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Friday, December 23, 2011

Kerala Plum Cake | Christmas Fruit Cake (Step by Step Pics)

     "WISHING ALL MY READERS & FRIENDS 
                  A MERRY CHRISTMAS''


Christmas is a perfect time for all bakes and cakes hit the most of all.Kerala Plum cake is one recipe is which I always miss after coming to US.I always had my mom's version of cake and liked it the most .But far away from parents and now as a parent ,I felt the necessity of baking this cake now.It was a real sweet one to impress everyone at home to bring back the memories of Kerala.This recipe is the true version of my mom 's recipe as she prepares it for Christmas each year but with slight variation in one or two steps though.The aroma of the cake with all spices is so good that it spreads in the room by the time you finish baking the cake.I prefer this cake the most to all other cake recipes even icing ones.I personally don't like the store brought plum cakes,but this really tastes great !!

(Have updated the old post with the latest pictures and step by step clicks,recipe remains the same with a few points )



Ingredients-
Dry Ingredients
all purpose flour(maida) - 2 cups
sugar 1 1/2 cups powdered

baking powder 1 1/2 tsp
baking soda 1/4 tsp

cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
cloves powdered-1/2 tsp
nutmeg 1/2 tsp
salt 1/4 tsp

Wet Ingredients
butter 1 3/4 stick (at room temperature)
eggs 4(yolks & whites separated & at room temperature)
vanilla essence 2 tsp 
milk or reserved wine from soaked dry fruits 2tbsp-4tbsp

To soak fruits
mixed dry fruits 1 1/2 cup (raisins,sultanas,dates,apricot,,dried cranberries,dried cherries,orange peel)
tutti fruity 1/3 cup
cashew nuts 1/3 cup
sliced almonds 1/3 cup
brandy/rum/wine -1/2 cup (I used the home made wine)


To caramelize
sugar 4tbsp(1/2 cup)-8 tbsp(1 cup)
milk/water  1/2 cup






Method-
To Soak fruits-
-Cut all the dry fruits into small pieces and then soak it in a clean dry bottle with wine/ rum/ brandy for minimum 1 day.Stir fruits once in a day or atleast shake the bottle every alternate day.The more you soak the more tastier it is,I usually soak a month before baking.

soaking fruits and nuts

-(This is an optional step)On the day of baking the cake,place the dry fruits in a air tight container in a  pressure cooker /idli mould and steam for 10 minutes.(I used a steel bowl with aluminium foil cover).Cool the fruits completely before mixing to the cake batter.If you are not steaming the fruits,then thaw the chopped dry fruits and nuts before mixing to the cake,reserve the wine if any left overs.

(left pic-steamed fruits n nuts,right pic- tossed with flour)


To Caramelize Sugar-
-Heat 4 tbsp-8tbsp of sugar in a pan(if you wish a darker color then go upto 8tbsp) on medium heat without adding any water or liquid.
-When the sugar starts to dissolve start stirring.Keep stirring till the syrup becomes thick and golden brown in color.
-At this point add half cup of the milk/water and keep stirring till the sugar is dissolved completely with milk and gives a coffee/chocolaty color.
-Put off the flame and cool it down completely before adding to the cake batter.

(left-sugar for caramelize,right- caramelized sugar)


Making the Cake-
-Prepare a cake tin lined with parchment paper and butter the sides of the pan.Pre heat oven to 340 degrees F /170 degrees C.
-Sift the flour twice or thrice with the powdered sugar( reserve half of the amount or add the whole amount of sugar with egg whites,omit adding here),salt,baking powder,baking soda,cinnamon powder,cloves powder,nutmeg powder.Whisk the dry ingredients(all purpose flour,baking powder,baking soda,spice powders and salt) with a hand whisker so that it is uniformly distributed.


-Blend the butter at room temperature till smooth in a bowl.Beat the egg yolks one by one with butter.Add vanilla essence and finally add caramelized sugar.Add the dry flour mix in 3 batches to incorporate well.The batter may look thick,add in 2tbsp milk or reserved wine from soaked dry fruits if required to get the batter right.

