Plum Christmas Cake

Christmas special plum cake

Plum Christmas Cake

Christmas special plum cake

Category : Desserts, Cakes

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By Latha Nair

Published On: 07 Dec 2004

Rating: 4
60 Votes, 34 Reviews
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2 Hours
Served : 10
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Ingredients

Directions

Step 1

Dice the fruits and coat them with 3 tbsp of flour.

Step 2

Add rum and mix well.

Step 3

Keep this at room temperature over night.

Step 4

Dice or crush the nuts into small pieces.

Step 5

:- You can do these steps the day before you plan to make the cake.

Step 6

Place the eggs and butter at room temperature the night before you make the cake.

Step 7

Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.

Step 8

Measure and keep ready the flour, sugar and the flavorings.

Step 9

:- To make the caramel, use a white enameled pot, if you have one. The light surface will help to see exactly the caramelizing process. If you don¦t have one, use a medium saucepan.

Step 10

Place 1 cup of sugar in the saucepan and add 2 tbsp of water.

Step 11

Turn the stove to high and place the pan on the stove and let it boil.

Step 12

:- Don¦t stir the contents at all. As sugar melts and caramelizes, you may swirl the pan a bit once or twice.

Step 13

Within 7 - 10 mins, a cherry wood colored caramel forms.

Step 14

Immediately, remove the pan from the stove and very carefully add 1 cup of water to the caramel.

Step 15

:- You may hold the pan above the sink and slowly add the water, for it may splash.

Step 16

Stir the contents well to dissolve the caramel. Keep this aside.

Step 17

Sift flour and baking powder, a couple of times and keep ready.

Step 18

In a large container, whisk butter first and then add 4 cups of sugar and whisk again, until it is creamy.

Step 19

Add eggs and whisk well.

Step 20

Pour in the caramel syrup, the flavoring powders, salt and vanilla extract and mix everything together.

Step 21

Add the flour-baking powder mix and fold this in with a wooden or plastic spatula or spoon.

Step 22

When they are well mixed, add the candied fruits and nuts and mix again.

Step 23

Spoon this into a 10 inch non stick loaf pans.

Step 24

Bake for 1 hour at 350 degree F.

Step 25

:- You may line the pan with parchment paper or brown paper.

Step 26

:- Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the pan. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is done. If not, bake for another 10 - 15 mins and check again.

Step 27

Remove the cake from the oven and place it on a cooling rake.

Step 28

Pierce the cake with toothpick, and pour Brandy (about 3-4 tablespoon on each) on top and let it soak.

Step 29

:- This will enhance the flavor and gives a longer shelf life.

Step 30

Remove the cake from the pan only after it is allowed to cool completely.

Step 31

Before storing, cover the cake completely with wax paper first and then with aluminum foil and keep in the refrigerator.

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Paramuk

I followed this recipe this year; came out perfect!!!!!. with the same amount of ingredients, I got almost 11 lb cake. If any one picture of my cake, let me know or post your email, I will send it to you. Thanks and regards Paramuk

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Thomaa

The cake came out very well. I think we could try currants, and more cashew instead of dates and the cake will be more soft and moist. Thank you for posting the recipe.

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Blessen

My first cake, friends said tastes better than the one from shop. I made two cakes with 10" pan. First one burned because I kept the cake at the bottom of oven. kept the second one at top so came out perfect. I watched youtube videos for butter-sugar mixing. It helped me. Thank you.

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m.s.

This is the best Christmas cake I ever made. I only used 3 cups sugar and 3-4 lb butter. Thank you.

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bramha

I made it and for a first time it came out really well.

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Dr.Sarah johnson

Gr8 taste for the first time of my cake making...Really gud one to try..

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Tony

Excellent recipe, great to follow, easy to understand, i made it for Christmas and it came out very well, just need to relax and follow the recipe step by step.

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reshmi justin

Excellent! the cake came out perfect! thanks so much for sharing this recipe..

