Christmas is nearby and all are busy preparing cakes and cookies and this time I made this delicious fruit cake for Christmas and my kids love cakes and this cake became their favourite and insisted me to make again and again.This recipe I made from subhashini blog and as a group member I make every task which she gives for every week and this time she made this chocolate  rich fruit cake and I tried from her blog.

INGREDIENTS:

  • All-purpose flour – 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons
  • Cocoa powder – 3/4 cups
  • Baking powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Mixed spice powder *- 3 teaspoon
  • Orange zest and juice – 1 orange
  • Butter – 350 gms
  • Granulated white sugar – 1 1/2 cups
  • Brown sugar – 3/4 cups
  • Pure vanilla extract – 2 teaspoons
  • Eggs – 5
  • Thick Curd – 1 1/2 cup
  • Mixed dry fruits – 2 1/2 cups
  • Mixed nuts  1/2 cup ( Cashews, Almonds, Walnuts Hazelnuts)
  • Chocolate Chips  – 1/2 cup
  • Process 2 sticks of cinnamon, 4 cloves, 3 cardamon, 1/4 nutmeg along with a tablespoon of granulated white sugar in the small jar of your food processor. Sift it using a sieve and use the finest of the powder.Method:1. Line up three 8 inch round pans with butter and parchment paper on the bottom and the sides of the pan. Butter on top of the parchment paper as well. Do not skip this step.
  • 2. Sift together all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, spices and zest of orange. Keep aside.
  • 3. Add butter, granulated white sugar and brown sugar into the bowl of your electric beater.
  • Beat butter and sugar on medium high speed for about 5 to 7 minutes until creamy, pale and fluffy. Do not hurry up on this step.
  • Add the eggs one by one and beat for about one minute after the addition of each egg on medium speed.
  • Add vanilla extract and beat for about a minute until it combines well.
  • Add thick curd in the jar of your food processor and process for just few seconds.
  • It would have thinned down to butter milk consistency. Do not add any water to it. Keep aside.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of flour onto the dry fruits and crumble it using your finger tips to coat the fruits with flour. Set aside. This is done to avoid the fruits sinking to the bottom of the cake.
  •  Add 1/3rd of the flour mixture into the batter and beat on low speed just until combined. Do not over mix.
  • Mix orange juice and the curd together and add 1/2 of the liquid mixture into the batter and beat just until combined. Do not over mix. Continue adding the second portion of the flour, beat just until combined, followed with the remaining portion of the liquid mixture and end with the flour mixture. Beat just until combined after each addition of dry and wet ingredients.
  •  That is the final batter, waiting to get dressed with fruits, nuts and chocolate chips 🙂
  • Add the fruits and nuts into the batter and fold in using your spatula or wooden spoon to mix well. Check if the dry fruits are not sticking to each other and are scattered all over the batter.
  • Finally add the chocolate chips and fold in again thoroughly. Do not over mix.
  • Pour batter into the prepared tins.  Bake in pre-heated oven at 150 degree C for 35 to 45 minutes until the top is spongy to touch and a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool on wire racks. Once completely cool, you can choose to bast the cakes with alcohol and cling wrap the cakes and let it mature. You can choose not to soak with alcohol but cling wrap and store in refrigerator until use. Since the dry fruits were soaking in alcohol these cakes have a long shelf life.

 

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