(left to right-1.flour mixed with spice powders,salt,baking powder and baking soda 2. flour mixing with butter egg mixture & adding caramelized sugar 3.adding more flour 4.the thick cake batter)

-Toss the steamed fruits in 2 tbsp of flour in another bowl,mix well (helps prevent fruits settling at the  bottom of cake).Add the fruits and nuts to the batter,mix well with a spatula to combine.

mixing fruits and nuts to batter
 
-Beat the egg whites in a grease free bowl with the addition of reserved half of powdered sugar until stiff peaks form(takes 4-5 minutes).Fold in half the egg whites in the batter without much deflating the air gently with a spatula.Add the remaining egg whites and fold in gently until there are no visible white streaks in batter.

(left to right-1.egg whites at room temp,2.meringue(egg white beaten with powdered sugar,3.folding egg whites,4.batter ready)

-Pour it in to the prepared cake tray and place in oven,bake for 1 1/2 hours - 1 3/4 hours.(mine took 1 hour 20 minutes)

1.poured in cake pan2.baked cake 3.inverted to cool

-Cool on wire rack for 30 minutes and then run a knife through the sides,invert on a wire rack.Leave to cool completely before storing.Tightly wrap in plastic wraps and cover with aluminium foil or leave in ziploc bags or air tight bags.I bake a week ahead and leave at room temperature till Christmas(don't refrigerate).The cake can be brushed with rum/brandy everyday to feed the cake till Christmas,but I generally avoid doing that.(You can microwave the cake for a few seconds before serving just to soften the chilled butter esp if you live in winter affected areas,tastes yum.)


(9" round cake -updated post)




Servings 8" * 8" * 2.2" square cake or 9" * !.7" round cake

NOTES-
* I had used a glass bakeware,please adjust your oven timings accordingly.But please start checking the cake in oven after 1 hour.Don't open the oven before that else the cake will not fluff up well and tend to be hard.Insert a tooth pick in the center and check whether its done.
* If you are using 8 tbsp(1 cup) sugar to caramelize then add 1.5 cups of powdered sugar to the cake.Don't burn the sugar while caramelizing.Be careful not to burn your hands either as it will be very hot and can cause burns.Add in the milk/water at the right time during caramelizing other wise it may get crystallized and tend to become hard.Don't over caramelize the sugar and don't stir with a spoon until the sugar is dissolved else the sugar gets crystallized and hard.Using 4tbsp of sugar yield a lighter color to the cake.
*If caramelized sugar tends to become hard after cooling,then heat it lightly.Cool and add to cake batter.
*The fruits can be soaked months before,it tastes great.I generally soak a month before.
*Store the cake in air tight containers in room temperature.Don't refrigerate.Wrap in foil papers and store in ziplog bags.







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46 comments:

Square Meals said... Best Blogger Tips

Very festive looking! Nicely done :-)

Aparna from Square Meals

Mahi said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice cake! Merry X-max to you and your family!

Balvinder ( Neetu) said... Best Blogger Tips

You have to soak the dry fruits for one week. I have never tasted this. I really want to try this. happy Christmas to you and your family.

simran said... Best Blogger Tips

looks amazing!...............this and the wine..what a perfect christmas!

Loveforfood said... Best Blogger Tips

awesome.. perfect for me.

Chandrani said... Best Blogger Tips

Fruit cake looks awesome and inviting...

Paaka Shaale said... Best Blogger Tips

The plum cake looks very rich and delicious. Very well presented as well :)

Kaveri said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfectly baked plum cake Julie..You are rocking!

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Yummy and truly Festive Bake Dear.Merry Christmas to U.

faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

its really awesome..............moist n luks so delicious

PrathibhaSreejith said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow Julie, The Kerala plum cake is my fav too and I have been planning to make this for the Christmas. Hopefully I'll make it by tomorrow, this luks perfect dear. Very well done :)

Ambika said... Best Blogger Tips

The cake looks fabulous and so perfect!! Loved the simple recipe, Merry Christmas! Just found your page and I'm so glad I did :)

Neetz said... Best Blogger Tips

wow!! that cke looks so superb!! i would definitely have grabbed the whole tray!! :)

Lavanya Selvaraj said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect looking plum cake. Looks so delicious.

