A – Z Baking around the World is an interesting series where I am baking a Fruit Cake with the alphabet F. The earliest recipes of the Fruit Cakes are from Ancient Rome. They would use pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, raisins, and a lot more of other fruits but lot of variations took place subject to the ingredient availability. Different ingredients were used in different countries.
It is amazing to discover that Fruit Cakes are popular in many countries like Australia, Bahamas, Canada, France, Germany and even in India. They even have different names in different countries, but all said and done, these are traditionally served during Christmas and Weddings.
The cake that I have baked today was adapted from this video. The cake was slightly dense, but had a amazing flavor. The specks of nuts and fruits made it look pretty. The taste was awesome and one could easily relish all the flavors. We specifically loved the dried mango in the cake, it tasted heavenly.
I garnished the cake with some icing sugar and loads of dried fruits that I had picked from Amsterdam airport.
1 cup cake flour
( 2 tbsp corn starch +2 tbsp baking powder , rest all flour)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp spice powder
( cardamom , cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg )
1/2 cup oil
1/2 can condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Dried fruits and nuts
(raisins, cranberries, mango, cherry, cashews, almonds, pistachios.)
Preheat oven at 180 degrees C.
Sift corn starch, flour and baking powder, soda, salt and all spice mix in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, blend softened butter and condensed milk. Add vanilla extract and mix.
Alternatively add flour and milk and keep blending till all the flour mix and milk are over.
Batter will be on the thicker side.
Fold in dry fruits and nuts making sure not to over mix.
Pour batter in a greased and lined loaf tin.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes or till cake leaves side or inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool for 10 minutes.
Garnish with dried fruits and icing sugar.