Kerala Christmas Fruit Cake/ Kerala Plum Cake

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Kerala Christmas Fruit Cake/ Kerala Plum Cake

It’s been some time right? No, this time I wasnt lazy, I was a bit busy. I myself cant believe that I was busy, some of my friends were saying “even Maria is so busy these days, what has the world come to” ;) Looks like it’ll be like this for the next few days too…So I thought I’ll just drop in and say hi and share this recipe for the traditional Christmas Fruit Cake.

Coming to think of it, I was always a hard core tea cake fan and used to wonder how can somebody like plum cake/fruit cake. It was changed only a few years ago when I baked a fruit cake myself just for the heck of it and I became an instant convert at the first bite itself. But I still don’t like the store bought plum cakes that we get back home in Kerala. I think they are overloaded/crowded with raisins. This recipe suits me well, it has fruits but not overpowering the cake portion.

Before going into the details of this recipe, let me ask you something. Did you notice our new look? How’s it? Well, if you’re thinking I was busy working on the new outfit for MariasMenu, I’m sorry to disappoint you. It’s all done by Jose, wait I did my part, actually what I’m good at. Just demanding what I want in the site ;) So if you like it, the credit goes to you know who…me,because the idea is mine right ;) We’ve added some new pages like upcoming book ,Buzz section & reader’s T&T (tried & tested). Please check out when time permits, ok?

So what were we talking about….right, fruit cake. I got this recipe a few months back from my friend Sumi. It’s her mom’s recipe. I had this when I visited her and I made sure that she mailed me the recipe in a few days :) I made it first with dates, since I was flooded with dates at that time & was very happy with the result. One another thing I’m happy about is the color of the cake. The color of the cake very much depends on the color of the caramel you make. I used to play it safe with caramel and always ended up with golden brown color caramel. But in this recipe, it was specifically stated to make a dark caramel & I decided to let my hair loose. When I tasted the caramel, it had a slight bitter taste and I was worried whether it’ll spoil the cake, but nothing like that happened & in fact I’m very happy with the color, texture & almost everything :) Thanks a ton Sumi for sharing your mom’s wonderful recipe with me.

Update on 13/12/2011: I’ve got many queries asking about using fruit juice instead of alcohol. One of the readers, Bindu tried an alcohol free version & she was kind enough to share it here. I’ve given a alcohol free version update in the end. Also please refer to Bindu’s comment below. Thank you so much Bindu!

Please see the picture of Fruit cake made by Anupama Antony, based on the above recipe. Thanks a lot Anupama :)

Check out other Xmas recipes:

Also check out the Christmas Menu.

Here goes the recipe:

Christmas / Xmas Fruit Cake/ Kerala Plum Cake
Author: 
Recipe type: Cake
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12-15
 
