 
  10. Test the center with a skewer to make sure it comes out clean.
  11. Allow cooling a little before taking it out of the pan. 
  12. Place on rack and sprinkle some of the remaining liquid over cake (about 4 tablespoons)
  13. Slice and drizzle with more rum liquid.
  14. Can be served with ice cream or spiced ginger beer


Time for recipe does not include soaking time

For the best release from pan, butter then flour pan. If using spray, don't use regular butter spray, use one with flour.
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Callaloo Box - The TriniBago Christmas Edition

A review of the December Christmas box from Callaloo Box.

I received this box for free, but all opinions are 100% mine.

If you still have not heard about this Caribbean subscription box operation then I think you need to get onto the internet a little more.

Callaloo box has been exciting me since they reached out to me a few months ago. And from box, to box, to box I have not been disappointed.

After seeing a few previews of their December box on their IG, I was extremely excited to see what else was in there to bring back some TriniBago memories. Their December box promised to bring the taste of Christmas straight to my door.

I had to wait a bit since I wasn't around when it got delivered but when I got home and saw the contents... I started to dance. Yes... dance.

This box has the quintessential Caribbean Christmas items. The things you know when you see it come out, Christmas around the corner.

Let's start with the condiments

Even though I make my own chow chow, seeing a bottle of Matouk's reminded me of all those ham sandwiches my mom used to make with leftover ham. Homemade bread, ham slices, lettuce, tomato and chow chow. Heaven. My dad would also add some pepper sauce.

Then there is that dry sorrel and mauby. I know most people have a love/hate relationship with mauby and how bitter it can be. But you have to try my recipe with these barks and thank me later. And there's dried sorrel to make your sorrel drink. And the mixed essence would be the perfect addition to making these two drinks. Too bad they couldn't add some punch ah creme in the box.

But the Christmas winner, champions of all champions, take it home item is always that black cake. Yes, there is black cake in the box. I love that it's not a big pound of cake, like what I would make if I was making cake this year. Instead, it's a cute little cake that is perfect for someone who is just getting a little taste of Trini Christmas for themselves.

Yes that is a bite on the cake. I had to make sure that this was a moist, tasty cake before I tell you guys about it. The Black Cake Company did well with this. And it's not short on the rum eh. I was torn between just eating it all in one sitting or savoring it for another day.

Purchasing from Callaloo Box is pretty easy.

They have the option of purchasing a box one time (One-Time Callaloo Box Purchase Option). This would be the ideal box for family and friends for Christmas.It offers seasonings, pepper sauces, marinades and you may be lucky and even get a snack. This box is 39.99. If you decide to month to month or do a one time purchase use my coupon code ZAGAT5 and get $5 off your 1st month

Another great Christmas option is the Snack Box Gift Bundle or the Products Bundle. The snack box bundle (snacks only) offers a one-time 2-month prepayment option (you get 1 snack box per month for 2 months). This box is $29.99

Both boxes are available for month to month subscription (you can skip or cancel anytime you want to. The Callaloo Box option is also available to do one time purchases.

And don't worry if you think you are out of time, they are shipping throughout December but do move quickly if you want them to get it in time for Christmas.

And did I mention that these ladies were featured on for their amazing efforts with their product? So you better get in on it quickly.

*Giveaway* As a Christmas present to my readers, we (Callaloo Box and I) are giving away a Christmas Box. Entering is as easy and providing your email address at this link. This is open to U.S residents only.Ends December 10th at 6pm Est!!

Callaloo Box is really a great present to be sent to someone who is missing home, whether it is the snack box or the product box. Make sure you do some digging around on their website to see all their options and make someone happy this Christmas.

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The Ultimate Caribbean Holiday Feast

Want to serve up some Caribbean food for the upcoming holidays? Here is a colossal list of dishes that would be sure to impress your guests.

Traditional Paime (payme) Recipe

A sweet cornmeal pie, filled with flavorful spices, rolled up in a banana leaf and steamed to perfection. This recipe will take you back to a Caribbean Christmas.

Recipe for making payme

We are how many days away from Christmas? Time sure does fly! Thanksgiving is next week. That means all the food has started to be planned for the season. Because preparation is important.

There are some foods that are intrinsically thought of as Christmas foods and one of them is paime (pronounced Pay-Me). This is a simple sweet cornmeal dessert, whose combination though can vary from island to island, but can unanimously be said that it is an island favorite.

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