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Deeksha said... Best Blogger Tips

Super delicious cake.
Merry X-mas to you and your family.
Cheers

Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

wow, i love plum cake, kothiyavunu Julie..dnt knw if i will ever attempt to make this cake :) Great job !! Mom's recipes are always the best. Merry Christmas to u too :)

Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely clicks too with the decorations.. :)

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Omg, wat a fabulous plum cake, looks super prefect for this festive season.

Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

Merry Christmas to you and Family. Plum cake looks simply mouthwatering.

Deepa
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Raksha said... Best Blogger Tips

loved the plum cake

Rashida shaikh said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks Super :)
Nice Clicks too...

deepsrecipes said... Best Blogger Tips

Mouth watering cake,Juls..


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Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice texture and so moist!


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Sonali Pradhan said... Best Blogger Tips

fruit cake looks delicious dear.....wishing u n ur family a merry christmas :-)

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Dr.Sameena Prathap said... Best Blogger Tips

wow...cake looks so moist and yummy...:)lovely recipe...:)

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Jaleela said... Best Blogger Tips

Plum cake looks tempti julie.

Recipe world said... Best Blogger Tips

Plum cake looks yummy!! Merry Christmas to you and your family :)

Jay said... Best Blogger Tips

wow...cake looks marvellous..
merry christmas n happy holidays dear..;)
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Biny Anoop said... Best Blogger Tips

hey perfect for xmas....

Uma said... Best Blogger Tips

The cake turned out super good. Merry Christmas to you Julie. Enjoy the holidays.

Rachana said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a flavourful and delicious cake. Happy Holidays!

Sensible Vegetarian said... Best Blogger Tips

Superb bake Julie, perfectly done.

Torviewtoronto said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious looking fruit cake
happy holidays to you and family

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Gayathri NG said... Best Blogger Tips

Soft n moist cake, looks awesome!!

Roshu said... Best Blogger Tips

Ma fav !!!

Zareena said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks very very yummy, soft and moist.

Indu said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks moist and light! Hope you had a merry xmas

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Teena Mary said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome recipe!! Loved it Julie :)

Roshni said... Best Blogger Tips

this is very nostalgic cake to me. used to buy it from the bakery round the corner from our house. comes in the small rectangle wrapped like a chocolate :-) glad to have found your site

Teena Mary said... Best Blogger Tips

I really appreciate your participation for my event with your special treats! Thank you so much !

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

This is the 1st time dat i m baking a cake! Can u pls tell me dat wat do v need 2 do wid d caramilzed sugar? is it 2 b used as icing 4 d cake? also, can u pls tell me d idealsize of d baking pan 4 d cake? m worried dt i myt nt buy a very big one n effect d thickness of d cake!

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx all :-)
@ Priya: Thanx for mentioning dear,I missed listing in the step..will edit now.The caramelised sugar is to be mixed with the cake batter once completely cooled down.The cake pan that I used is a square one 8*8,You can use a similar round one as well(almost the same(Just see your batter should be poured till 2/3rd of the pan)
Just a suggestion-If you are trying baking for the first time then I think you should omit the caramelisation because that really requires a little experience..You can add dark brown sugar instead of that and adjust the granulated sugar to this (1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup granulated sugar)
Caramelisation is for giving the dark color,if you omit that you get a regular cake colour with all other perfection..Do try n let me know too,how it turned out!!
Thanx for dropping in Priya!!

Sharans Samayalarai said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfectly baked cake... looks so soft and tempting.. one of my fav cake..



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Veena Theagarajan said... Best Blogger Tips

so yummy cake.. I wish I have a slice of it.. Merry christmas and new year! happy holidays
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Padhu said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks gorgeous!