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Fruit Cake

this egg free fruit cake is a light, moist, crumbly christmas fruit cake. this is also an eggless and vegan recipe of christmas fruit cake. 
Prep Time1 d
Cook Time1 hr 45 mins
Total Time1 d 1 hr 45 mins
Course: desserts
Cuisine: world
Servings: 1 large cake
Author: Dassana Amit

Ingredients

for soaking in rum

  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup black raisins (seedless)
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup chopped candied orange peels or candied citrus peels
  • 8 dry apricots
  • 8 to 9 dates
  • ¼ cup tutti frutti
  • 2 tablespoons dry cherries or glazed cherries
  • 1 cup rum or 1 cup fresh orange juice or apple juice

for making fruit cake batter

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour or 187 grams
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or 120 grams
  • 1.5 cups demerara sugar or brown sugar or powdered sugar or 250 grams demerara or brown sugar or 250 grams powdered sugar
  • 1 cup oil or melted butter or 250 ml
  • 1 cup soy milk or any nut milk or dairy milk or 250 ml
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider or regular vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

the spice mix for cake

  • 2 inches cinnamon
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 2 all spice
  • teaspoon grated nutmeg or nutmeg powder, about 2 to 3 pinches of nutmeg powder
  • 2 cloves - optional

Instructions

soaking the dry fruits

  • firstly chop all the dry fruits and take them in a bowl or a jar. pour rum in the bowl or jar.
  • cover and let the dry fruits soak for 12 or 24 hours.
  • in between stir or shake so that all the dry fruits get soaked properly.

other preparation

  • in a dry grinder, grind the "whole spices" (or spice mix mentioned above in ingredients section). keep aside.
  • prepare a loaf pan or a round cake pan by greasing it very well with oil. 
  • you can also line the pan with butter paper.
  • preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.

making fruit cake batter

  • sieve the flours, baking powder and the powdered spice mix.
  • add the soaked dry fruits along with the leftover rum. 
  • add oil and demerara sugar. also add vanilla extract. mix well.
  • in a bowl or mug add soy milk. now add apple cider and stir gently.
  • add baking soda and stir. add this frothing mixture to the cake batter.
  • stir and mix quickly but uniformly. 

baking fruit cake

  • shake the pan lightly so that the cake batter is spread evenly throughout the whole pan.
  • pour in the cake pan.
  • bake the cake in the preheated oven for 180 degrees celsius for 50 minutes to 70 minutes or more or less depending on your type of oven. 
  • either wrap the christmas fruit cake in a cling film or store in a container.

Notes

tips for making fruit cake

  1. if the top of the cake browns quickly, then cover the top with butter paper or aluminium foil.
  2. instead of soy milk you can use dairy milk or nut milk.
  3. instead of oil you can use butter.
  4. do add the candied peels as they really add some bitter notes to the cake which is otherwise sweet and this is what makes the christmas fruit cake different from a regular fruit cake.
  5. the dry fruits mixture can be soaked in orange juice instead of rum. you can also use a half half mixture of rum and wine if you want.
  6. if using orange juice then just soak for 1 day only and keep the bowl in the fridge. if kept outside even for 1 day in a warm climate like that of india, the orange juice will get spoilt.
  7. the fruit cake can also be completely made with whole wheat flour (atta) or all purpose flour (maida).