You must be wondering why I named my cake as Pre – Christmas cake. Right? 😀
OK. So let me share the reason before the recipe.
This Christmas I have plans to bake Christmas cakes and sell them. And since I have always baked only for friends and family and not for commercial purpose, I decided to test some recipes and then finalize the best one out of it. 🙂
I have received lots of suggestions from my friends both in India and Abroad and while incorporating those suggestions here I come up with a perfectly baked, moist and flavorful Pre – Christmas cake whose recipe is almost final for the Christmas Cakes.
(Ofcourse few secret ingredients will be added later on. Shhhhhh! :p )
Serves: 12 – 15 slices
Preparation time: 15 mins + dry fruits soak time ( 1 month )
Baking time: 1 hr
All purpose flour – 2 cups
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Baking soda – 1 tsp
Nestle Milkmaid – 1 can
Eggs – 2
Powdered sugar – 1 tsp
Regular sugar – 3 tbsp
Water – 1 cup
Butter – 100 gms
Soaked Dry fruits – 1 cup
Mix colored Cherries – 1 cup
Almonds and Cashews – 1/2 cup
Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
Cinnamon powder – 2 tsp
Sprinklers / Silver Balls – For decoration
For dryfruits : Take mixed dry fruits like cranberries,raisins, prunes, sultanas etc and soak them in rum/brandy for atleast a month. The duration of soaking depends from person to person. Some do it just for 2 days, some for 2 months and some for an year or more. It all depends upon how strong flavor you want! 🙂
Back to cake
- Take all the dry fruits ( Soaked and Non-soaked) and coat them well with 1 tbsp of flour. Keep it aside. (Note: This will help to prevent the sinking of dry fruits)
- Sieve flour, baking powder and baking soda together for minimum 2 times. Keep it aside.
- Beat powdered sugar and butter till soft and creamy. Pour Nestle Milkmaid can and beat for 2 mins. Add egg whites and beat till it achieves a smooth consistency. Add vanilla flavor and cinnamon powder. Mix well.
- Now heat a pan and put regular sugar into it. Stir it till it turns brown. Add some water and mix. Caramel is ready. This will give a beautiful color to the cake. Add the caramel into the above mixture.
- Now keep the oven on pre-heat mode at 180 degrees. Also get the baking pan ready with the butter paper.
- Fold the dry and the wet ingredients together along with dry fruits. Keep on mixing them lightly.
- Once arranged, tap the baking pan lightly so that all the oxygen bubbles can escape.
- Bake in the oven for 1 hour at 180 degrees.
- Pre – Christmas cake is ready! 🙂Bon appetit!
P.S. – Once cooled, you can simply wrap in in the cling film and store it in a dry place.