Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Fruit cake/ Kerala plum cake

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Hope all my friends had a fabulous Christmas.We had a good one too, the days passed so quickly and I feel a bit bored today after a busy and fun filled week.
We had a great Christmas with friends and lil A was so happy to get a Christmas gift from Santa (which we wrapped and kept for him under the tree ).Boxing day sales were fabulous,this time we too managed to do some shopping amongst the crowd, the bargains were soo hard to resist.
Coming to the topic,plum cake/ fruit cakes which we used to buy from bakery were not my favourite cake ,I always preferred plain cake over it. I had no plans even to bake them until a fortnight ago, but two of our friends had a craving to eat our plum cake , so I got an inspiration to bake it to give them.When I searched for the recipes, it looked bit laborious and intimidating (caramel prapartion) but when I got enough support from hubby I decided to go ahead. All the recipes were asking to soak the dry fruits a bit longer but since I didn't have enough time I could soak them only for 4 days .After baking it I kept it for maturing for 3 days to infuse all the flavours and our much awaited cake was ready for Christmas. Trust me ,the cake was sooo delicious and it was much much better than the bakery ones .This cake was the best fruit cake I had in my life.

This recipe is adapted from here ,here and here.

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Ingredients
Flour - 1 cup
Butter softened - 3/4 cup
Eggs -2 no
Sugar - 1 cup
Baking powder- 1tsp
Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg powder 1/8 tsp
Cloves powder - 1/8 tsp
Salt - pinch
Vanilla extract - 1tsp


For caramel syrup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
water - 1/2 cup +1 tbs

For soaking
Tooti fruity - 1 cup
Chopped dates - 1/4 cup
Raisins - 1/4 cup
Cashew nuts chopped- 1/4 cup
Walnut/ almonds - 1/4 cup
Rum /Brandy - 1 cup or enough to soak fruits and nuts

Preparation

Soak the fruits and nuts in rum/brandy for3- 4 days, if you have time soak for few more days or weeks or months.Longer the better.
Preparing the caramel - In a pan add 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tbs of water and keep it in a medium flame until the sugar starts to melt and change its colour.Swirl it around until all th sugar has completely dissolved and changed into brown colour.Switch off the flame and immediately pour 1/2 cup of water to the caramel(be careful as this might splash ).The caramel syrup is ready.Let it cool down.
In a bowl sift flour,baking powder ,spice powders and salt and keep it aside.
Separate eggs yolks and whites.Beat egg whites until creamy and thick.Check whether its done by inverting the bowl and if its done the cream will stick tightly in the bowl.
Beat egg yolks ,sugar ,butter and vanilla in a bowl. Add the dry ingredients and fold in. Add the caramel syrup and beat until mixed.
Drain the fruits from the rum/brandy and add 1 tbs of flour to it and mix.
Add 3/4 of the soaked fruits to the batter and mix well.Finally add the beaten egg whites and fold in until its mixed properly.
Line the cake tin with a parchment paper or in well greased cake tin.Pour the batter to it and finally add the remaining dry fruits on the top and spread it gently.
Bake it in a preheated oven at 175 degree centigrade for 35- 40 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes our clean.
Cool the cake completely.
Its better to wait for 2-3 days before you cut the cake to infuse all the flavours into it.So wrap the cake and keep it aside for 2-3 days.

17 comments:

Julie said...

Plum cake looks delicious soft n moist..perfect!!
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Santosh Bangar said...

yummy moist cake

Aarthi said...

awesome cake

Suja said...

Lovely cake,perfect and moist..adipoli aayitundu..

Manju said...

Gorgeous cake...glad to know u had a great Christmas!!

Regards,
Manju
http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com

Sobha Shyam said...

adipoli aayallo Vineetha...kothiyavunu...so perfect n yummy cake..parcel me some :)

divya said...

look absolutely yummy...

Sowmya said...

Lip-smacking cake.....totally awesome! Happy to follow your posts :)

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faseela said...

perfect bake ..............luks so moist n delicious

Kaveri said...

That's an awesome bake...looks wonderful

Priya said...

Great looking plum cake,looks super moist and prefect..

PrathibhaSreejith said...

Same pinch ha ha, The plum cake looks really soft n yumm...
Remember we get this in Jayabharathy, thalassery. I use to love them :) and later discovered we can easily make it at home

Chitra said...

perfect. i had this cake on christmas but from bakery:)

Uma said...

I never tried fruit cake. your cake came out perfect and moist. Love to have a bite.

Ramya said...

Awesome cake. would you like to send it to my xmas event? just a few days left.
http://ramyasrecipe.blogspot.com/2011/12/abc-series-cakes-for-christmas-event.html

deepsrecipes said...

Vineetha..

Wish u and family a very Happy New Year 2012..

Only Fish Recipes said...

wishing u n ur family a very happy new year :-)

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