Dec 12, 2011

Ultimate Chocolate Fruit Cake / Super Moist Plum Cake- Christmas Cake Recipes

Ok Here I am with the ultimate fruit cake recipe. This is one of the best fruit cake recipe I can ever imagine and so simple to make..The only thing it takes couple of hours to bake and it is worth every second.So are you ready..

I baked it yesterday and believe it or not everything got over right now.. I took a few pieces (which I saved it from my sisters) to office and everyone loved it. They told me that it is so much better than the store bought ones..I love plum cakes a lot than any other cakes, but some bakerys here supply this with dry little fruits in it and the cake itself looks so dry. But there is one bakery here which supply a awesome cake which has a lovely flavour of fruits in it..And this one came better than that too..Which is pretty amazing..

You could add any dry fruits in it as per your liking. The list of dry fruits are pretty endless, you could add dried prunes,  cherries, currants, candied lemon peel,  candied orange peel and many more..Usually for fruit cakes they soak these dried fruits in brandy or rum for a month,  so that the fruits gets all flavours and it plumps up a little..But in this cake since we are boiling the fruits,  it gets the plumpness and flavour without any hardwork..And the heat gives so much moistness to the cake..

This recipe is one of Nigella Lawson’s and I kept it in my mind for more than a year since I watched her show..I waited for the Christmas season to try this recipe and finally Christmas is near and I am done with it..It came out so much better than I expected, frankly I am now crazy about this and want it each and every day.

If you want to make it even more authentic, just use a slash or two of run or your favorite liqueur in it. This will bring the christmassy flavor from the cake..So guys here I give you the recipe of this awesome cake and Happy Christmas guys..

Recipe Source: Nigella Lawson


All Purpose Flour / Maida – 150 grams / 1 1/3 cup
Cocoa- 2 tblspn ( Use Good Quality Cocoa)
Baking Powder – ½ tsp
Baking Soda – ½ tsp
Almonds – 75 grams (Powdered) / 2/3 cup
Black Raisans – 100 grams
Sultanas / Kishmish – 100 grams
Dates – 200 grams (Pitted & chopped)
Eggs – 3
Oranges – 2 zested and Juices (You can use all pulps and juice from it)
Honey – 175 ml / 6 ¼ Ounces / ¾ cup
Sugar – 175 grams/ 6 ¼ Ounces / (¾ cup+2 tblspn)
Butter – 175 grams / 6 ¼ Ounces
Cinnamon Powder – 1 tsp
Rum / Brandy / any liqueur of your choice


Preheat oven to 150 ° C / 300 ° F.

Butter a deep round tin and line the bottom with parchment paper or wax paper. Now line the sides with parchment paper as well in the way that the paper is somewhat extended above the tin  which prevents the cake from burning and sticking all over the tin when it rises as it bakes. Butter all over the tin generously and keep it aside.

Break open 3 eggs in a bowl and mix it up. Take flour, powdered almond, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon in a bowl and mix well. Set this both aside till ready to use.

Now take a saucepan and add butter, sultanas, raisans, cocoa, honey, dates, sugar, orange zest, orange pulp juice and everything. Put it on the stove and apply heat to it..

Stir everything as it melts down and let it boil. Now simmer it for 10 mins while mix it inbetween so that everything boils and gets united and doesn’t stick to the bottom.

Leave this mixture to cool down for 15-20 mins aside.

Now add eggs to this and mix well. Add the mixed up flour mixture to this as and mix well so that everything is combined and mixed all the way through.

Pour this into the tin and bake it the oven for  1 ¾ – 2 hours. The cake looks little moist and sticky on top but has some moist texture in the middle.

Remove it from the oven and allow to cool down completely.

Now remove it from the tin and allow to cool down completely again. Since you have lined it with parchment paper it won’t be hard to remove the cake from tin.

Decorate it as per your wish and serve or store in a air tight container for 3-4 days.

Important Points to Note before Baking:

1)      Don’t add eggs when the mixture is too hot so that the eggs wont gets cooked and end up in chocolaty scrambled eggs.

