Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fruit Cake for the New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful start to 2011. We had a fun party on the new year's eve and a nice start to New Year's. In my post of Key Lime Pie (which I baked during Christmas), I promised to bake a fruit cake and post my recipe. I know you must be thinking what kind of girl I am, made Key Lime Pie for Christmas and Fruit Cake for New Year? Well.. I will say...I am different :)

I remember we used to love the Fruit Cake we used to get in India. It had lots of dried cherries and nuts. Lovely buttery taste with fruits, nuts and just the perfect amount of sweetness. Today I revived that taste and my husband loved the cake.

In the traditional fruit cake, usually the fruits and nuts are soaked in rum for a couple of days atleast but I didn't want to use the alcohol. What I did was cooked the dried fruit and nuts in 1/4 cup of orange juice and 2 tsp of rum extract till the nuts and cherries soaked up all the liquid. It worked perfectly well and the cake tastes just as awesome.

Here is the recipe (Click here for printable version)

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 tsp salt
4 eggs
1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp orange essence
2 tsp rum extract
1/2 cup orange juice

1. In a pan, add orange juice, rum extract, cherries, raisins and walnuts. Cook on medium heat while stirring until all the liquid is soaked up. Switch off the gas and let this mixture cool down.
2. In a small bowl, sift together the all purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Keep aside.
3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together at medium speed.
4. Add eggs one at a time, mixing in between. Stir in the vanilla and orange essence.
5. Now hold on to 2 tbsp of flour mixture and spoon the rest of the flour mixture into the liquid one and stir it enough to combine.
6. Sprinkle the 2 tbsp of flour mixture on the prepared fruit nut mixture and toss it well. This method will not let the fruits n nuts sink to the bottom while baking.
7. Add the nut mixture to the prepared batter and mix using a spatula.
8. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan and pour the mixture into the pan.
9. Bake in 350 degree F pre-heated oven for about 40-45 min or until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
10. Let cake cool for 15-20 minutes before removing from the pan and let it cool completely before slicing.

Enjoy the delicious Fruit Cake and Have a wonderful New Year! 

Sending this to Champa's Bake Off Event.


sara @ CaffeIna said...

Fruit cakes are good all the time. Why should we have them only at Xmas! I love this one!

Pavithra said...

Wow the cake looks absoltely perfect and looks yumm..

Santosh Bangar said...

wonderful cake is tempting

Roxan said...

I don't know why fruit cake gets such a bad wrap! I've always liked it... but then again I like anything bread-y :) Your fruit cake looks delicious!

Apu said...

Great looking loaf!! Happy new year!!

Sumi said...

nice soft and moist cake..Happy new year dear

Priya said...

Super moist, awesome and delicious fruits cake Vaishali, happy 2011 wishes to u and ur family..

Indrani said...

This is my most favorite cake of all, Me too loved this fruit cake we used to get in India..this christmas, I had this cake in India, yours look exactly the same..I'm drooling here, Vaishali..Happy new year to u and ur family

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Jay said...

yummy recipe..I love d texture..
Tasty appetite

Mina Joshi said...

It looks great. Would love sum with my cup of tea please!

Steph said...

Love that you changed the way that the fruit is "re-plumped", orange juice sounds like a great substitute. Pretty looking loaf!

Pavani said...

yummmmmm.. I say Fruit cake can be had any time of the year. Yours looks super good.

swapna said...

tempting and yummy cake..

Smita said...

Looks soft & tempting...Yumm

briarrose said...

Beautiful cake. I love how you treated the fruits....an excellent idea.

Tiffany said...

Fruit cake gets such a bad rap! I love fruit cake!

meltingbutter.com said...

I love fruit cake and yours looks wonderful! :)

Kate @ Diethood.com said...

That fruit cake looks fantastic!

Congrats on Top 9!

Raw_Girl said...

I love fruit cakes. Yours looks divine!

Ms. WhitePlates said...

I can't say I'm one for fruitcake, mostly because of that candied fruit (which my mom loves) but this cake looks so moist -and- you use dried fruit that I should make it! The cooking of the fruit in the orange juice and such would make it seem candied which would make Mom happy too.

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

Your fruitcake looks so moist and delicious. Thanks for making it without alcohol, I'm not a fan of baking with liquer either!

Anonymous said...

this cake looks moist,yet you used eggs??????I thought this was a blog for vegan??????????????

Vaishali Sharma said...

Thanks everyone :)
@Anonymous- Dear, this is blog of vegetarian recipes not vegan.
Difference: Vegetarians do not consume meat, fish or poultry but consume dairy products and eggs.
Vegans eliminate all animal products from their diet including dairy and eggs.
Lacto-Vegetarians are the ones who consume dairy products but not eggs.
I hope u know the difference now. :) I do consume and use eggs in my recipes. You can see the eggless baking section in my recipe index. There are several eggless recipes. Have a good year :)

Suchitra said...

perfectly baked cake vaishali- looks good!

Anonymous said...

I am allergic to dairy, can I subsitute
oil for butter.

Vaishali said...

Hello Usha..

Yes u can absolutely substitute oil for butter..that is not a problem. Infact ur cake will be softer.

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