What is Christmas without cakes? Cakes are the most favorite desserts of all time. Especially on Christmas, where there is the vibe of rich flavors in every home.
Do you know there is a great history associated with cakes in India? Yes, the first cake in India was baked in Kerala. And you know which was it? Plum Cake!
This mouth watering dessert of Christmas is enjoyed by everyone. If you are hosting a party or visiting your friends and family, Plum cakes are the delight for every occasion.
So why not make your own and treat yourself and your family. Let’s dig in to the recipe!
Traditionally, plum cake is made with soaking plums and other dried berries in rum or brandy. This way the cake gets its rich flavor. If you are not interested in alcohol, use orange juice as alternative for soaking plums and dried berries. You can pick raisins both black and golden, dried plums, cherries, tuti-fruties and dates.
Soak the berries for at least 24 hours to enhance the rich flavor. This is important as plum cake get its royal taste in every bite with this step.
Here the recipe starts…
- Cream sugar, vanilla essence in butter together.
- Crush dry fruits of your choice and sprinkle some flour on it and keep it aside.
- Sieve all purpose flour and baking powder together.
- Fold the flour in the mix of butter-sugar and add dry fruits mixture.
- Continue the process and add soaked berries to the mixture.
- Grease the pan and add this mixture to it.
- Bake it in a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes.
You can check whether the cake is properly done by inserting a clean toothpick. If it comes out clean, then your cake is properly done. Keep it aside for cooling.
Generally in India, this cake is made a month in advance for one elaborated step to enhance its richness. Brandy or rum is poured in the cake, called as “fed the cake” every week. (can be skipped!)
So why wait, make one & treat yourself now with the spongy Christmas special-Plum cake! Or if its too much hassle for you, just order it at CaterNinja!