Nov 26, 2008

Fruit Cake

This fruity cake is generally associated with the festival season. We used to get this cake especially during Christmas. I loved each bite which had the juiciness of the raisins and dry fruits and the goodness of the nuts. I always wanted to try this cake and I never knew it was this simple. I made this for a potluck party and it was a big hit!

Here comes the recipe right in time for the festive season! The dry fruits and nuts I have used are my own measurements. If there are certain fruits or nuts you don't like, you can always include more of another, or some of your own favorites.


All-Purpose flour - 2 cups
Brown Sugar - 1 cup packed
Milk - 1 cup
Butter - 1 stick
Baking powder - 1 tablespoon
Baking soda - 1 teaspoon
Eggs - 2
Cinnamon powder - 1 teaspoon
Nutmeg powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Cardamom powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Walnuts - 1/2 cup chopped
Cashews - 1/4 cup chopped
Almonds - 1/4 cup chopped
Prunes - 1/4 cup chopped
Golden raisins - 1/4 cup chopped
Currants - 1/4 cup chopped
Cherries - 1/4 cup chopped


In a large saucepan, bring together the brown sugar, butter and milk. Keep it on medium heat for 5 minutes until the sugar carmelises. Bring it to a boil. Add all the dry fruits, nuts, cinnamon, cardamom powder and nutmeg. Give it a stir and keep on medium low for 3 more minutes. Allow it to cool.

Beat the two eggs together. In another vessel, whisk the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Once the mixture has cooled completely, add the eggs and mix well. Finally add in the flour mixture. Stir all the ingredients so that there are no lumps. The batter will be of a thin consistency.

Grease and flour a cake pan. Line with aluminium foil and pour the batter and spread evenly.

Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degree F for about 45 minutes until a fork inserted in the center comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool completely before removing it from the pan. Cool in a wire rack.

This cake can be wrapped in aluminium foil and stored for about 4 to 5 days. It tastes even better the second day because the spices might have infused well with the other ingredients.

Some tips that might be useful while baking this cake:

To prevent overbrowning, line the bottom and sides of the pan with foil. Leave extra foil overlapping the sides so that it is easier to remove the cake from the pan.

When baking, set the fruitcake pan in a baking pan half-filled with water to prevent burning around the edges. however, be careful while removing the pan from the oven as the water might be boiling and extremely hot!

Let fruitcake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

For long-term storage, bury the linen and foil wrapped fruitcake in a tin filled with powdered sugar.

Sending this Fruity Nutty Cake to Vegetarian Thanksgiving and Children's Day Event and to FIL:Fruits


  1. Fruit cake luks perfect to me...very inviting. And aval laddu sounds different, unique....keep up the good work, dear.

  2. Wonderful fruit cake, i love this cake too!

  3. Delicious n fruity cake, love anything with fruits, if its cake no need to say how i love them...Happy thanksgiving Divya..

  4. Nice to do it myself..let me try :)

  5. loooks delicious divya.. hope u r enjoying in india.

  6. yum!! who doesn't like a nice piece of Fruit cake! especially when it looks so great!:)

    Thanks for sharing it with us Divya! and Happy Thanksgiving! hope you enjoy your time in India:)

  7. This looks so good! I love this cake. Happy Thanksgiving :)

  8. Nice the cake thats so nutty.esp with raisins....

  9. Lovely fruit cake Divya..Hope you reached safely and enjoying Amma's food.

  10. lovely fruit cake Divya and have great holidays

  11. your fruit cake has come out superb..i can imagine the taste...

  12. I am a big fan of fruit cake, you made me drool early in the morning! Nice one Divya :)

  13. My very fav cake. This is the best cake ever.
    Happy Thanksgiving Divya..

  14. Lovely, scrumptous fruit cake. Apt for the season.

  15. yummy fruit cake .. Happy Thanksgiving, Divya

  16. I love fruit cakes and this looks so delicious. Happy thanksgiving.

  17. A wonderful fruit cake. Happy Thanksgiving divya.

    Rosie x

  18. Hi Divya,
    Your cake looks amazing. I tried this recipe...everything was gud except my all nuts n raisins settled at bottom of the pan. Why did this happen ?

  19. Hi Divya,
    I have been searching for a simple fruit cake recipe for a long time; & now i think I have found :) But one quick question - In the first step when you mention "Bring together brown sugar, butter & milk" ; did you mean first caramalise the sugar, then add the rest or just boil them together? If I combine them right away, how will the sugar caramalise? It'll be great if you could clarify this step for me :)


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