December 22, 2011

TRADITONAL X'MAS CAKE

X'mas special Kerala Plum Cake


About 1.5kg
Ingredients:

All Purpose Flour : 300gm
Powdered Sugar - 300gm
Butter - 300gm
Egg - 300gm (approx 5 large eggs)
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Orange Juice - 1/2 cup
Caramalized Sugar - 6 tbsp
Lime Juice - 1 tsp
Orange skin - 2 tsp*
Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp
Cardamom - 2
Nutmeg Powder - 1/2 tsp
Clove - 2
Cinnamon - 2 sticks
Cashew nuts -  a ahndful roughly chopped
Tutti frutti - 1/2 cup
Cherries in syrup - 1/2 cup
Dates - 10 nos
Rum - 2-3 tbsp*

For the Caramalized Sugar:
Sugar - 1/3 cup
Boiled water - 1/3 cup

In a thick bottom pan, add in the sugar and melt it over low-med flame. After some time you will see the sugar startes melting and changing its color to light brown. Gradually it will turn dark brown and almost blackish color. Switch off the flame and pour in the hot boiling water. Keep aside to cool. (While pouring hot water be very careful as it will splatter)

Preparation:

Soak the cherries, dates, tutti frutti and raisins in rum for atleast a week. I had soaked themmore than 2 weeks. When needed, drain them and keep them aside.

Sieve the all purpose flour and baking powder.

Seperate the egg whites and egg yolks. Beat till egg is fluffy. Same way beat egg yolks till light in color.

Powder the spices together and keep aside.

In a bowl, add in the powdered sugar and butter and beat till creamy. Add in the egg yolks and mix once again.

Now add the egg whites and whisk nicely.



Then add in the flour little by little and start whisking. Add in the caramilized sugar, lime juice, essence, orange skin, nuts and the masala powder and whisk nicely till all are properly mixed.

Now in a plate add in the fruits and dates and rub in flour lightly. his helps the fruits to be in the flour. Otherwise if its wet it will go below while baking.

Add this to the batter and mix. if you want you cna save few for garnish too.

Transfer the batter to a pan and into the pre-heated oven at 180C/350F for about 50 mins. Since the quantity was more my oven took more time. Some may take hardly 30-40 mins. Check the cake with toothpick test.
Cheers,
Neetz ;)

Notes :
Youc an use freshly grated skin of an orange and then powder them or even dried orange skin. I used fresh powdered skin.
For the orange juice, you can freshly squeezed one and also add a bit more than the said quantity if the batter is too thick.
If you dont have rum, you can use brandy or even wine too.

22 comments:

Aarthi said...

Wow..Love this one...You have made it perfectly..

Aarthi
http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

Santosh Bangar said...

beautiful looking cake nice presentation

Roshu said...

Noce presentation!!!!!

Teena Mary said...

woah!! Perfectly done! Loved the cake & ur clicks :)

Priya said...

Incredible cake for this festive season, looks prefect.

divya said...

Mmmhhh, those look irresistible!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious cake looks wonderful happy holidays

Julie said...

Perfect n Sure Kerala Christmas delight!!
I too have this recipe in my post today!!
Wishing your family a Merry X'Mas !!

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Priti said...

Nice presentation ...looks so cute n tempting

Priti said...

Looks so cute n yum ....perfect

ME! said...

Hey..This looks Yumm... I liked the whole christmassy background.. Im missing christmas cake soo much!!!

Chandrani said...

Christmas looks awesome and perfectly done..

Padhu said...

Looks so festive.Lovely cake

Urmi said...

Cake looks soft, spongy, yummy and fabulous.
Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.

faseela said...

a perfect bake

Only Fish Recipes said...

delicious plum cake....love ur decorations....wishing u n ur family a merry christmas :-)

I Live in a Frying Pan said...

One of our family nurses from Kerala has been making plum cake for us for years - she makes it for us throughout the year and sends it to us in Dubai! I love it to bits, and have always wondered what goes into it. Your recipe gives me hope that I can recreate something similar at home now!
Merry Christmas!! :D

Rachana said...

A lovely and delicious cake for the festive season.

Priya's Feast said...

Cake luks stunning and gorgeous...

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maha said...

yummy yummy.i love cakes..it is just inviting me....

wish u happy new year.....

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