Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Fruit & Rum Cake

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Wish you all a FUNtastic New Year!!

First of Jan!! Loads of dreams opening up for the coming year and that's the day all folks enjoy by partying hard. 

My way of celebration was sitting back at home, awake until 12, softly wishing my beloved, going to a temple, visiting an orphanage and of course baking for my family :) It definitely was a picture perfect day :)

Though I don't drink alcohol, the sound of it in any dish like 'Rum and raisin icecream' would definitely excite me a bit. So does it for my hubby who requested me to make a Rum and Raisin cake. Hence I soaked my fruits in Rum and tatadaaaaa my delicious Fruit and Rum cake was the best cake I have ever baked :) Collars up when my hubby and other at home loved it :P

That's a beautiful beginning and wish its happily ever after! :P

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Ingredients:

Cherries - 1/4 cup
Tutty Fruity - 1/4 cup
Raisins - 1/4 cup
Candied orange peel - 4 peels
Dried and Candied berries and mango strips - 1/4 cup
Dried Black currants - 1/4 cup
Dark Rum - 1/2 cup
Butter - 1 cup
Brown sugar - 1 cup
Eggs - 2
Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp
Caramelized sugar syrup - 3 tblsp
Milk - 1/4 cup
All purpose flour (Maida) - 1 cup
Cinnamon powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Cooking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Macadamia nuts - 1/4 cup
Walnuts - 1/4 cup

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Method:

Chop all the fruits and candied berries into small pieces and soak it in rum for a day or more. I soaked mine in a bottle for a week. :) Rum can be replaced by apple juice for people who do not prefer alcohol. 

Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C. 

Chop all the nuts coarsely.

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add one egg at a time and beat well. Mix in the vanilla essence. 

Sift maida, cinnamon powder, garam masala powder, salt and cooking soda together. 

Fold in the sifted flour by 3 parts into the butter sugar mixture. 

Now take sugar in a dry pan and add just few drops of water. Allow the sugar to melt and caramelize into dark caramel. 

Add the caramel and milk alternatively to the batter and mix well. 

Finally mix in the chopped nuts and soaked fruits along with the rum to the batter. 

Grease and flour a 8 inch round pan. 

Transfer the batter to the baking pan and bake at 180°C for 45 - 50 mins or until wooden tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool on wire rack for 15 mins.


Slice, serve and enjoy :)

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Written by: Nithya
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5 comments:

Uma Ramanujam said...

Nice cake for a nice beginning Nithya. Happy New year...

Praveen said...

Love this cake. My fav.

Ramya Krishnamurthy said...

Yummy cake.Happy new year nithya

Hari Chandana P said...

Very gorgeous cake.. looks great!

Sathya Priya said...

wow a simply superb cake ..Love ur clicks as well.

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