Dec 21, 2015

Caramel Cake Recipe - Christmas Caramel Fruit Cake Recipe


I have been making different version of fruit cakes for each year. I was thinking what to make this year, i remembered the cake which i saw in karen's blog. And i was waiting to make that cake for a long time. Finally i made it few days back and it was delicious.



The cake is so simple to make and the flavour of the dark caramel just wafts through the cake which i love.I hope you will try this and enjoy your holidays..


Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..


Preparation Time : 15 mins
Baking Time : 1 hour
Makes : 10 to 12 slices
Recipe Source: Contemplation and Rumination

Ingredients:

All Purpose Flour / Maida - 200 grams / 1 3/4 cup
Unsalted Soft Butter - 200 grams / 1 cup
Sugar - 200 grams / 1 cup
Eggs - 4
Vanilla Essence - 1 tblspn
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Baking Soda / Cooking - 1/2 tsp
Dried Fruits and Nuts - 1 cup
Rum for soaking fruits

For Caramel :
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/4 cup

(My 1 cup measures 240 ml)

Method:

Two days before soak all your dried fruits and nuts in rum, you can soak them in orange juice as well.

On the day of baking. Start by preheating oven to 180 degree C. Grease a 8 inch round cake pan with oil and dust it with flour. Set aside.

Take the dried fruits and add two tblspn of flour. Toss well and set aside.

Now take flour, baking powder and baking soda in a sifter and sieve it well. Set aside.

Now take sugar in a sauce pan and cook it on medium high heat till it gets golden in colour. DOnt stir the caramel, just swirl the pan. Now when the caramel reaches the nice colour add in water and mix well. Set aside to cool down.

Now separate the egg, take egg white in a large bowl and whip it using a electric beater till stiff.

Take butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and whip till creamy. Add in egg yolks and whip again. 

Now add in half of the flour mix in and fold gently. Add in the cooled caramel and mix well. Now add in the remaining flour mix in and fold gently.

Finally add in 1/3rd of the egg white and fold well. Then add the final egg whites and fold very gently till it is nice and airy. 

Finally add in the flour tossed nuts and dried fruits and fold well.

Spoon this into the cake pan and bake for 1 hour or insert a toothpick to check whether the cake is done. 

Remove it and cool completely.

Now slice and serve

Pictorial:
Take all your ingredients


Grease a round cake pan with oil and dust it with flour... set aside
I soaked these mixed dried fruits and nuts in rum for 2 days


sprinkle some flour over it


toss well and set aside


take flour in a sifter


add in baking soda and baking powder


sieve it well and set aside
Now lets make the caramel...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
Now lets prepare the eggs


separate the eggs


take yolk in a small bowl and whites in a large bowl


beat the egg whites till stiff


it will rise and gets stiff


done..set aside

take butter in a bowl


add in sugar


use a beater to whip it up


now it is creamy


add in egg yolks


add in vanilla..you can add some rum or brandy in this as well


whip again


add in half of the flour mix in


fold gently


add in caramel


add in the remaining flour mix in


fold gently


now add in some egg white in


fold gently..this will lighten the batter


now add remaining egg whites in


fold gently


now add in the dried fruits and nuts


give once final mix


spoon the batter in


spread it evenly


bake till done


cool it and unmould it 


slice the top using a serrated knife


slice and serve


So soft and so spongy

18 comments:

  1. hi Aarthi,
    First of all I am a huge fan of your blog.Your blog has helped me through the difficult times I had in cooking, during the initial stages of marriage.I just wanted to ask you whether the orange juice that you have mention is a substitute for rum if not could you please suggest one?

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  2. Hi aarthi,
    If we soak the dry fruits in orange juice should that be kept in refrigerator or should we leave that bowl out..
    If we keep it out does that soaking mixture gets spoiled? Orange juice can be kept outside for 2 days?

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  3. @vinuYou can use orange juice. In that case store that in fridge

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  4. If the dry fruits are not soaked in rum, will the cake get the exact taste like store bought plum cake?

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  5. Can u tell the quantity of rum to soak 1 cup of dry fruits

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  6. @Anonymoussoaking in rum will make it taste like stor bought.

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    1. you can use any type of rum as you prefer

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  8. Can I skip so soaking dry fruits in rum?? Can I simply add dry fruits? Thanks in advance!!

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  9. Can I skip soaking dry fruits in rum? Can I simply add dry fruits to the batter? Thanks in advance!!

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    1. u can soak it in orange juice. soaking it will make the dried fruits soft. else it will be hard

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  10. Can we do this in cooker

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  11. Can v use oil instead of butter?

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