Ingredients
For Soaking:
  • Mixed fruits – 3 cups
  • Rum/Brandy – 1.5 cups (I used dark rum)
For Caramel:
  • Sugar – ½ cup
  • Water – 1 tbsp
  • Warm water – ¼ cup
For Cake:
  • Plain flour (maida) – 2 cups
  • Baking powder – 1¼ tsp
  • Baking soda – ½ tsp
  • Sugar – 1 cup+ 2 tbsp
  • Unsalted Butter – 250 gms (1 cup + 2 tbsp, approx) @ room temp
  • Eggs – 4 @ room temp
  • Vanilla essence – 2 tsp
  • Jam – 1 tbsp (I used apricot)
For Spice Powder:
  • Cloves – 2
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Cinnamon – a small piece
  • Nutmeg – a small piece
Instructions
  1. Soaking of Fruits
  2. I used a combination of sultanas, seedless raisins,currants & candied orange & lemon peel.  I didn’t chop the fruits & used it as such. You can use dried fruits of your choice. If you are using dates/apricots etc; chop it into small pieces & soak it.  I soaked it for almost 1.5 months. Try to soak it for a minimum of 1 week, at least. Shake the jar of soaked fruits once in a while.
  3. Caramel Preparation:
  4. Combine ½ cup sugar & 1 tbsp water in a sauce pan. Heat it & let the sugar melt. When the color of the melted sugar becomes dark brown, remove the pan from fire & add ¼ cup warm water to this. You need to be very careful at this stage since the water tends to splash & can cause burns. Bring it back to the heat & boil for a few more mins, 3-4 mins. Remove from fire & let it cool completely. You can prepare the caramel in advance & refrigerate it. Check out the caramel picture at Annita’s place, if you want to get an idea about the colour.
  5. Spice Powder:
  6. Grind all the spices with a pinch of sugar, to a fine powder & keep aside.
  7. Cake Preparation:
  8. Preheat the oven @ 180 C for 10-15 mins, before baking.
  9. Drain the soaked fruits & keep aside. Retain 4 tbsp from the drained liquor. Toss the drained fruits in 1-2 tbsp of flour. (This will prevent the fruits from sinking to the bottom of the cake). Sift the plain flour with baking powder & baking soda. Powder the sugar & keep aside. Separate the yolks & white of the eggs. Beat egg whites till soft peaks form. Keep aside. Beat the egg yolks & add the softened butter to it. Beat it till it forms a smooth paste. Add powdered sugar to this, gradually. Beat after each addition. When it becomes smooth add vanilla essence & cooled caramel & spice powder & beat again. Add the sifted flour in 2 batches. Beat after each addition. Add jam & combine.
  10. Fold in the beaten egg whites in 2 parts & combine till no white streaks are visible. Fold in the soaked fruits & 4 tbsp of retained liquor. Grease the baking dish (refer notes) & line with baking paper. Pour the batter into the prepared tins. Bake in the pre heated oven for 40-45 mins or until the skewer inserted comes out clean. The baking time can vary depending on the oven & also the size of the tin used.
  11. Alcohol free version:
  12. Soak 3 cups of fruits in 1.5 cups of fresh orange juice. Leave it overnight @ room temp. The rest of the recipe is same.
Notes
I used a 9 inch round tin & 9 inch loaf tin for baking the above qty. If you feel that the top of the cake is getting over browned, cover it loosely with aluminium foil.You can store the cake @ room temp, in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks. However you can refrigerate it for a month in an air tight container. The 4tbsp of retained rum added in the end along with the fruits, can be reduced to suit your taste. I like that extra rum taste ;) and hence added 4 tbsp. You can add anything between 1-4 tbsp or skip. For Bahrain Readers: I used Heritage brand Mixed fruit packet from Al Jazira supermarket & I used Captain Morgan dark rum for soaking the fruits.

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  • http://divyascookbook.blogspot.com Divya

    Hey Maria..so the cookbook has been taking up your time off late is it??Good good–I would like the signed copy of the book as soon as it is released..wokay??

    The cake looks yummy..love the colour.

  • http://www.cookingwithkairalisisters.com Kairali sisters

    Hey Maria..Cake looks truly festive and loved all the pictures..

    The site looks great now and Good luck with all your future ventures…

  • Bindu Joseph

    Hi Maria

    Merry Christmas in advance.
    Your awesome cake reminded me that I need to soak the fruits in rum. Have to do it this weekend. Thanks to U.

    Your cake is so presentable. Your site is looking gr8. New avatar. :)

    So this Christmas we’ll have Fruit Cake too …… yipppyyyy ….

  • http://www.shabscuisine.blogspot.com shabs

    Oh Maria!I cant tell you how much i loved the new look of ur site…araa cheythathu?…real good job…loved loved the thumbnails of teh pictures…great look overall….Good luck on your book making……May i ask u, How many recipes are going to be in?Do they include recipes from ur blog as well?…..

    Loved the cake, started celebration already eh??…great pics too…

    love,
    Shabs.

  • http://www.splitpearsonality.blogspot.com Ann

    Wow – you are EARLY with this cake! I haven’t even soaked fruits yet =(
    Cake looks fab!

  • Dhanya

    Love the look of this cake…… I get so excited at the thought of xmas cakes…love the tradition!! What would I not do to get a generous piece of this cake and your home made wine!! Yuummmmm

  • http://www.foodieann.com FoodieAnn

    Love this new look….Very inviting….Cake and the pictures looks fabulous…:)

  • http://www.swapnascuisine.blogspot.com/ Swapna

    Wow you already made xmas cake!! Here I just soaked the fruits a couple of weeks ago…Lovely cake and presentation… Also love the new look of your site too :)

  • http://mharorajasthanrecipes.blogspot.com/ Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal

    wow, that looks very christmassy.

  • http://gayathriscookspot.blogspot.com Gayathri Kumar

    Cake looks lovely. Nice snaps..

