kerala style plum cake

kerala style plum cake with step by step photos. one easy and tasty recipe for making a kerala style fruit cake without eggs and alcohol.

we love fruit cakes. so no wonder, i already have two eggless fruit cakes posted on the blog – wine cake and fruit cake. this year i wanted to share an eggless version of a kerala style plum cake. one major difference in this and the other fruit cakes, is the addition of caramel. this does give a nice brown color to the cake.

eggless fruit cake recipe

this kerala style plum cake is made without alcohol. i have made this cake both with fresh orange juice and apple juice on various occasions. soak the dry fruits in either of the juice overnight in the fridge. with orange juice, you need not worry as the cake does not become bitter.

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i have used organic apple juice and 100% whole wheat flour (atta) for the cake. so this is a healthy bake. the amount of sugar and oil added is also not too much. the sweetness of the dates, golden raisins and black currants used in the recipe, compensates for less sugar being added.

to make the caramel syrup for this kerala plum cake, i did check the method on nag’s blog. preparing the caramel is not difficult. so don’t worry on that. just cook the sugar+water on a low flame and keep on stirring often.

this kerala plum cake is soft, moist and crumbly. the recipe yields about 1 kg of cake. i have used an 8-inch round pan. though you can even use a loaf pan with 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 dimensions.

do use dry fruits & nuts of your choice, but do not skip on the candied orange peels. these give lovely bitter notes in some bites while savoring the cake.

how to make kerala style plum cake

soaking dry fruits

1. take all the dry fruits and nuts in a bowl. i just rinse them once or twice and then drain them very well. if you want you can rinse them.

dry fruits for eggless fruit cake recipe

2. now finely chop all of them and collect in a mixing bowl.

dry fruits for eggless fruit cake recipe

3. add the apple juice.

juice for eggless fruit cake recipe

4. mix very well. allow the fruits to soak in the apple juice for a day. keep covered in the fridge.

making eggless fruit cake recipe

5. this is the dry fruits + apple juice mixture the next day. bring this to room temperature before you proceed with the recipe.

making eggless fruit cake recipe

preparing caramel solution

6. in a saucepan, take ½ cup sugar (100 grams) and 2 tbsp water.

sugar for kerala style fruit cake recipe

7. mix and stir very well. keep this pan on the stove top on a low flame. i used organic unrefined cane sugar.

sugar for kerala style fruit cake recipe

8. bring this sugar solution to a boil on a low flame. you will see the mixture bubbling initially.

making eggless kerala style christmas fruit cake

9. continue to cook and do keep on stirring often.

making eggless kerala style christmas fruit cake

10. at one point it might look that the sugar is getting crystallized.

making eggless kerala style christmas fruit cake

11. continue to cook and stir frequently.

making eggless kerala style christmas fruit cake

12. the pale brown color is still there.

making eggless kerala style christmas fruit cake

13. continue to cook and stir and you will see the color changing to a dark brown.

making eggless kerala style christmas fruit cake

14. here the caramelization process has started. since i was also handling the camera, i stopped here fearing that the caramel should not get burnt. the color should become a little more brown and you will also get the caramel aroma.

making eggless kerala style christmas fruit cake

15. remove the pan from the stove top and place it down. immediately add 1 cup water to the caramel. be careful while doing so as the mixture splutters.

making eggless kerala style christmas fruit cake

16. the caramel will harden as soon as you pour the water. keep the saucepan back on the stove top on a low flame. stir often and bring to a gentle simmer till all the hardened caramel is dissolved. do stir often so as to aid in dissolving the caramel.

making eggless kerala style christmas fruit cake

17. below is the caramel liquid. let this caramel solution cool completely. filter this solution and keep aside. you can see the impurities from the unrefined sugar in the picture below. you can also use brown sugar instead of preparing the caramel solution. then just dissolve the brown sugar in 1 cup water and proceed to the next step – 18.

making eggless kerala style christmas fruit cake

18. once the caramel solution has cooled down, add ⅓ cup oil. i used olive oil. you can also use sunflower oil or melted butter. if using melted butter than add it when the caramel solution turns warm.