2)      If you are baking in a small OTG oven like me where there is very small place between the cake and top heating element , you need to lightly cover the cake with aluminum foil after 1 hour of baking so that the top doesn’t gets burned. Don’t cover it too tightly, just put a foil over the tin and continue baking. In the last 15 mins remove the foil and bake. If you are baking in a regular big oven you don’t need to do this.

3)      You could add dried fruits as per your choice like prunes, cherries, currants, etc...

4)      Adding  liqueur to this cake is entirely optional.

Take all your ingrediants
Start by lining a tin...First butter the tin on all sides
Take a parchment sheet
draw the shape of the tin using a pencil in the parchment paper
cut it out
line the bottom with the cut out paper
cut a long strip for the sides of the tin...Cut it so that the size is double...
Line the sides...Now butter it generously on all sides..
Can you see how the paper is extended..
Break open 3 eggs in a bowl
beat it slightly so that it is mixed up..Set this aside
Now take flour in a bowl
add powdered almond in it
measure cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda in a small plate
add it in
mix everything together...
Now zest the oranges and squeeze the life out of it..Can you see how i removed all pulps out the oranges, you can use everything..
This is how it looks...Orangy fragrance....
Equipments you need for this is very straight forward..Just a saucepan and a wooden spoon..
Now the steps are so simple..Add everything to the sauce pan..Start off with butter..
black raisans
orange juice and pulp
orange zest
cocoa..that's it..
Now heat it
and mix well
bring it to a boil and simmer it..
now allow it to cool down
IMP POINT : ALLOW IT TO COOL DOWN...after it cools down, add egg mixture to this..
and mix well
now add the flour mixture to this..
and whip everything together..
pour it in the prepared tin
wow...i can eat just like this
and bake it
after it cools down...Invert it to a plate and let it cool completely
now decorate it and enjoy..
GO ON...


Kalpana Sareesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Will mail u my address pls send it me it involves too too much of work which i can never def find pls send it to me.. if not its a sin for u..i cant wait to dive in it..truly awesome words..

Priya's Feast said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow..this luks scrumptious...luvly way to make instant christmas cake.. :)

Achu said... Best Blogger Tips

AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE So yummyyyyy....Awaiting to bake it..Can i soak all dried fruits into rum for abt 1 to 2 weeks?Wat abt rum...u didn't add?awaitin to hear it

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

Kalpana...Ha Ha..find some 3 hours for urself and try is worth a try..You will feel really proud about yourself after you are done with me..


Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

Achu...You don't need to soak your fruits in rum..since you are boiling the fruits you needn't do it..You can definitely add rum to this..add it along with the butter while you are boiling it..Please try it and let me know the results..


veena krishnakumar said... Best Blogger Tips

looks very yummy aarti!!!love the pictorial

Manju said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks divine Aarthi....great work!!


Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

This cake looks amazing - and it should with all those wonderful ingredients - I think I would eat nothing else at Christmas! Delicious :)
Mary x

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

This cake looks amazing - and it should with all those wonderful ingredients - I think I would eat nothing else at Christmas! Delicious :)
Mary x

Namitha said... Best Blogger Tips

Love fruit cake. Today I'll be baking a couple of them for sending to friends :-)

Neetz said... Best Blogger Tips

superb superb superb!! mERRU X'MAS TO U DEAR!!!

Chitra said... Best Blogger Tips

Simply Superb Aarthi...going to try it soon...

Deeksha said... Best Blogger Tips

super delicious cake. Great job.

Rocio Valle Gonzalez said... Best Blogger Tips

mmmm it looks simply delicious!! awesome! thanx for sharing!! hugs!! ;-)

Uma said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG, It is really superb and you are great cook.

manu said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds yummy!

Shri said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds delicious and easy too!

VineelaSiva said... Best Blogger Tips

The cakes looks awesome dear.Its very inviting.Love the way of explaining.

Hovkonditorn said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful fruit cake!