  • Tara

    hi Maria,
    The new look is looking GR8,…congrats on the launch of ur new book,…may u have many more such feathers on your hat.I was actually on hunt for a xmas cake recipe,…thanks to u,..for bringing it out on the right time.Shall try it out and let to u know.

  • http://yummyoyummy.blogspot.com/ Yummy Team

    Loved the new look of your space, Maria..Congrats on your upcoming cookbook and good luck!! Beautiful pictures of the absolutely yummy fruit cake..

  • Rema

    Hi Maria,

    Congrats on the new look. I had a doubt about the butter you used in this cake recipe. i want to know if it was salted or unsalted butter?

    Many thanks

    Rema

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks Rema :) I used unsalted butter for this recipe. I forgot to mention it :(. Thank you for asking it, I’ve updated the recipe with the same.

      Hope you’ll like the cake.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Tina

    Hi Maria

    I am going to try this cake for very first time.I am not a much of a baker

    I have a doubt,the sugar that you use to make caramel which form is it.Here in US we have one powdered sugar like salt,second confectioners sugar which is very very fine for cream and all and third in indian store we get the normal sugar like we have in india ,small small granules kind .

    do reply.I am eager to make it for my xmas this time.
    thanks in advance.keep up the good work.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Tina,

      I’ve used the normal sugar like the ones we get in India for making the caramel. I’ve used the same sugar for the cake also, but powdered it and used it.

      I do hope you like this cake & all the best!

      Wish you & your family a Merry Xmas!

      Cheers
      Maria

      • http://ammuscanvas.blogspot.com/ ammu

        i think the granulated sugar in US works fine for all the normal sugar recipes..i use that for everything!

  • Rashmi

    shooooooooo parayan vittu poyi,

    The new look is adipoli!

  • tinu

    hi Maria…

    luv the new luk of ur site..very elegant n classy…

  • Ancy

    Had logged on for some of your banter and was surprised by the fresh look.
    Even i became a plum cake convert a couple of years back, remember munching on tea rusk! during xmas, just to make a point. ;)

  • priyanka thomas

    i hav never baked nythng b4. i would lik 2 try this. bt i dont hav an oven. i dont want 2 bake it in a pressure cooker either. can u xplain hw 2 bake in an appachembu… timings etc.. btw.. new look rocks.. rly liked it… tc..

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Priyanka,

      Thank you :)

      I’ve baked a cake using appachembu before, steamed honey sponge cake. You can see the details here:

      http://www.mariasmenu.com/desserts/steamed-honey-sponge-cake

      May be you can try this one also in the same manner, but I think it takes longer time for this cake. Hope it comes out well.

      Wish you a Merry Xmas in advance!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Neemol

    Dear Maria,

    I have a doubt.If i want to add some cashew nuts , is there any problem if i soak the nuts for 1 month?? podinju pokumo nuts?How long the nuts to be soaked in brandy?

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Dear Neemol,

      Previous years, I used to soak nuts also in brandy, along with other fruits and it was ok. Podinjonnum poyilla. I used to soak it for 3-4 weeks.

      Hope you’ll like this cake. Please do share your feedback, if you try this.

      Wish you a Merry Xmas!!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • sasha

    maria, thanks for for bring up the cake idea… thot it was too early to start baking and was getting restless…my mixed fruits were soaked in june :)…. yeah, i know too early, but not in brandy but in ginger wine , cos i felt soaking in brandy would be too strong for my 3 yrs old. only difference is, i use veg refined oil instead of butter ( makes the cake soft and very moist)
    and lemon and ginger rinds are soaked with the fruits.

    My hubby’s aunt adds 1/2 tsp of chilli pwd to the spice mix…. sounds weird i know, but tastes wonderful and a good twist to good old plum cake

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Sasha,

      I was under the impression that I already replied to this comment, I remember typing out a rep, dont knw what happened to that :(

      Anyways, soaking the fruits in wine is also good, I’d soaked in grape wine in the previous years. However adding chilli powder is totally new to me, but as you said it must be a good twist :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • shammim

    Hi Maria,

    I am a huge fan of your blog & receipes, I even got linked with many other blogs from urs. I simply love everything what u do, and the new look is awesome.

