How to make traditional Christmas Plum Cakes - Plum cake recipe (2024)

How to make traditional Christmas Plum Cakes - Plum cake recipe (1)

Prepration time: 2 Hour

Persons served: 10 Persons

Cuisine: Kerala

ingredients

  • For Soaking
  • Mixed fruits i.e.
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Cherries
  • Ginger peel
  • Orange peel
  • Tutty fruity
  • Black raisins
  • Yellow raisins
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Cashew nuts etc altogether – 3 cups
  • Rum/Brandy – 1.5 cups
  • For Caramel
  • Sugar – ½ cup
  • Water – 1 tbsp
  • Warm water – 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp
  • For Cake
  • Plain flour (maida) – 2 cups
  • Baking powder – 1¼ tsp
  • Baking soda – ½ tsp
  • Sugar – 1 cup+ 2 tbsp
  • Unsalted Butter – 200 gms @ room temperature
  • Eggs – 4 @ room temperature
  • Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
  • Apricot Jam – 1 Tbsp
  • For Spice Powder
  • Cloves – 2
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Cinnamon – a small piece
  • Nutmeg – a small piece

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Plum cake preparation

  1. Soaking of Fruits:
    Wash and Soak all the dry fruits properly and leave in sunlight a whole day to dry up.
    Chop washed and dried fruits and nuts and fill in a glass jar.
    Add brandy/rum in this and keep for 3 weeks. Try to soak it for a minimum of 1 week, at least.
    Shake the jar of soaked fruits once in a while.
  2. Caramel Preparation:
    Combine ½ cup sugar and 1 tbsp water in a sauce pan.
    Heat it & let the sugar melt. When the color of the melted sugar becomes dark brown, remove the pan from fire and add 1/2 cup warm water to this. You need to be very careful at this stage since the water tends to splash andcan cause burns.
    Bring it back to the heat and boil for 3-4 minutes.
    Remove from fire andlet it cool completely.
  3. Spice Powder:
    Grind all the spices with a pinch of sugar, to a fine powder & keep aside.
  4. Cake Preparation:
    Preheat the oven at 180 C for 10-15 mins, before baking.
    Drain the soaked fruits and keep aside. Retain 4 tbsp from the drained liquor.
    Toss the drained fruits in 2 or 3 table spoon of maida (All purpose flour). (This will prevent the fruits from sinking to the bottom of the cake).
    Sift the plain flour with baking powder andbaking soda.
    Powder the sugar and keep aside.
    Separate the yolks andwhite of the eggs.
    Beat the egg yolks andadd the softened butter to it. Beat it till it forms a smooth paste.
    Add powdered sugar to this, gradually. Beat after each addition.
    When it becomes smooth add vanilla essence andcooled caramel, spice powder andjam. Beat again.
    Add the sifted flour in 2 batches.
    Add the drained liquor. Beat after each addition.
    Now clean the blades of the blender and wipe neatly. (Not even a drop of water is allowed while beating egg white).
    Beat egg whites till soft peaks form.
    Fold the fluffy egg white into the batter very gently. Make it two three parts and fold accordingly.
    Then fold in the soaked and coatedfruits. (Do this part very carefully, do not mix for too long, Just two or three folding is enough for the dry fruits just to disappear in the batter).
    Grease the baking dish and line with baking paper.
    Pour the batter into the prepared tins.
    Bake in the pre heated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the skewer inserted comes out clean. The baking time can vary depending on the oven andalso the size of the tin used.

Alcohol free version of plum cakes:

Soak 3 cups of fruits in 1.5 cups of fresh orange juice. Leave it overnight at room temp. The rest of the recipe is same.

Using this recipe, I have got 1 Kg and 350 grams of plum cake. I adapted this recipe from mariasmenu. Thanks maria for such a lovely and yummy recipe.

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This entry was added on December 29th, 2013 by Athira Soorajin Bakery and tagged with best plum cake recipe, cake, Xmas cakes, christmas plum cake recipe, Christmas cakes, fresh plum cake recipe, plum cake recipe with rum, plum cake recipe indian, cake recipes. Last revised on April 4th, 2018.

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