RAKS KITCHEN said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds super delicious! Yummy cake, wish I be ur neighbor to taste all ur cooking :)

SouthIndianHome said... Best Blogger Tips

just yesterday i watched this video of Nigella Lawson and today here came the post from you.You have made it perfect.I was little skeptical about adding cocoa powder in fruit since you have already made it and it is delicious I will go ahead and try this

The Pumpkin Farm said... Best Blogger Tips

wow Aarthi, this feels like christmas, what an amalgamation of flavors. loved every step and picture

Ganga Sreekanth said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so beautiful and tempting dear..

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome Aarthi.The cake has come out perfectly for you.Moist and tempting.

Sharmilee! :) said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks and sounds delicious

Maayeka said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks so amazing....beautiful and delicious looking..great recipe!!!

Priya Sreeram said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely; do check out the giveaway in my blog; cheers

zareena said... Best Blogger Tips

mmmm... I loved all your snaps. Amazing cake recipe. Loved it a lot. I want it nowwwww :(

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

SUPER!!!!!!!!!!!!Ippavae Kanna Kattuthey.............

Anu said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy your blog..first time here..happy to follow your blog..

Chandrani said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect christmas cake, Aarthi....... Lovely description. I bookmarked this....

Anzz said... Best Blogger Tips

The cake is perfect. Yours is the first Christmas cake in the Blogosphere, I believe. Merry Christmas dear.!

Kaveri said... Best Blogger Tips

An Awesome bake Aarathi, Looks too good.

chitraj.hegde said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow...Supper Yummy Looking cake....loved the flavors...must try recipe....perfect for Christmas eve...

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Super rich looking incredible cake, looks super moist and quiet addictive.

Richa said... Best Blogger Tips

that cake looks so scrumptious and as always love your step by step pictures!

Nalini's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

super yummy... cake,looks so moist and spongy......perfectly done,luv the texture....

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips


I would like to suggest something.
Can you have a link for a printer friendly version for your recipes.
I love so many of your recipes and everytime i have to copy paste it and then print it.
Love the pictorial tooo.....pls dont ever stop uploading them
But a link for printer friendly version would be highly appreciated


- Rupa

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

Rupa...I have that option right in the footer of each post..You can see a print friendly option there..Please check it


Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi aarthi i found ur blog last month and now a big fan of it. can u please do a favr to vegetarian like me. please mentiont he subtitute of eggs in ur recipees, as it will help me a lot to try ur recipees. thanks


Nagalakshmi V said... Best Blogger Tips

i've always wanted to try this combo. not sure when i will get around to doing it :)

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

Whew I am tired looking at these awesome pictures. Looks like lots of work and work. Send me the cake dear I will enjoy it.

sangee vijay said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow...Aarthi great job,this looks so soft n moist fruit cake .,well explained n well presented!!
Thanks for linking this awesome recipe to Bake Fest!!

Vardhini said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous looking plum cake and thx for linking to the event.

Preethi said... Best Blogger Tips

Dear Aarthi,
Let me be the first (am I???) to tell you that I tried this cake today and it came out awesoooommmeee!!!..Just followed your instructions and despite a slight burning on the top (did not heed you advise there, I guess), this cake is indeed moist and the orange juice and pulp all add to the flavour.....thanks a ton for this wonderful recipe dear. And yes, I did not use any liquer too!!!

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips


Preethi thanks for your comment dear..I glad that you loved it...Thanks again for trying...

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips


any substitute for eggs?

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

substitute for egg?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymoususe egg substitute or i think you can use thick curd...I have never tried it, hope you will give it a try and tell me how it turned out

Nargis said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Aarti i wanted to know how many oranges u had used aprox?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@NargisI used 2 oranges

Lincy said... Best Blogger Tips

I baked this cake last christmas, This year too i want to try this as it was a big hit with my family. Can you please tell the size of your baking pan which you used for this cake? which size will be appropriate? i have a small pan so last year i divided into two batches and made but i felt that the cake didnt rise as much as i would have liked

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

How much rum can we add to this?

