Even though i have three variation of plum cake recipe in my blog. My viewers have been asking for the traditional fruit cake which has rum in it. So i decided to bake it this year and share it. I made it couple days back and i am telling you it turned out to be super yummy and loved it to the core.
Chocolate Plum Cake
Eggless Fruit Cake
Microwave Fruit Cake
When i baked this, the house was filled with the aroma of the rich dry fruits and it was totally heavenly. Loved it so much i couldn't resist smelling it. I soaked the dry fruits for 2 days, by which time the fruits soaked up the rum and was beautifully soft and plumped up.
These many days i thought that the plum cake which is sold in shops has cocoa powder in it from the dark colour. But recently i discovered that the colour comes from the dark caramel and not from the cocoa.Making the caramel is crucial, because it can get burned quite easily and the cake colour depends on it.
I didn't add any nuts in this cake, but you can add any nuts of your choice. Just add it along with the dry fruits and soak it together. I added 1 cup of dark rum, you can increase it or decrease as you like. If you dont want to use rum, just soak the dry fruits in orange juice.You can even pour hot water over it and leave it for 30 mins then use that as well. This way you can make this instantly.
This cake was so yummy and soft. Hope you will try this out and let me know how it turns out..
Preparation Time : 30 mins
Baking Time : 40 to 45 mins
Makes : two 15 cm round cake
All Purpose Flour / Maida - 2 cup / 240 grams
Sugar - 1 1/4 cup / 250 grams
Soft Unsalted Butter - 250 grams
Eggs - 5
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Dry Ginger Powder / Chukku Podi - 1 tsp
Cinnamon Powder / Pattai Podi - 1 tsp
Cloves Powder / Krambu Podi - 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cardamom Powder / Yelakai Podi - 1 tsp
Vanilla Essence - 2 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/4 cup
Dates - 1 cup chopped finely
Apricot - 1/2 cup chopped finely
Prunes - 1/2 cup chopped finely
Cherries - 1/2 cup chopped finely
Kishmish / Sultanas -1/2 cup
Raisans / Black Currants - 1 cup
Nuts - 1 cup chopped finely (cashew, walnuts, almonds, pista)
Dark Rum - 1 cup
All Purpose Flour / Maida - 2 tblspn for tossing dry fruits
Preheat oven to 180 degree C.
Start by soaking dry fruits in rum for a day. I did it for 2 days. By this time the fruits will absorb the rum completely.
Take two baking pan and line it with parchment paper, butter the sides and bottom of the pan and set aside.
Take sugar in a sauce pan and heat it on low heat. Now it will start to crystalize. Keep stiring and it will slowly start to melt. Keep heating on low heat till it gets nice dark colour. Now take it off the heat and add in water and heat till the sugar dissolves again. Set aside to cool.
Take dry fruits in a bowl and toss it with 2 tblspn of flour. Set aside.
Sieve flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spice powders and set aside.
Take butter, sugar, vanilla in a bowl and beat using a electric beater till it is creamy.
Add in 2 eggs first and beat till creamy. Add 3 eggs and beat again till creamy.
Now add in half of the flour mix and half of the caramel. Fold gently.
Now add remaining flour and remaining caramel and fold again.
Add in dry fruit mix and fold gently.
POur this in the prepared pan and bake for 40 to 45 mins.
Remove it and let it cool. Now invert it and peel off the parchment.
Slice and serve.
|Take all your dry fruits|
|chop them up finely|
|take it in a bowl|
|Pour in some rum|
|Toss well and soak it for a day..I soaked it for 2 days|
|Now it is soaked|
|Take your other ingredients|
|line two tins with parchment and |
butter it on the sides and bottom
|Take sugar in a sauce pan|
|heat it on low to medium heat..it will slowly start to crystalize|
|keep cooking..the sugar will start to melt|
|now it has started getting little colour|
|Now it has reached the perfect colour|
|take it off the stove and add water in it..First the syrup will crystalize, when you keep heating it will melt again|
|mix well..now caramel syrup is done|
|take the soaked dry fruits in a bowl|
|Add 2 tblspn of flour to it|
|toss well and set aside|
|along with baking soda|
|and baking powder|
|sieve the whole thing|
|Add in all the spice powders|
|Take butter in a bowl|
|Add in sugar|
|use a beater to cream this up|
|now it is well creamed|
|Start adding eggs..first add two eggs|
|cream it up|
|Crack open three eggs|
|beat them up|
|Now add in half of the flour mix|
|half of the caramel|
|add in remaining flour mix|
|pour the remaining caramel|
|add in dry fruits|
|Pour this into the prepared pan|
|smooth it up|
|Bake it..It will look a little dark on top, but no issue..|
|once it is cooled a little, invert it|
|peel off the paper|
|slice and serve|