making eggless kerala style christmas fruit cake

19. mix the oil with the caramel solution very well.

making eggless kerala style christmas fruit cake

20. next add 1.5 tbsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. i used lemon juice. you can also use regular white vinegar. mix again very well.

making eggless kerala style christmas fruit cake

making cake batter

21. grease an 8 inch round pan very well with oil or butter. also preheat the oven at 180 degrees celsius/356 degrees fahrenheit, 15 mins before you bake.

greased cake pan

22. in a seive, take 2 cups whole wheat flour/atta (240 grams), 1 tsp baking soda, ½ tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp cinnamon powder, ¼ tsp nutmeg powder, ⅛ tsp clove powder and ½ tsp cardamom powder (optional).

flour for kerala style fruit cake recipe

23. sift all the dry ingredients. keep aside.

ingredients for kerala style fruit cake recipe

24. next add the soaked dry fruits + apple juice mixture to the sifted dry ingredients.

making eggless kerala style fruit cake recipe

25. with a spatula just mix lightly.

making eggless kerala style fruit cake recipe

26. add the caramel solution.

making eggless kerala style fruit cake recipe

27. finish off the entire caramel solution in one go.

making eggless kerala style fruit cake recipe

28. now fold the flour ingredients with the caramel solution. don’t mix. to see how folding is done, you can check this youtube video.

making eggless kerala style fruit cake recipe

29. fold to a smooth batter. if the batter looks thick, then you can add some more water.

making eggless kerala style fruit cake recipe

baking kerala style plum cake

30. pour the batter in a prepared pan. gently shake and tap the pan so as to even out the batter.

making eggless kerala style fruit cake recipe

31. place the pan in a preheated oven and bake the cake at 180 degrees celsius//356 degrees fahrenheit for 1 hour or 1 hour:15 minutes. the tooth pick should come out clean and dry when inserted in the cake. this cake has to be baked very well. if the top gets browned too much, then cover with an aluminium foil and bake. baking time varies with various brands and models of oven. so do keep a check. in case you remove the cake and find that it has not baked and has a sticky or too moist a texture, then keep the cake back in the pan and continue to bake.

making eggless kerala style fruit cake recipe

32. here’s the base of the cake. i was in a hurry and while the cake was still hot, i removed it from the pan. result is a crack on the base. do remove the cake gently from the pan once it becomes warm or cools down. all the time, keep the pan while cooling on a baking rack.

making eggless kerala style fruit cake recipe

33. you can sift some powdered sugar on top of the cake to hide the cracks on the top. slice and serve the eggless kerala style plum cake. the cake can also be refrigerated. it keeps good for 10 to 12 days in the fridge. i sliced the cake in slices and stored the slices in an airtight box.

eggless kerala plum cake recipe

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Kerala Style Plum Cake

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one easy and tasty recipe for making a kerala style plum cake without eggs and alcohol. in the cake recipe, apple juice is used instead of alcohol. 
eggless plum cake recipe, kerala christmas fruit cake recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:1 d
Cook Time:1 hr 15 mins
Total Time:1 d 1 hr 15 mins
Course:desserts
Cuisine:world
Servings (change the number to scale):1 kg
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

to be mixed and soaked overnight

  • 25 grams walnuts or ¼ cup walnuts
  • 15 to 20 grams golden raisins (raisins) or 2 tablespoon golden raisins
  • 20 grams black currants or 2 tablespoon black currants
  • 30 grams cashews or ¼ cup cashews (kaju)
  • 100 grams dates or ½ cup dates ( i used 7 kimia dates)
  • 25 grams almonds (badam) or 2 tablespoon almonds
  • 20 grams pistachios (pista) or 2 tablespoon pistachios
  • 25 grams glazed cherries 8 to 10 glazed cherries
  • 40 to 45 grams candied orange peels
  • 1 cup apple juice

dry ingredients

  • 2 cup whole wheat flour levelled (atta) or 240 grams whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder (dalchini powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder or grated nutmeg (jaiphal powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder (choti elaichi powder)
  • 1/8 teaspoon clove powder (lavang powder)

for caramel

  • ½ cup sugar or 100 grams sugar
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup water

wet ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil, can also use sunflower oil
  • 1.5 tablespoon lime or lemon juice or vinegar (apple cider or regular vinegar)

