Nov 24, 2010

Homemade Rich Fruit Cake



Homemade Rich Fruit Cake

Basic recipe credit - Mrs. Usha Gopinath ( Ushakka )

Ingredients

130 g all purpose flour ( maida )
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
80 ml rum
2 eggs
110 g powdered sugar
115 g butter
30 ml ( 2 tablespoon ) caramel sugar
30 g cashew nuts, broken
30 g raisins
30 g orange peel
30 g cherry
30 g tutti - fruity ( or any other fruits like golden raisins, dates, prunes, figs.. )
1/2 teaspoon spice powder ( make a powder of small piece of nut meg, 2 cloves, 2 cardamom and 1/4 - inch piece cinnamon with 1/4 teaspoon sugar )
1/4 cup flour for dusting fruits
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 teaspoon extra butter ( for greasing baking pan )
1 tablespoon extra flour dusting ( baking dish )
Extra 8 cashew nuts ( split ) for decoration
Extra 1 tablespoon rum ( for final coating )

How To Caramelize Sugar ?

Short method - Heat a heavy bottomed kadai on a medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon sugar. When it melts, color changes from yellow to dark brown. Switch off the heat . Add 3 tablespoon extra water and mix well. Maintain a safe distance from the gas stove when mixing with water.



Method

Dust fruits ( cashew nuts, raisins, cherry, tutti fruity & orange peel ) with 1/4 cup flour and keep aside in a separate container for 1 hour.

Grease baking dish with 2 teaspoon butter and dust with 1 tablespoon flour ( sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of flour inside a cake pan and shake to coat all greased surface. Turn pan upside down to tap out the excess flour ).

Pre heat oven at 170 * C or 325 * F.

Sieve flour, baking powder and salt.

In a big bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add egg one by one and beat until smooth and creamy.

Gently add dusted fruits ( do not add leftover flour ), rum and spice powder. Mix it well slowly.

Add vanilla essence. Gently fold sieved flour mixture. Stir slowly till blended. Add caramelized sugar and mix gently.

Final procedure:

Transfer this cake mixture to a greased baking pan ( or paper lined ). Spread evenly with a spatula, decorate with nuts ( optional ) - arrange gently and do not disturb the cake batter and bake at 170 * C or 325 * F for 50 minutes or till golden brown or till a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Remove from the oven, apply 1 tablespoon rum gently with a brush on top and allow to cool ( approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour ). Run a knife round inside of the pan to loosen the cake, and then invert the pan. Cut into desired shape and size.

3 comments:

saraswathi said...

wow nice cake, i wil definitely try this cake ........thanks for the nice cake recipe

Gayathri's Cook Spot said...

Cake looks colourful and soft..

anu said...

Very nice flow.Good article