Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Fruit Cake/Kerala Plum Cake

At-last that day came, you meant to ask me which day? That is when I got some Rum....
Hey please don't think it the other way, I don't drink. I wanted to make this Christmas cake by soaking dry fruits in Brandy/Rum/Wine - the traditional way and I have been pleading my hubby to get some from almost two weeks. I do drive and get grocery's but I felt awkward to step into a liquor store even though no body around here 'really care' about it. It is 'Happy Holidays' every where around but my hubby had been very busy with his work. Thankfully he got me some Rum a day before Christmas and I made this Cake on Christmas morning by soaking dry fruits for around 12-16 hours.


You may avoid soaking them in liquor to make it liquor free, the taste may vary though but I assure you - the cake will not go wrong. I had made the same cake - liquor free version for last Christmas season and it had come out good too. This Christmas I made this fruit cake the traditional way, you can soak the fruits for couple of days more. For me I don't need any particular season to bake it, we enjoy them any time as teatime snack as well but of Course 'Christmas' time is the best to bake them as well. A hot cup of masala Chai and a piece or two(many times it won't stop in 2 pieces ha ha) of this plum cake is perfect for my hubby. I have already got the order to bake some more from him as he says 'Christmas time you should have baked at-least  4' as I baked 2 of them and took one for the X'mas party at our friend's place. So Enjoy baking  'Kerala Plum Cake/Christmas Fruit Cake'.

  1. All purpose flour - 2 cups + 3 tbsp
  2. Powdered sugar - 2 cups
  3. Baking powder - 2 tsp
  4. Salt a pinch
  5. Pumpkin Pie Spice - 1 tsp(It contains Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, Allspice, you can grind a small piece of cinnamon, 6 cloves, 1 nutmeg and use it as well)
  6. Butter at room temperature - 1 cup
  7. Egg - 3
  8. Vanilla Essence
  9. Brandy/Rum/wine- 1/2 cup
  10. Dry Fruit s- 1 1/2 to 2 cups(I used chopped dates, tutti fruity, sliced almonds)
  11. Black raisins - 1/4 cup
  12. Glazed Cherries/Maraschino cherries few chopped(preferably glazed cherries, I used maraschino since I didn't have glazed one's) - 1/4 cup
  13. Chopped cashews - 1/4 cup
  14. Grated orange peel - 1 tsp(I microwaved it for 1 minute to get a dry peel, ie optional)
  15. Freshly squeezed Orange Juice - 1 cup
  16. Lemon Juice - 1 tsp
  17. Sugar 1/4 cup
  18. Water - 3/4 cup
Last two ingredients are for Black Color Sugar Caramel. This add dark color to this cake

Preparation Method:-
  • Chop the dry fruits and soak them in Brandy/Wine/Rum along with raisins and cashews for 12 hours or more if possible
  • To make the black caramel - Boil the water and keep. Heat up a thick bottom pan and add 1/4 cup sugar to it. Keep stirring on med-high heat. First they start sticking, then they caramelize to brown sauce and then start getting black. When they turn black add boiling water and stir well and switch off the stove. Stir well till the black caramel mix evenly with water and set aside. 
  • Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside
  • Squeeze out orange juice from 2-3 oranges and strain. You need around 1 cup of juice. Set aside.


  • In a large bowl, add the butter and powdered sugar till creamy . 
  • Separate the egg yolks and whites. Beat the egg yolks well till they turn lemon yellow and creamy.
  • Add this to the butter-sugar mix and beat well to blend.
  •  Add the sifted flour to the above batter little by little and mix well.
  • Beat the egg white till fluffy, do not need to whip the egg whites. Fold in this to the above batter with a spatula or spoon gently.
  • Pour in the caramel, orange juice, vanilla extract, orange peel, pumpkin pie spice, chopped cherries and fold in everything very gently with a spatula.


  • Toss the soaked dry fruits with 3 tbsp all purpose flour so that they do not sink in the bottom of the batter. Add it to the above prepared batter and fold in gently and evenly.

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 Degree Farenheit.
  • Grease two 8" cake pans with butter or cooking spray. Pour the batter into the pan and pat the pan on the kitchen counter top slightly two three times to remove air bubbles formed if any.
  • Bake it for 45-50 minutes or until a sharp knife or cake tester inserted comes out clean. Enjoy!!!

Note: - You can sprinkle little bit of powdered sugar before you serve if desired only. Adjust the sweetness according to the sweetness you need.

Sending this Christmas Delicacy Event hosted by Julie @ Erivum Puliyum.

And Jingle All The Way Event hosted by Kavi @ Edible Entertainment

Also sending this to Sinful Delights hosted by Vardhini @ Zesty Palette

And sending this to ABC Series: Cakes for Christmas Event hosted by Ramya @ Ramya's Recipe

and off this go to Bake Fest #2 hosted by Sangeetha Vijay @ Spicy Treats
Also to Let's Bake and Be Merry hosted by Radhika @ Tickling Palates
and also to Holiday Baking hosted by Sravani @ Srav's Culinary Concepts


  1. lovely cake.........pefectly done

  2. Loved this beautiful christmas cake dear...lovely color n delicious!!

  3. this is something different for me .. very nice one .. and thanks for the award .. merry christmas

  4. Cake looks awesome and lovely presentation. Thx for stopping by and introducing me to your lovely blog.

    Event: Sinful Delights
    Event: Stuffed Paratha

  5. awesome traditional xmas cake..and thanks for sending me so many entries :-)

  6. Super tempting cake,looks so nice.
    Happy Christmas to u n your family too...

  7. yummilicious n perfect dear..plum cake looks good..we all prefer this to icing cakes!
    Thanx a lot for linking it to my event
    Ongoing Event -Christmas Delicacy (15 Nov-31 Dec 2011)
    Erivum Puliyum

  8. nice traditional cake recipe Prathibha....and u r not at all late for the event...its on till 7th do send your entries as many as you can :)

  9. Perfect cake,looks soft and favorite

  10. same pinch..i too posted a plum cake recipe today :)cake looks yumm..
    Wishing you a happy newyear dear..

  11. cake looks awesome, so perfect and delicious..

  12. cake looks fabulous... perfect and delicious..

  13. Please grab the award which is waiting for u at my space……… z d link.

  14. Thanks a lot friends for stopping by and really appreciate your valuable comments and any feedback :)

  15. superb cake..The Rum flavour makes the cake delicious...i wanna eat :)

  16. superb cake...The Rum flavour makes the cake delicious..i love it..:)


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