Kerala Plum Cake/Christmas Special Fruit Cake
Here is another take on the famous fruit cake from South India.
This will make a 8 inch size cake
- 1 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup sugar
- a pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup sugar to make caramel
- 1 cup dry fruits and nuts(raisins, cashew, dates, tutty fruity) etc
- 2 tsp of caraway seeds (optional)
can be made many days ahead and keep refrigerated Prepare caramel based on the steps belowPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and all the spices and keep aside. Mix butter and sugar till creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each
Spread 1/2 cup of sugar in a thick bottomed pan and heat it. Keep about 1/2 cup of hot water ready on the side. Control the heat when the sugar starts burning. Shake the pan a couple of times, do not stir.
Add about 1 tbsp of water at a time, when enough sugar turns in color. For this cake we prefer to go on a darker side, this will alter the taste of cake. For other recipes(say using as dip) go for a lighter color, to prevent the bitter taste. Stir the sugar and water together and add more water in steps to make the syrup. Adding too much water initially will make the sugar to a solid form and gets difficult to process further(add more water and keep heating until it dissolves). The syrup will thicken when it cools down, add water to lighten it. For cakes use the caramel only after cooling down.
Since the cake is moistened with rum or juice, bake the cake for 5-8 minutes longer than usual, until the top is dark brown. We prefer to use Captain Morgan spiced run, any rum should do though.
Make sure to use wax paper on the sides and bottom of the pan, caramel make this cakes sticky.
Cake will look hard after baking, but wait for couple of days, and wow! it will be much softer and a yummy flavor. Now who will wait two days with cake!
Tutty fruity is generally the candied or dried fruits cut into small cubes. In Kerala is is prepared from green papaya by adding different colors. This is available in most stores in US during Christmas season. But it is usually soaked in lots of almond extract can add a very different taste.
Here is another version of the plum cake recipe
You will also like pineapple upside down cake, which has a very similar flavor profile
Another favorite is the Black forest cake
This recipe was completely derived from the Basic vanilla cake