Rich plum cake

Plum cakes or Christmas fruit cakes are too moist and delicious. The filling of dry fruits with the cake batter makes it more rich and fruity.

Ingredients :

1. For Caramel syrup

  • Sugar – 3/4 cup
  • Hot water – 1/2 cup

2. Dry fruits soaked

  • 3 colour tutti fruiti – 1/2 cup
  • Cherry – 1/4 cup
  • Black raisins – 1/4 cup
  • Golden raisin – 1/4 cup
  • Dates chopped – 1/4 cup
  • Cashewnuts chopped – 1/4 cup
  • Almonds chopped – 1/4 cup

Total dry fruit mix = 2 cups

3. Dry ingredients

  • All purpose flour – 1.5 cups + 2 tablespoon
  • Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Dry ginger powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1/4 teaspoon

4. Wet ingredients

  • Egg – 3
  • Melted butter – 3/4 cup
  • Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Method of preparation :

1. Preparing caramel

  • Add 3/4 cup of sugar to a pan and switch on the flame
  • When the sugar starts to melt, prepare hot 1/2 cup of hot water. Make sure the flame is between medium to low.
  • After sometime we can see that the sugar has melted completely and became golden brown in colour.
  • By this time add hot water slowly and carefully.
  • Boil the caramel for 5 minutes and then switch off the flame.
  • Allow the caramel to cool down.

2. Preparing dry fruit mix

  • If you have pre- soaked fruit mixture in rum or wine, you can take two cups of that dry fruits mix.
  • Else, soak the freshly chopped dry fruits in a small portion of caramel kept aside.

4. Mixing of dry ingredients

  • To a siever purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon powder, dry ginger powder and salt
  • Sieve this dry ingredients for 2 to 3 times and keep it aside.

3. Preparing wet ingredients

  • In a large mixing bowl, add 3 eggs.
  • Using egg beater or spatula, mix them till fluffy.
  • Add vanilla essence and mix well
  • Then powdered sugar and mix again
  • Now add melted butter and mix everything properly.
  • Add the prepared caramel syrup and mix gently.

4. Preparation of Plum cake

  • Mix the dry fruits with 3 tablespoon of all purpose flour, so that they don’t get settled at the bottom of the cake.
  • Now to the wet ingredients mix, add the flour mix which is kept aside.
  • Mix the dry ingredients using spoon or spatula. Do not use beater.
  • Add the dry fruit mix to the batter and mix well everything.
  • Line 7 inch cake tin with butter paper.
  • Add batter to the cake tin.
  • Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 170°C
  • Bake the cake for 55 to 60 minutes or until the tooth pick comes out clean, when checked in the center portion of cake.
  • Allow the cake to cool and then cut it into slices.

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