    I have been following ur receipes since 6 months now, but did not give any comments till date. “EVERY THING I HAVE TRIED TASTES YUMMMMYYYY”

    This fruit cake receipe is very nice and the cake pic looks great.

    Maria since I am based in Kuwait, I cannot get rum here, is it possible to get another option for it. please do let me know.

    Thank you and keep up the good work , ur receipes inspires housewifes like me to cook without being scared of spoiling the taste :)

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Shammim,

      Thanks a lot dear for the wonderful comment, I’m so excited to know that you like this space :). Btw, the credit for the new look goes to my husband and I’ll convey the same to him :)

      You can use orange juice instead of rum to soak the fruits. I hope it helps…Also if you happen to have homemade wine, you can use that also to soak the fruits.

      Once again thanks dear for leaving a comment here. Appreciate it very much :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • shammim

    Hi Maria,

    I am a huge fan of your blog & receipes, I even got linked with many other blogs from urs. I simply love everything what u do, and the new look is awesome.

    I have been following ur receipes since 6 months now, but did not give any comments till date. “EVERY THING I HAVE TRIED TASTES YUMMMMYYYY”

    This fruit cake receipe is very nice and the cake pic looks great.

    Maria since I am based in Kuwait, I cannot get rum here, is it possible to get another option for it. please do let me know.

    Thank you and keep up the good work , ur receipes inspires housewifes like me to cook without being scared of spoiling the taste :)

  • anu

    Dear Maria,

    Must tell you that you have such a wonderful blog…love your cake and i’m so much tempted to bake this…but would like to know your measurements…2 cups flour means how much in grams? pls let me know..and Happy Christmas in advance!!!!!

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Anu,

      Thanks a lot dear :).

      2 cups of flour is 250 gms. Hope you’ll like the cake. Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas & a wonderful new year!

      Happy baking & please do share your feedback, if you try this.

      All the best!!

      Cheers
      Maria

      • anu

        hi maria…the cake came out very well…the texture was too good…soft and moist…i used dried apricot n only few nuts so soaked just for 3 days in ginger wine and an oz of brandy..thanks a lot..n keep posting more n more recipes!!!

        • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

          Hi Anu,

          Thank you so much dear. I’m really happy that you liked the cake :). Thanks for sharing the feedback here.

          Once again wish you a Merry Christmas!

          Cheers
          Maria

  • Meenu

    hi Maria

    I made mutton biriyani and it turned out very good . thanks for the recipe.
    ur blog new look is very goood.
    i am planning to try out ur butter chicken for the christmas.
    in the butter chicken recipe i saw the recipe souce is from one cook book.
    see i dont have any cook book ,can u suggest me some cookbook on traditional indian veg and non veg recipes.

    thanks and keep up the good work

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Meenu,

      Thanks dear & the compliments for the new look…I’ll pass it to Jose :). Some of the cook books that I like are:

      Nita Mehta’s Punjabi cook book ( if you like those kinda dishes)

      Lakshmi Nair’s cookery book

      Kerala Syrian Christian cookery book.

      I happened to have more baking books with me than cooking books. Hope this helps…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hope

    Can i use mixed fruit or strawberry jam for the cake?

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Hope,

      Yes you can use any jam of your choice. One of my friends used mixed fruit jam for the above cake & it was nice.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Manju

    Hi Maria,

    First of all, the new of look of the website is really great.
    Thank you for all the great recipes that you are posting. For me, the comfort factor is that you have actually tried out the recipes, so it feels a lot more friendly.

    Ok, now I am very new to baking, so acc to me this Fruit Cake is going to be a huge challenge. I have soaked all the fruits in rum. What I want to know is that, as the fruits drink up all the rum, do I need to keep adding more rum to keep up the level? ( About 1/4 of the fruits on the top are now not soaked in rum)

    Thanks a bunch!

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Manju,

      Thanks a ton dear, I’ll pass the compliments for the new look to Jose, I’m sure he’ll be very happy to hear it :).

      About the rum…I assume you used the same qty of rum mentioned in this recipe. In that case its ok, even if the top portion isnt soaked well. Try shaking the bottle once in a day, it should work.

      All the best for your cake & I do hope & pray it comes out well. Please do share your feedback here, I’d love to know about it :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • deepa

    Hello Maria!!

