Sin-A-Mon Tales

A chronicle of my kitchen experiments, a little healthy a little indulgent

Time for some xmas cake

I usually make a rich and yummy Plum/fruit cake for Xmas recipe of which I had posted last year. But this year I wanted to make a fruit cake but also wanted to do something different. So I started doing what I do the best, I started browsing ofcourse ;-) I read many recipes online but somehow none of them really stuck home (though I must say I love this Florentine cake and might make it before Saturday once :) )

I had my fruits soaked in rum ready and hence I decided to pick something from one recipe, something from another, something from my own and made my own fruit cake :D

Anyone who knows, would have guessed by now what is the most major change I did to the cake… I made it out of whole wheat flour :)

What I used

To be soaked before hand

  • 2 cups of dried fruits I used the following
    • sultanas
    • raisins
    • figs
    • dates
    • dried cranberries
    • prunes
  • 1/2 -1 cup of  rum (depending on how strong the flavor u like, I used about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoon orange zest

For the cake

  • 1 3/4 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup of maida
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup demerara sugar
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I used the following)
    • blanched almonds
    • pistachios
    • cashewnuts
    • Pine nuts (chilgoza)
  • handful of whole blanched almonds to  decorate the cake

 

How I made it

  • Sift the flour and baking powder once and keep aside
  • Grease and dust your baking tin and line it will double parchment paper or butter paper. I used 8-inch round springfoam pan and a little batter was left as I didnt fill it as much as I could have
  • Mix sugar and oil together till light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time and keep mixing till well blended
  • Fold in the flour gently and than add the dried fruit mixture along with all the liquid slowly till just mixed
  • Add the nuts and mix gently again
  • Pour the batter into the pan you have prepared, level with a spoon and decorate with blanched almonds… (I love the crispness they add to the baked cake
  • Bake at 175 C for 30-40 mins and than reduce the temperature to 160C, cover the cake with parchment paper or foil and bake again for 30-40 mins or till the skewer comes out clean
  • Let it cool completely for 4-5 hours before removing the paper. Typically the cake is than seasoned with rum a couple of times before eating but we dont have so much patience in our household… so what are you waiting for? Have a slice?

And I am sending this to Blog Anniversary event of the lovely blog Cakes and More. The book that Suma has as a give away is one on my must have list…

And ofcourse this one goes to my regular Champa’s Bake-Off :D

 

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5 comments on “Time for some xmas cake

  1. champa
    December 22, 2010

    Fruit cake has been one of my favorites. I prefer not to eat it since I can’t stop it once I start. Thanks for such a lovely entry.

  2. Swaram
    December 22, 2010

    Wow Mons! U r high on event entries at Sin-a-Mon :)
    Keep it up and send me some cake too :P It will get u some goody goody luck for winning the giveaway ;)

    • monikamanchanda
      December 23, 2010

      he he he thats one of the new I can get my poor new baby noticed :D

  3. suma
    December 29, 2010

    Fruit cakes are a must-eat during Christmas time and I can’t resist this one too:-). Baking this with whole wheat flour is a wonderful idea. Thank you for sending this over for my event.

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