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Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Plum Cake | Alcohol Free Cake

Christmas Plum Cake
Baking a plum cake is my long time desire and I really love this cake a lot. Actual cake preparation starts one month before Christmas. Dry fruit and nuts are soaked in alcohol for one month. I have replaced alcohol with Orange juice. Below cake doesn't require any soaking time. Dried fruits and nuts are cooked in orange juice for few minutes before adding it to cake batter. Adapted this recipe from my dear friend Priya's Website Cook Like Priya.  Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing Indian version of alcohol free Christmas Plum Cake.

Preparation Time: 30 mins
Baking Time: 50 mins
Yields: 8 inch Cake.
Christmas Plum Cake | Alcohol Free Cake

Ingredients: 
Table 1: Cooking Dry fruits and Nuts
Fresh Orange Juice1/2 Cup
Orange Peel1 tbsp
Dry fruits
(Dates, Dried Cranberries, Raisins)
1 Cup
Nuts
(Cashews, Walnuts, Almonds)
1 Cup

Table 2: For Caramel
Granulated Sugar1/2 Cup
Water(At room temperature)1/4 Cup

Table 3:
All purpose Flour1 1/4 Cup
Baking powder1 tsp
Nutmeg powder1/2 tsp
Dry Ginger powder | Sukku1/2 tsp
Cinnamon powder1/2 tsp
Cardamom powder1/2 tsp
Unsalted butter2 sticks (8 oz)
Brown Sugar1 Cup
Medium Size Eggs3
Vanilla Extract1 tsp

Instructions:

  • Heat fresh orange juice in a pan for 2 minutes.Add dry fruits and cook for 3 mins. Add orange peel, nuts and cook for 2 more mins in medium flame. Remove from stove and keep it ready.

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  • Heat 1/2 Cup Sugar in a pan. Allow it to cook in medium flame for 4 to 5 minutes till it turns dark golden brown. Switch off the stove. Don't burn the sugar. Carefully add 1/4 Cup water. Now the caramel will be harden. cook in low flame for around 7 minutes till the caramel is completely melted. Remove from stove and allow it to cool.

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  • Sift all purpose flour, baking powder, nutmeg powder, dry ginger powder, cinnamon powder and cardamom powder in a bowl.

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  • Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Line a 8 inch cake pan with parchment paper. Bring butter to room temperature. Add brown sugar and beat till it turns soft and fluffy.

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  •  Whisk 3 eggs and vanilla essence in a bowl till it turns fluffy.

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  •  Add the beaten eggs and vanilla extract to butter, sugar bowl. Add the dry ingredients (all purpose flour, baking powder and spice powders) and caramel. Fold it well.

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  • Lastly add the dried fruits and nuts. Mix well till combined. Pour it in the cake pan and bake in center of pre-heated oven for 50 to 55 minutes till the tooth pick inserted in center of cake comes clean.

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  • Allow it to cool in cooling rack for 15 minutes. Remove the cake from cooling rack and dust it with icing sugar using tea strainer.

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 Christmas Plum Cake | Alcohol Free Indian Version Cake
Christmas Plum Cake | Alcohol Free Indian Version Cake



Tips:
Use dry fruits and nuts of your choice.
Baking time varies depending on the oven. Start checking the cake from 45 minutes.
Using spice powders is highly recommended. I have freshly ground the spice powders before baking.
Brown sugar can be replaced with Granulated white sugar.
Orange peel can be replaced with Candied Orange peel. Personally I don't like candied orange peel. So used freshly grated orange peel.

13 comments:

  1. Delicious plum cake looks perfect love the alcohol free version.

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  2. Live fruit cakes this looks perfectly done. Nithya :)

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  3. So much to do yet worth it all the way. Its simple divine and definitely much loved during Christmas season.

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  4. yummy cake..personally, while as a child, i prefered the plum cakes like this..the lighter colour tone, than the darker ones.

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  5. wow yummy plum cake, wanna grab a slice..:)

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  6. Loved the cake...especially the fact that it's alcohol free..

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  7. Beautiful festive cake dear, those slices are so perfect :) thanks for trying my recipe, hope you all loved it :)

    hugs

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  8. Perfectly made nithya. Loved the non alcohol version

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  9. Perfectly baked Plum cake.. My all time favorite.. :)

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  10. so perfectly made and moist plum cake :) looks fantastic !!

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