INSTRUCTIONS

soaking dry fruits

  • take all the dry fruits and nuts in a bowl. i just rinse them once or twice and then drain them very well. if you want you can rinse them.
  • now finely chop all of them and collect in a mixing bowl.
  • add the apple juice and mix very well.
  • allow the fruits to soak in the apple juice for a day. keep covered in the fridge.
  • bring the dry fruits + apple juice mixture to room temperature before you proceed with the recipe.

preparing caramel

  • in a sauce pan, take 1/2 cup sugar (100 grams) and 2 tbsp water.
  • mix and stir very well. keep this pan on the stove top on a low flame. i used organic unrefined cane sugar.
  • bring this sugar solution to a boil on a low flame. you will see the mixture bubbling initially.
  • continue to cook and do keep on stirring often.
  • at one point it might look that the sugar is getting crystallized.
  • continue to cook and stir frequently till you see the color changing to a dark brown. switch off at this point.
  • remove the pan from the stove top and place it down. immediately add 1 cup water to the caramel. be careful while doing so, as the mixture splutters.
  • the caramel will harden as soon as you pour the water. keep the saucepan back on the stove top on a low flame. stir often and bring to a gentle simmer till all the hardened caramel is dissolved. do stir often so as to aid in dissolving the caramel.
  • let this caramel solution cool completely.
  • once the caramel has cooled down, add 1/3 cup oil. i used olive oil. you can also use sunflower oil or melted butter. if using melted butter than add it when the caramel solution turns warm.
  • mix the oil with the caramel solution very well.
  • next add 1.5 tbsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. i used lemon juice. you can also use regular white vinegar. mix again very well.

preparing cake batter

  • grease a 8 inch round pan very well with oil or butter. also preheat the oven at 180 degrees celsius before 15 mins you bake.
  • in a seive, take 2 cups whole wheat flour/atta (240 grams), 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder, 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder, ⅛ tsp clove powder and 1/2 tsp cardamom powder (optional).
  • sift all the dry ingredients.
  • next add the soaked dry fruits + apple juice mixture to the sifted dry ingredients.
  • with a spatula just mix lightly.
  • add the caramel solution.
  • now fold the flour ingredients with the caramel solution to a smooth batter.

baking kerala style plum cake

  • pour the batter in a prepared pan.
  • gently shake and tap the pan so as to even out the batter.
  • place the pan in a preheated oven and bake the cake at 180 degrees celsius for 1 hour or 1 hour:15 minutes. the tooth pick should come out clean and dry when inserted in the cake. this cake has to be baked very well. if the top gets browned too much, then cover with an aluminium foil and bake. baking time varies with various brands and models of oven.
  • you can sift some powdered sugar on top of the cake to hide the cracks on the top. slice and serve the cake. the cake can also be refrigerated. it keeps good for 10 to 12 days in the fridge. sliced the cake in slices and stored the slices in an airtight box.

NOTES

nutrition info is per 1 slice of cake. 

NUTRITION INFO (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Kerala Style Plum Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 98mg4%
Potassium 237mg7%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 4IU0%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Vitamin E 2mg13%
Vitamin K 5µg5%
Calcium 30mg3%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 15µg4%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 51mg13%
Phosphorus 132mg13%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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98 comments/reviews

  1. The cake came out perfectly . I baked this for 1hr. I should have covered the cake after 45-50mins because it cracked quite a bit on top but the taste was great and the sweetness was just perfect. I tried to do caramel (with white sugar) as given in the recipe but it didn’t workout for me and I didn’t want to waste the sugar syrup so I took 1 cup of that sugar syrup added 60gms brown sugar to it. Let it cool and followed the remaining steps.

    So so thank you for this recipe.

    • thank you for the detailed comment and positive feedback on this cake recipe. yes, making caramel can be tricky. what you did to replace the caramel was a really good idea. thanks again and happy baking.