    I recently found your website..it is really awesome!!!…i’m trying your fruit cake today…soaked the fruits for almost 3 weeks…for the Christmas party.. planning to add some of the items from your party menu..i’m a huge fan of coconut milk…hope everything will turn out good…I’ll let you know..thank you

  • deepa

    Hello again Maria!!

    I made the fruit cake today and it came out wonderful!!! thank you…

    want to share with u some of the problems i faced during baking..the batter of the cake was very thick..is that supposed to be very thick?? since i didn’t know i added three tbsp of warm milk to it… then my fruits sank half way….don’t know want went wrong.. i live in a very cold place the butter took ever to come to room temperature

    anyway the cake tasted really great!!! waiting to hear from my guests too…

    thank you very much for the recipe.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Deepa,

      Thank you so much for trying this recipe. I’m really happy that it came out well for you.

      About the batter of this cake, it’s actually kinda thick, but not very thick. As you’ve mentioned you can loosen it a bit by adding warm milk.

      About the fruits sinking – did you roll it in flour before adding it to the cake batter? That helps in preventing the fruits from sinking.

      For softening the butter quickly, take a bowl of hot water & cover it with a lid. Place the butter on top of the lid. But keep a close eye on it, since the butter tends to melt fastly.

      Hope your guests also loved the cake.

      Lastly, I’m so sorry for the delayed reply. I’m on vacation now & hence the delay :(. Hope you understand.

      Wish you & your family a happy & blessed new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

      • deepa

        Hey Maria….thanks for the tips…my guests enjoyed everything!! one of my friend who is a nun also made the same cake from ur recipe..it was also a great success..she was very happy and asked me to thank u…she also send her blessings..

        hope u enjoyed ur vacation!!! we also went for a vacation last month…i was spoiled from eating all our delicious kerala foods..getting back to normal life…started cooking :)

        thanks again
        deepa

        • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

          Hi Deepa,

          Great to know that your guests liked the cake. Also I’m so glad to know that your friend also tried this cake & loved it. Please convey my special regards to her & also thanks for the blessings. Btw, I’m a bit curious to know, how did she find out my site :)

          Vacation was nice, had a good time. Nice to know that you also had a wonderful holiday filled with yummy food :)

          Cheers
          Maria

  • http://sharronclemons.co.cc/ Sharron Clemons

    Dear Maria, Must tell you that you have such a wonderful blog…love your cake and i’m so much tempted to bake this…but would like to know your measurements…2 cups flour means how much in grams? pls let me know..and Happy Christmas in advance!!!!!

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Sharron,

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words.

      I’m really sorry for the delayed reply. I’m on vacation presently & hence the delay :(. 2 cups of flour is 250 gms. I know the season for fruit cake is over but still I do hope you make it sometime & like it too.

      Hope you had a Merry Xmas with your loved ones & thanks for your wishes.

      Wish you & your family a happy & blessed new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Smitha

    Hi Maria,

    I made this cake today. Came out GREAT!!!! My husband’s words ” Adipoli cake, sammathichirikkunnu njan!!!”

    It is superb!!! I completely followed the recipe,didn’t make any changes, but soaked the fruits in brandy only for a week. Still tasting good.

    Thank you very much for this excellent recipe…

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Smitha,

      Thanks a lot dear for trying this recipe and also for posting a comment here. I’m so happy :)

      Very nice to know that your family liked this cake.

      I’m sorry for the delayed reply.

      Wish you & your family a wonderful year ahead!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • shammim

    Hi Maria,

    Compliments of the season :)

    Wanted to let you know the feedback on this cake I baked for Christmas, I followed the steps as you mentioned. I soaked the dry fruits in Orange juice only for 1 day.

    Maria, the result was amazing. Soft , tasty yummy cake, I gave it to my friends, everyone just loved it……..:) . all the credit goes to you Maria. This is first time I baked Fruit Cake and it was just perfect..

    Thank you, for the wonderful and perfect recipe.

    May God Bless you and your family with Good Health and Happiness always.

    Regards,
    SHAMMIM

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Dear Shammim,

      Thank you for such a lovely comment & wishes. I’m so glad that the cake came out well for you.

