Plum Cake | Christmas special plum cake2020-12-27
Plum cake is the highlight of the Christmas celebration. It bring back us to my childhood memories. Earlier plum cakes were only available during Christmas time. But now plum cakes are very common in all bakery shops and supermarkets. I love plum cakes and decided to make them for this Christmas. When I make this cake my daughter asked me why it is called plum cake as we are not using any “plum” in this cake. I had no answer for her at that moment. I googled and it is written that it is a common name for the dried fruits in this recipe.
This is a non-alcoholic plum cake. Usually, orange juice can be used instead of alcohol but here I didn’t use orange juice also. This is an easy to make last-minute Christmas cake recipe. Here I am explaining the baking method with or without an oven. If you are baking on the stove, take a thick bottom vessel, add some salt, and a stand. Place the baking tray on the top of the stand. Bake in medium flame for 45 minutes. You should not reduce the flame to low as the plum cake needs more heat, unlike normal cakes.
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How to make Plum cake
- 1 cup of maida (all purpose flour)
- 1 spn of baking powder
- 1/4 spn of salt
- 1/2 spn of cinnamon powder
- Wet Ingredients
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup of butter (room temperature)
- 1/4 cup of oil
- 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
- 4 cloves
- For caramelizing
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp water
Step one - Caramelised Sugar Heat a thick bottom vessel in low flame, add 1/4 cup of sugar.
Increase the flame to high and stir continuously. When the sugar starts to melt, reduce the flame to low
Add 3 tbsp of water to the boiling sugar mixture. Be sure to keep distance while pouring water.
Mix well and boil for 2 minutes. Keep it aside.
Take 1 cup maida, 1 spn baking powder, 1/2 spn salt in a bowl. Seive 2 times. Keep it aside.
Take 1/4 cup butter (room temperature) in a bowl. Beat well for 3-4 minutes. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar and beat till the mixture becomes creamy.
Add 3 eggs into the bowl and beat again till the mixture has become fluffy. Add 1/4 cup oil and beat for 1 minute.
Take dried fruits of your choice (I took 2 tbsp chopped cherries, tutti fruit, black grapes, and nuts). Add 1 sn of maida and dust well. This prevents dried fruits from sinking on the bottom while baking.
Add maida little by little and mix well using the cut and fold method. Use spatula not beater.
Add Caramalised sugar syrup and mix little by little. Add dried fruits and mix. Do not over mix the batter after adding flour as it will make the cake dense.
Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Bake for 45 minutes. If you are baking on the stovetop, keep a thick bottom vessel, pressure cooker, or non-stick pan. Add 1/2 packet of salt, place a stand, and on the top of it keep the baking tray. Bake in medium flame for 45 minutes.