Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fruit cake-Fruit cake recipe-Fruit Cake for Christmas

No Christmas is complete without a Christmas cake. So here I am with a delicious Kerala Fruit cake recipe. Although I know the basics of baking, I have never attempted to bake a fruit cake before. Now that Christmas is around the corner, I wanted to post this Christmas fruit cake recipe. So I asked my friend who is an expert in baking to call me when she bakes Fruit cake for Christmas. She has also taught me Chocolate cake and Wheat waffles before. My special thanks to her for making this fruit cake and for contributing this recipe to my blog for Christmas. Today we will learn how to make Kerala Fruit cake/Kerala Plum Cake following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Kerala Fruit Cake-Kerala Plum Cake Recipe

Kerala Fruit Cake-Kerala Plum Cake

 Prep Time : 20 mins
 Cook Time : 60 mins 
 Recipe CategoryCakes
 Recipe CuisineKerala

   Ingredients needed

   All purpose flour(Maida) - 250 grams
   Powdered sugar - 250 grams
   Margarine - 250 grams
   Egg white - 4
   Egg yolk - 5

   Dry fruits - 250 grams (mix of Dates, raisins, sultanas)
   Almonds and cashew nuts -50 grams (together)
   Tutti frutti -1 tbsp

   Sugar- 100 grams (to make 1 cup caramelized syrup)
   Grape Wine - 1/4 cup
   Orange juice- 1/4 cup
   Baking Powder - 1 tsp
   Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
   Spice powder - 1 tsp
(Mixture of cinnamon, cloves and cardamom)

   Vanilla essence - 1 1/2 tsp


Caramel Syrup preparation -

Place 100 grams of sugar in the saucepan.Turn the flames to high and place the pan on the stove. Let it boil .When sugar melts and becomes brown in colour, add half cup of water carefully. Stir it well and keep it aside. This is the caramel syrup.

Spice powder

Powder a little cinnamon, few cloves and cardamom together finely

Preparation of dry fruits

Soak finely chopped dates and raisins, sultanas in grape wine for 1 whole day. My friend had soaked it for 2 weeks but she told me it is enough to soak it for a day. Coat them with flour.

Then add finely chopped almonds, cashew nut, tutti frutti to it. Mix everything and keep it aside.We are coating it with flour, so that it will not settle at the bottom of the cake.

Sieve maida with baking powder, baking soda and spice mix thrice (3 times). Keep it aside .

Keep everything ready before starting to prepare the fruit cake, so that it will be easy for you. Now we have caramel syrup, dry fruits and nuts mixture, orange juice and vanilla essence ready below.

caramel syrup-dry fruits and nuts-orange juice-vanilla essence

Beat egg white until frothy and keep it ready.


1.Beat margarine well with an electric blender. ((If you cannot get margarine, use half butter and half dalda)

2.Add powdered sugar, little by little and beat well.

3.Then add egg yolk and beat well .

Now keep the electric blender aside .You don't need it any more.

4.Then add a little dry fruits coated with maida and mix gently with a ladle .

5.Now fold in a little flour.

6.Now add a little caramel syrup and mix gently with a ladle.

7.Then mix in a little egg white.

8.Then add orange juice and mix gently.

9.Now again start folding dry fruits followed by a little maida, little caramel syrup, followed by egg white. Repeat the above procedure in the same order with the remaining fruits, flour, caramel syrup and egg white. Gently mix.

10.Now add vanilla essence. Mix gently.

The cake mixture is ready.

Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 180 degree C. Grease the baking tray or line it with a butter paper. Pour the cake mixture into the tray. Avoid pouring too much in the center.

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hours at 180 degree C. Timings might change depending on the oven type.

Insert a tooth prick in the middle to check if the cake is done. If it comes out clean,then it is done otherwise bake it for some more time.

Storage and shelf life - Store it in an air tight container. This cake stays well at room temperature for 2 weeks and if refrigerated for more than a month.

Your fruit cake is ready. Decoration is by her 2 little daughters.

Wishes for a Wonderful and joy filled Christmas from Padhuskitchen

Meet you all again with more interesting recipes and tips, till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.


  1. Merry Xmas Padhu. That's a beautiful fruit cake, love the decoration.
    Happy weekend :)

  2. Awesome cake padhu. Will surely try this :)

  3. Hey,

    I just posted Plum cake in my blog this morning..:)Yours looks gorgeous...:)


  4. this is exactly how I bake mine too. looks delectable.

  5. perfect xmas cake...loved the step by step pics...very easy to understand

  6. awesome cake padhu...thx for the step by step pics..the cake lovely n yummy too..

  7. That is one lovely fruit cake! Super delicious looking ya! :D

    Merry Christmas! :D

  8. Happy christmas Padhu. The cake looks delicious

  9. Fruit cake looks delicious. Love it

  10. Wowwwwwww.. mouth watering cake.. looks awesome!!

  11. Extremely tempting and beautiful looking fruit cake Padhu, awesome dear..

  12. really appreciate that u shared such a detailed recipe! the cake got me into a festive mood! happy holidays to u and ur family!

  13. yummy and loved your detailed post...very helpful..

  14. loved the pics,it looks so yummy...

  15. very well displayed....beautiful cake!

  16. Hey Padhu..yours is an attractive blog that covers almost everything an Indian woman looks out for..thanks as well as all the best for that...can you tell alternative for grape wine.? it will be of much help to me..

  17. Thanks a lot Komal for your appreciation.There is no alternative for grape wine in this recipe.If you cannot get that, skip that and try this cake but there will be difference in the taste.

  18. this looks awesome cake.. can i try this in pressure cooker?

  19. Hey Padhu... I have been following your blog for quite some time and really feel yours is one of the best. ur methods are easy to follow & I ve tried your receipes and it comes out really good.

    Awesome work.... Anu

  20. Hi Padhu, This is the 2nd recipe I have tried after Rasmalai, and I want to tell you that after following each step carefully, it has come out fantastic.I made in my microwave on convection mode It has won appreciation from everybody. Only the difference is since I did not have wine, I used whisky which was available at home. next step is, I want to learn how to do icing and decoration on the cake. Pl guide step by step.

  21. Hi. Can I use Rum instead of wine and can I use tetra pack tropicana orange juice? Thanks.

    1. Yes, you can use rum and also tetra pack orange juice instead of fresh orange juice.

  22. Hi. Is 1/4 cup wine or rum enuf to soak 300 gms dry fruits?

  23. Hi padhu, what is grape wine is that available in the market?

    1. You will get it during Christmas time. If you cannot get that, you can prepare without that. It can be made at home.

  24. At what oven temperature this should be baked?

  25. Is there a specific reason that you use margarine or dalda along with butter?


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