      I’m really sorry for the delayed response :(

      Wish you & your family a very happy & blessed new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Vidya

    Hey… I left a comment after trying out few recipes almost a year back I think and here it is… your
    blog is still going strong!!! Wow it looks great and you sound still the same nice warm person… Infact its only when my maid goes on long vacation that I venture into the kitchen… And after one year she has gone home again now and first thing I did was google for Marias Menu and have been reading up all day…
    I was quite surprised that you take the pics of the dishes yourself… I think you have a real knack for aesthetics or whatever you call it… Keep going girl! :-)

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Vidya,

      Nice to see you here again and thanks for all the sweet words :) I’m on vacation presently & hence the delayed response, sorry about it :(

      I hope your maid takes holiday more often ;) Anyways its really great to know that you like this space and also the pics. I think I should give the credit for the photographs to my camera.

      Wish you and your family a beautiful new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Nima

    Hi Maria, Wish u a Merry Christmas n a very very Happy New Year in advance :))
    Tried this cake y’day n it came out very well. Thanks to u Maria for the perfect receipes, all the receipes tht i have tried have turned out perfect.

    May God bless u all always. Have a grt year ahead :))

    Nima

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Nima,

      Thanks for all your wishes and also for the wonderful comment. I’m so happy that the cake came out well for you :)

      Since I’m on vacation now, I’m not able to reply to comments on time. Sorry about it.

      Wish you & your family a happy & blessed year ahead! God Bless!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sabina

    Thank u so much for such a wonderful recipe…..tried tis out,soaked the fruits a month back when i saw the update in talimpu…baked for christmas got 3 medium cakes and it was a hit……Keep up the good work!!
    Wishing u a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year 2011

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Sabina,

      You are welcome dear :) Great to hear that the cake was a hit. Thanks for trying it and also for the comment. Appreciate it very much. Hope you had a Merry Xmas.

      Sorry for the delayed reply :(

      Wish you & your family a wonderful year ahead!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Joycey

    Hi maria…
    Wish u a very happy and prosperous 2011.

    I had lft a comment earlier too, but somehow nvr got to c it. I jst wantd to say a BIG THANK YOU.. for ur wonderful cake recipe. I tried it and it came out so well & along wth it came loads of complement. thnk u so much.
    By the way.. u r nt to b seen/heard/read for the past so many days….???

    Mariaaa.aaa…whr r u ?

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Joycey,

      Thank you so much for the wishes! We had some technical problem & lost some comments, that’s why your comment didnt appear here.

      Its so good to know that you got compliments for this cake. Thanks dear for trying this recipe :)

      I’m on vacation presently, that’s why there is no action here :) Sorry for the delayed response. Hope you understand.

      Wish you & your loved ones a blessed year ahead!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Magpie

    Hi Maria

    Congrats on the cook book and the new look for site!
    Ria and I are hosting Kerala Kitchen a food blogging event for those inspired by Kerala and would be honoured if you would join us as you are the queen of Kerala cooking :)

    http://magpiesrecipes.blogspot.com/p/keralakitchen.html

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks Magpie! I’m flattered :)

      Great to know about the event and all the best to you both! I really wish I could join but I’m currently on vacation and taken a small break from blogging.

      Wish you a lovely year ahead!

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Magpie

        Thanks Maria! wish you could join us, maybe when you are back to blogging in the next round up maybe! Feel Kerala Kitchen would be incomplete without you!
        Have a fun vacation!

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  • http://anishathefoodie.wordpress.com Anisha

    Hi Maria,
    I baked this cake and put it as an Easter special on my blog. Thank you so much for the lovely recipe.

    Cheers
    Anisha

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Anisha,

      Thanks dear for sharing it on your blog too :) I’m glad you liked it.

      Best wishes for your blog!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://anishathefoodie.wordpress.com Anisha

    Thanks Maria for your kind words

  • Sharmila Bhattar

    Maria, is this otherwise called plum cake?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Yes Sharmila, its also known as Plum cake.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Pkbetsy

    Maria, I really want to try out this cake!!! It would be really helpful if u could  please mention all the cup measurements in grams in the recipie….   :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Betsy,

      Please give me sometime to do the conversion. I hope to update the recipe with grams soon.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Betsy

    Hi Maria.. Can you tell the size of the measuring cup that you have used.. is it 240ml for 1 cup??

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Betsy,

      Yeah its almost 240… 236 to be precise.

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Betsy

        Thanks a lot maria…. I have kept the dry fruit for soaking :)

  • guest007

    Hi Maria,I am a big fan of your recipes, most of the times just sneak in take recipes and leave without a comment :( Sorry for that
    I am going to follow this recipe for Xmas cake this time. Can you tell me the size of the pan you used? You mentioned you made two cakes(  9 inch each) Can you also  mention height/width of your pan?

