Sunday, December 18, 2011

EGGLESS FRUIT CAKE/CHRISTMAS CAKE

Eggless Fruit Cake


I tried to convert Nigella's Christmas fruit cake recipe to an eggless one.So far I have tried this 3 times and it has been great(All trials within one week :-)).No one can make out this is eggless!

Check out the post Eggless Fruit & Nut cake for a more simplified version.


Eggless Fruit Cake


Ingredients
All purpose flour: 2 cups
mashed potato:1/2 cup
Condensed milk: 1/2 cup
Almond milk:1/2 cup (can use any milk)
Nuts: 1/4 cup (Walnuts/Cashews/Almonds)
Baking soda: 1 tsp
Baking powder: 1.5 tsp


For fruit mixture
Chopped Dried fruits: 2 cups (dates, prunes, raisins,currants, cranberries, apricots,mango,apple,cherries)
Honey: 1/4 cup
Butter:1/2 cup (1 stick)
Cocoa powder: 1 tablespoon
Orange juice/pulp: 1/4 cup (Extract fresh juice from 1 orange)
Orange zest: 1 tsp
Brown sugar: 1/2 cup
Baking soda: 1/4 tsp
Water: 1/4 cup
Spice powder: 1 tsp (clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and little bit of cardomom)


For decoration
Cherries
blanched Almonds


Procedure:
Step1:
Heat a sauce pan and melt the butter. Add the chopped dried fruits, brown sugar, honey and cocoa powder and mix well



Step2:
Add orange zest, water,orange juice and spice powder and allow the mixture to boil


This resembles dry fruit halwa that we make for diwali!
Step3:
Simmer for 20 minutes and then allow to cool


Step4:
Meanwhile sift the flour along with baking soda and baking powder


Step5:
Add the mashed potatoes, condensed milk and almond milk and mix well


Step6:
Add the fruit mixture and mix well


Step7:
Add the nuts and fold in


Step8:
Prepare the cake tin by placing a parchment paper at the base and the sides as shown below


Step9:
Pour the batter and decorate with blanched almonds and cherries
Note: Add 1 tablespoon of water to the almonds and microwave it for 1 minutes. Now peel the skin


Step10:
Bake in a preheated oven of 350 F for  40 - 50 minutes until a skewer inserted at the center of the cake comes out clean. I used 9 inch round pan.


Notes:

  1. Nigella's original recipe calls in for baking at 300F for 1.5 hrs. However this did not work out for me for the eggless version.I found the cake to be little dry and crumbly.The second time when i baked for 40 minutes at 350f I got the cake moist and soft.This could be due to the ingredients used
  2. The orange juice and zest can be increased if required

Eggless Fruit Cake



23 comments:

  1. Superb cake. Looks very delicious. Great job dear.

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  2. OMG, this is Superb, excellent ,Lovely...and so very tempting... i was looking for an eggless fruit cake recipe for a longtime....!! what could be better then this tried and tested recipe ...Yum!! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  3. Eggless fruit cake looks awesome and delicious..

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  4. A lovely version of the classic xmas fruit cake..Adding potato is new to me ;)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  5. this eggless version is a bless for pure veggies...looks very nicely baked. Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  6. Yummy cake..very nice presentation

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  8. Stunning and pretty rich looking eggless cake..never thought of adding mashed potatoes..

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  9. Cake looks yummm! I think you've forgotten to mention butter in the ingredient list!

    Nice decoration!

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  10. wow...real fruit cake,looks so soft n moist...perfectly baked n loved your eggless version...well explained and well presented!!
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  11. Perfect and beautiful cake for celebration!

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  12. LOvely and tempting cake..nice one..bookmarked.

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  13. Yummmilicious super rich cake.. Perfect baked n eggless ?? I can't believe my eyes..
    You can link this to my event , dear!!

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  14. please let me know whether you are not using butter as an ingredient.

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    1. I have used butter. It is listed under the ingredients for fruit mixture

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  16. I have read about caramelizing sugar But this is something new. Worried about the mashed potatoes. Any specific reasons for adding them?
    Is the cake strong enough and binding well as there is No egg in there.

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    1. Mashed potatoes act as the replacement for egg.The cake was strong enough the potatoes act as the binding agent. Do try and let me know
      Happy Christmas

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  17. WOW, Must be yummy, so expertly made, potato is also used for making fake Butter. I may try to make this, can i make this cake in cooker

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