Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake /Eggless Plum Cake

Today on Christmas Eve , I promised my daughter to make a Christmas fruit cake . I always wonder why this cake is called Christmas Plum Cake as there are none of any plums in it. After googling I found that in the old days, the British fruitcake normally contains as much as half of dried fruit as its weight , that was referred  as “plumb” or “plum” hence given the particular fruit cake its name.
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

Ingredients:
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

Method:
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.

Enjoy this wonderful cake .

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.

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Best regards,

Sapana Behl

19 comments on “Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake /Eggless Plum Cake”

  1. Delicious plum cake with dry fruits & nuts and love your presentation.

  2. Perfectly done.. so dense cake

  3. love this cake .I love fruits cakes and def i am going to try this one.Yes ofcourse kids do that when we do sweets and cake ..

  4. Srivalli says:

    Such a delicious treat!..looks so good..

  5. oh im loving it!!! And I really wanna bake it rite away 🙁 but some dry fruits r missing will do it soon 😀

  6. Simply delicious looking eggless Christmas fruit cake. Could have it free of any guilt whatsoever.
    Deepa

  7. Delicious fruit cake …looking so yummy..

  8. That one is a hearty and yummy cake.

  9. Thanks for sharing eggless cake

  10. Suja Manoj says:

    Dense and rich cake,love it

  11. Rich and tasty plum cake. Looks wonderful. Christmas party begins here…………with ur delicious cake.

  12. Wow!!!!cake looks so moist and perfectly made…

  13. Lovely cake dear….it looks so rich with all the dry fruits…herez wishing u a very happy Christmas and a blessed new year

  14. Plum cake looks delecious, love the way they are eggless too 🙂

  15. So colorful and loaded with goodness. I always have a hard time keeping my kids off something like this as well.

  16. so different from the version we make, but looks delicious

  17. Usha says:

    I don't blame your daughter for taking a bite of it even before you took the pictures. I think I would have done the same. The cake is irresistible.

  18. Pavani N says:

    Fruit cake looks amazing..

  19. Bookmarking this cake. Love it.

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