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Also, can we use wine? If we use any liquor should we add more sugar to compensate?

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Why are we just mixing the egg and not whipping it till fluffy?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Lincy I used a 16 cm pan i think

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymous 1/4 cup would be fine

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousNo You dont need to add more sugar

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousFor this cake we dont need to whip the eggs

hilltopsinger said... Best Blogger Tips

Please help! Im not able to find baking soda in my place. Is baking soda and cooking soda the same thing?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@hilltopsingeryes they are same

Sapthanaa Vytheswaran said... Best Blogger Tips

hey tried it Arthi.. came out well. I have an OTG oven. Hence didnt take more than 45 mins to bake this cake 150 degrees.

was little sceptical about adding cocoa to this cake.. you proved me wrong..super easy and delicious.. my bro and 2.5 yr old daughter finished the entire lot.. thanks for this recipe . will post the recipe soon in my site......


Caroline Ramya said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Arthi,
Did try out this cake and it turned to be a disaster. Don't know what went wrong since I sincerely followed all your interactions. The top got burnt and the bottom was not done so had to keep on baking it. The stick method of checking well done did not work out here. Also found the cake to be tooo sweet. Could have reduced the honey or sugar.

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Caroline RamyaI am sorry to hear that. I have mentioned in the comment to cover the cake if it gets too brown half way through. And the sugar level mentioned in this cake is perfect, it will give you a moderately sweet cake. I think may be you must have messed with the measurement. Try it once again and let me know how it turns out.

Anitha Vivi said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, can u post how long to bake it wen i bake this in microwave oven?
As i dont have an baking oven.
Wen should i add the rum?

Thanks Anitha

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anitha ViviFor microwave fruit cake, check this...

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Arthi,

Tried this and this came out really awesome, the taste is just phennomenal. Thank you for this recipe.
Also I have a question: When I made this, the texture of the cake was not very knife friendly. In the sense, it was not possible to cut it into shapely pieces and part of it would crumble and the fruits come out. Any thoughts on how I could fix that?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousChill the cake for a while and cut it, you will get clean slices. Also use a serated knife to cut the cake/

LoVeLy AsH said... Best Blogger Tips

If using yogurt instead of eggs.. how much should i take?

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarthi... Pls tell if the butter you use in your cakes and bakery is the regular Amul butter or some unsalted one?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousIt is unsalted butter

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@LoVeLy AsHNot sure if eggs can be substituted

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Can almond powder be avoided? Not having almonds at home at present!

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymousyes u can leave almond powder..Or you can use cashew powder instead

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This is by far the best recipe i got on net for christmas cake...thanks a ton for sharing it with step by step photos....helped a lot...n yeah cake turned out awesome...i hope i could also have shared a pic as i decorated it well :-)

Shalini Senthil said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarthi can i try this in pressure cooker? Last time when i baked normal plum cake(i.e. without boiling fruits &without egg) i got big and lot of cracks at the top and looked hard.. I thought over cooked but later when tasted it actually should have been cooked for some more time. So any tips to avoid crack using pressure cooker? Thanks in advance

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Shalini SenthilIf your cake cracks,u have used small cake pan. DOnt fill cake more than half of the tin.

Shalini Senthil said... Best Blogger Tips

I filled only half of the pan... should the mixture be thin.. will thick mixture cause this?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Shalini SenthilYes the batter consitency is little thin, and thick batter will cause this. u right.

Shalini Senthil said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes Aarthi this time batter consistency is bit thin and it came out soo well... :-) no cracks at all... Awaiting to taste it... looks yummy... Thanks for the easy recipe ��

manasa said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarthi,
The cake looks amazing.i want to try this for my husbands bday.he loves plum cake.
I just want to know if I can add some nuts like walnuts..If I add should I do something different and how much quantity can I add.

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@manasayou can add nuts. no different in recipe just same

manasa said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the quick reply Aarthi!!