    Thanks,keep up the good work!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Guest007,

      Thank you so much for your kind words!

      I’m sorry dear…. I’m not in Bahrain presently & so I cant tell you the exact measurements of the tin :( I used a 9 inch round tin (9 inch is width size). Its not a very deep tin, its slightly deeper than a sandwich cake tin. I do hope this gives you an idea about the size of the tin.

      Hope you like the cake. Happy baking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • elsa

    hai maria
     can i soak the fruits in juice?if so, which juice and how long. hope u will help me with this. i really want to bake this for this Xmas.thanks.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Elsa,

      I havent tried soaking it in fruits yet. However I’ve read somewhere that you can soak the fruits in fruit juice. You can use orange/apple/pineapple juice. You can soak it overnight at room temp.

      I do hope it works well. Please do share your feedback if you try this.

      Happy baking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Juvariashifaz

    hii,,, i really wanna try this out,, but the problem is that v cant use brandy coz im a muslim,, can u pls tell a substitute for brandy pllz plzzz,,, thnkzzz

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Juvariashifaz,

      I havent tried it without alcohol. But I think you can soak the fruits in orange/apple/pineapple juice overnight @ room temp, instead of alcohol.

      Hope this works!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • elsa

    hi maria
     can i soak fruits in juice? if so, which juice and how long. thanks.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Elsa,

      Hope you got my reply…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Bindu

    Hi…i tried your receipe and came out really well. Instead of Rum, i used one and a half cup of orange juice as I’m allergic to alcohol to soak the fruits overnite  and didn’t add the jam. The batter is just nice for a 9 inch pan with 3 inch depth. Temperature was adjusted to 160 C as I added lot of nuts to the fruit mix for a slow baking. Thanks again for sharing the wonderful receipe…God bless you in this advent season

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Bindu,

      You are welcome dear! I’m really happy to know that the cake came out well for you :) Can I ask you a favour? Can you please share me the details of soaking the fruits in orange juice… did you leave it outside or in fridge? Did you use fresh orange juice or store bought one? Also did you add orange juice to the batter instead of rum?

      I’m sorry to bombard you with all these questions. But I get many queries from readers who dont use alcohol. I havent tried it without alcohol yet. So it would be a great help, if you could share the details.

      Thanks again dear…

      Wish you a Merry Xmas in advance!

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Tomibindu

        Hi Maria..
         
        I’m always happy to share my experiences, so no worries
        I used fresh orange juice and left outside in a plastic bottle about 15 hrs. One and half cup of orange juice was just nice to soak the 3 cups of fruits. I used 1.5 cups of cashew nuts. I didn’t add the left over juice to the batter as i was scared it may affect the consistency. 
        Someone suggested to try with Ribena (grape cordial) instead of orange juice. I’m going to bake one more cake next week and let you know the result.
         
        Regards
        Bindu

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Bindu,

          Thank you so much for sharing it here dear! I’ll update the recipe with your note :)

          Cheers
          Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Smitha,

    My apologies for delayed reply to your query. I was away on a small holiday.

    Nice to know that you like the cake recipes posted here :) About your query, yep you can bake the second batch after the first one is done. I also did like that.

    Wish you a Merry Xmas in advance!

    Take care…
    Maria

    • Smitha

      Thanks a lot Maria.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and family.God Bless.

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Meria,

    From my experience, there are a number of reasons why the cake sink in the middle.

    1. Frequent opening of oven doors while baking will cause sinking of cake in the middle.
    2. Not using the correct size baking pan.
    3. If the egg whites are not fully beaten.

    About the plain egg whites you’ve mentioned…. I think its always better to beat the egg whites just before using it, otherwise it happens like you’ve mentioned.

    Hope this helps….

    Thanks for trying this recipe dear, I do hope it comes out perfect next time.

    Wish you a Merry Xmas in advance!