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John

Excellent cake. Thank you.

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Sharon

Missed the plum cake from India for many years and kept searching for a good recipe. Tried many others but they did not turn out too well. This was the first recipe where I got the right color and taste. Excellent and would definitely recommend it to friends. Thanks much Latha for sharing.

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Jaya

Thank you Latha!I followed your recipe and made this plum cake for Thanksgiving - turned out awesome by followed your recipe step by step.Thanks to you, I enjoyed my favorite cake with friends and family. Even though I made a lot of cake, it was gone in a jiffy!

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aruna

great recipie, i tried with half the ingredients and it came out really well. only problem was that the dry fruits setteled down even after dusting the raisins with flour. in case any one has a solution to this problem please advise.

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deepa

excellent!!!

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Christy

Hi, All This Recipe is very nice, The only difficulty was about the amount of flour and sugar. that means If they had given the amount in Lbs., that would have become nice out put. However the cake came out very excellent beyond my expectation, I was appreciated by many of my friends. I made the cake with the same amount mentioned in this site and got nearly 7kgm. Wow!!!!. Wonderful. If some one can give the amount of flour and sugar in Lbs, that would be a great help. thank you very much. Christy

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pravee

This is simply superb recipe. the cake was really yummy and soft that we couldnot stop munching it. if got finished off in a day;). Thank you very much for this excellent recipe

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Leah Anand

EXCELLENT!!! Thats what I have to say. Never baked cake so soft and yummy. Guys, if you are looking to bake a plum cake thats perfect ...this is it! I forgot to coat the rasins,nuts with all purpose flour, and am guessing thats why the rasins and nuts settled at the bottom of the cake. Also, instead of orange rind I added orange marmalade in one of the three cakes I baked that day....it turned out great as well! We have been living on that cake....thank u

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Nancy

I tried this for X-mas, came out really well. Excellent recipe.

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Sheena

This recipe was really yummy, I dint use the orange rind and the candied fruits, I used only raisins, cashews and dates and still turned out soft and tasted so delicious.Thank you so much !! Great recipe !

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Jay

Came out great!

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seema

Dear frnz, many of you have the query that why do we add brandy at last!!. The receipie itself says that brandy is added for shelflife. One speciality about this particular cake is that the more you keep them in refrigerator added with brandy, the more it taste. Every x-mas i do try this cake and my neighbours wonder how i prepared it.

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Titty Ciju

Thanks and it really worked well. But i need a receipe of the same cake but need to serve only 4 adults ie quarter of the above mentioned ingredients .How can resolve this issue?

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SS

The cake came out awesome. Thanks for the recipe !

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Shoba

Excellent recipe!!!! I baked for this christamas and it came out very good. I had guests home and they loved the cake. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

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jollyjacob

Excellent recipe for a cake, I try`d it. it was excellent.

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Nixon

I was little doubtful about 4 cups of sugar, but to my surprise the cake is excellento :-) I am going to share it with my friends at work.

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renjitha

The reason to add alcohol is to stay soft and it works for me

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suji

its was very good.everybody liked it.i have one ques. why to add brandy at last?i didnt find it that good!!!!! but still thankz for the recipe!!!!

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k.j. silvester

we hv taken only half portn.karugapatta n chukku podi, i think then it tastes more good isnt it madam tks rgds silvester

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monika

What is Candied fruits and orange and lemon peel .

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subbi

The cake came out ok. Not very tasty

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sonu

IT CAME out very well. my husband was surprised .

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Anju

Thank you so much for your recipe. You have put this together really well. Although I followed this recipe to the "T", I was dissapointed to see my cake burnt after 50 mins!!! So, one suggestion would be is to turn the temp. down to 325 F after 30 mins and then to 250 F after 40 mins till its done.

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papi

I tried it or Christmas.Did not add brandy for flavour.It came out very tasty.(more than bakery standard).Thank you.Everybody liked it.

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Sini

this cake has come out very well. thanks for the recipe.

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