Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake /Eggless Plum Cake
It is very popular in Kerala and normally prepared with spices and caramel sauce that gives the cake dense deep brown color . I omitted that caramel part , may be next year will try that also.
My daughter couldn’t take her eyes off from the cake and tasted some of it before clicking . You can see the shredded edges in the pics.
I like this time of the year most , it’s Christmas !! Everyone is preparing for Christmas celebrations , markets , malls are decorated with Christmas tree and Santa Claus . I am sure all of you are baking something in your oven . Isn’t it ? Well normally we would like to buy cake on Christmas but thus year I baked my own fruit cake . I adapted the recipe from sailu’s and concocted it according to my taste.
For the last week of BM#35 ,I always ask for special theme as I like this theme the most . It gives us liberty to make our bookmarked recipes and I have bookmarked this cake since long . So here is my attempt of this wonderful eggless Christmas fruit cake. Let’s star the recipe . Yum
1 1/2 cup All purpose flour +extra for dusting
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon all spice powder
Dried fruits to be soaked
1/4 cup tutti fruti
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup cashew nuts
1/4 cup raisins
1/8 cup walnuts
1/4 cup dates
1/8 cup apricots
1 cup apple juice
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup butter , melted
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees and line and dust the 8 ” cake tin with butter and dry flour or parchment paper.
Chop all the dried fruits , and soak them in apple juice for one day.Drain the dried fruits just before baking the cake and dust them with dry flour.
Sift together all purpose flour , all spice powder , baking powder and salt . Set aside.
Take brown sugar in a bowl , add butter milk and whisk it . Add baking soda , and whisk again . Wait till it becomes frothy.
Now add melted butter and whisk again.
Add the sifted flour in the sugar mixture in two batches . Mix it gently .
Add dried fruits and nuts , stir gently and add hot water if required. Pour it into the prepared pans and bake for 45 minutes at 180 degrees.
Check with toothpick inserted in the center . Cool the cake on wire rack. Slice and serve.
One more slice…Merry Christmas !!
Serve-8. Baking time -45 minutes
Notes: Here I have used apple juice but You may soak the fruits in wine or rum 1 week or few days before and store it in refrigerator.
This cake can be kept at room temperature for 3-4 days. You may use your preferred choice of dried fruits.