Sunday 14 December 2014

Celebration Fruit Cake

This is the first time I'm baking a fruit cake. This is one cake that my aunt will make and serve together with other goodies during Chinese New Year. During this festive Christmas season, I'm baking us a fruit cake, with booze added.

I read that fruit cake is a must have during Christmas for many. My version would be considered easy since some of the fruit cake recipes I come across need to be baked for around 2 hours. I soaked the mixed fruits with rum and have it covered for a few days before baking. This not only help to soften and moisten the mixed fruits, it also add a wonderful flavour to the cake.

I also brushed the baked fruit cake with rum 2-3 times a week so that this luxurious cake has a subtle rum flavour and a moist texture. It's best to bake this cake in advance of Christmas since you need time to feed it with alcohol to allow the flavour to mingle and age.

However, if you would like to make it a child friendly cake, feel free to leave out the alcohol and replace with orange juice, date juice, prune juice or leftover cherry juice in bottle you bought the cherries in.

Celebration Fruit Cake

For the Cake
300g mixed fruits (I bought from Phoon Huat)
2-3 tbspn brandy, whisky or rum (I used rum)
230g butter
230g brown sugar
4 eggs
1 tbspn marmalade (I used yuzu jam)
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbspn juice
1 tbspn orange zest
300g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
90g almonds, roughly chopped

For Decoration
Some red and green glazed cherries, halved (I bought from Phoon Huat)
Some walnuts
Icing powder

1. Soak the mixed fruits with rum and keep covered overnight or up to a week.
2. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.

3. Mix in jam, orange zest, orange juice and vanilla extract.

4. Beat in eggs, one at a time.

5. Mix in half the sifted flour mixture, then mix in half the mixed fruits and almond.

6. Repeat step 5 to mix all the flour, mixed fruits and almond into the cake batter.

7. Pour batter into loaf tins and decorate with halved cherries and walnuts as desired. Bake in preheated oven at 160C for about 45 minutes.

8. Remove cake from the oven and cool completely on wire rack.

9. With a skewer, poke holes in the top surface of the cake and brush with a little rum.

10. Wrap the cake in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and place in a container. Brush the cake periodically (once or twice a week) with rum until Christmas.

- This cake can keep for several weeks or it can be kept frozen for a few months.
- I made 4 disposable paper rectangular cake holder/pan for this. Dimension as follows: 

This post is linked to Cook and Celebrate (Christmas 2014) organised by Yen from Eat your heart out, Diana from Domestic Goddess Wannabe and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids.


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  1. Lovely Christmas fruit cake ... it sure looks pretty when wrapped up !

  2. Hi LY,
    Thanks for sharing your celebration fruit cake. I have never baked a xmas fruit cake, only tried steaming one in rice cooker last year. I am gonna bookmark yours, but first need to check if i were to bake in a 8 inch cake pan, will there be extra batter and roughly how long will it take? Thanks :)

    1. Hi Bee, I've made this cake using 4 disposable paper rectangular cake holder with dimensions in the notes updated in the post above. Not too sure how long it will take if a 8" pan is used. Maybe set at 50 minutes and then check now and then for done-ness thereafter?

  3. my family members always love fruit cakes using rum... somehow, i think the guys love the taste better... 1-2-3... so, can i hv one of the loaves? ^^

  4. If P sees this X'mas fruit cake, he will surely ask you for a loaf! I refused to bake him one as I really don't like X'mas fruit cake since young and I am not going to bake something which I won't eat..haha! ;p

    1. I wasn't a big fan of fruit cakes too, but R loves stuff with mixed fruits so I decided to give it a try this Christmas season and I'm glad he's enjoying the cake!

  5. Oooh, another fruit cake recipe to book mark to try! Thanks for sharing, Lai Ying!

    1. Hi Diana, this is my first try on fruit cake. Will definitely be trying out different recipes. :)

  6. Good day LY, I love fruit cakes with plenty of nuts and alcohol. Used to bake fruit cakes for Christmas. Yours look pretty and delicious too.

    1. Hi Nancy, thanks for your kind words. It's my first try on fruit cakes. Will try out other recipes to see how can I improve. :)

  7. Thanks LY. I have tried out your recipe and my whole family is loving it :) I have just included it in my blog with your link. Thanks once again, Lai Ying.

    1. Hi Vanessa, thanks for the mention and sharing. Really happy to know that you and your family enjoyed the cake. :)



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