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Siby

    my cake came out dry

  • Siby

    not sure…what happened. i followed the exact recipe and my cake came out a little dry

  • Teena Thomas

    Hi Maria,
    I’m new to your blog…but am beginning to fall in love with it already..:-) Some of the recipe pics remind me of my mom’s food…
    I came across this one and cant wait till Christmas to try it out..I have already soaked the dry fruits(and added a bit of nuts to it as well) about 3 weeks back. I wanted to know if there were any oven settings that were different for baking two cakes at the same time. Also, if i mix the batter for two separate cakes and bake them one after another, will the second cake still rise (since the rising agents have been mixed with the wet ingredients for 45 mins)? And lastly can I directly halve the ingredients to make one for Christmas and one for New years?
    Sorry for all the questions… and thank you for all the wonderful recipes!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Teena,

      Welcome To MM! Its nice to hear that recipes here reminds you of your mom’s cooking :)

      About your queries:

      1. As far as I know, there is no separate oven settings for baking two cakes at once. The normal settings would do.
      2. Its ok to leave the batter for the second cake outside while the first one is baking. That’s how I do it.
      3. I guess you can directly have the ing and bake at separate times.

      Hope its clear now. Happy baking & I do hope that your cake comes out well.

      Wish you & your loved ones a Merry Christmas!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Blessy

    Hi Maria..

    I tried this Cake recipe and it came out nice and yummy. Thank you :)  I used Orange juice instead of Rum to soak the dry fruits and nuts.  One and half cup orange juice for 3 cups of mixed nuts fruits and I kept this to soak in the fridge for almost a week and just giving the jar a little shake every once in a while.. Plus I added a tablespoon of Coco powder for extra color..  

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Blessy,

      Your cake looks awesome dear! Thanks for trying the recipe from here & also for sharing the details. Btw, adding coco powder is a good idea!

      Wish you & your family a Merry Christmas!

      I’ve uploaded your cake pic in MM FB page. You can see it here:

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?
      fbid=10150465059224250&set=a.447010634249.241342.189169034249&type=1&theater

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    :) Thanks for your wishes dear!

    Take care,
    Maria

  • Jesnamary

    Hi Maria, 

    Ur cake looks so yummy .. I want to try this .. But my oven is not functioning properly now .. so i want to know whether i can bake the same in a pressure cooker .. if so, please let me know the procedure .. 

    Wishing u and ur family a very haapy xmas .. 

    Thanks, 
    Jesna

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jesna,

      First of all, apologies for the delayed reply.

      I havent tried baking it in a pressure cooker yet. But I think since other bakes can be baked in cooker, this also can be done. But I’m clueless about the time required. May be you can try a small batch. Hope it turns out well.

      Thanks a lot for your wishes! Wish you a Wonderful New Year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Anjutomy

    Hi Maria,
    Your blog is really great.Twice I tried the cake &  it came out superb both times  .Thanks for the great recipe.Insted of 4 tbsp I added the whole remaining rum. Wish you & Jose a merry Xmas & a happy new year

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Anju,

      Thank you so much dear :) I’m really happy that the cake turned out well for you.

      Wish you also a Happy & Blessed Year ahead!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Bijoy

    Hi Maria,

    We baked this cake for Christmas and it came out beautifully :) Didn’t get the same color as in your snaps, but it tastes wonderful. Thanks.
    Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

    Regards
    Bijoy n Indu

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Bijoy,

      Great to know that your fruit cake turned out well. About the colour, it depends on the caramel. The darker the caramel is the darker the colour of the cake also.

      Thanks a lot for the comment & wishes. Wish you also a Happy & Blessed New Year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sindhu Bipin

    Hallo maria,

    Wish you merry christmas and a happy new year 2012….

    Recently only I started baking cakes. Have made carrot cake, apple cinnamon cake couple of times. My cake always comes out soft and tasty but it is having a sticky texture. Can you please tell me why it happens. I want to make this plum cake soon and want it to be perfect.
    I have one more doubt 1 cup you refer is how much ml???? i usually use nescafe red mug. It is 250ml.
    Waiting eagerly for you reply and bake plum cake..

    rgds
    sindhu
    kuwait

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sindhu,

      Thanks for your wishes dear!

      One of the reasons for cake turning out to be sticky can be storing it before it is completely cooled.Make sure the cake is cooled well, then only store it. Some other reasons can be the cake can be under baked or the air humidity is too high.
      I use stad measuring cups & my 1 cup is equivalent to 242 ml.

      Hope your fruit cake turns out great! Happy baking!

      Wish you too a happy & blessed new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Sindhu Bipin

        Hallo Maria,

        Happy New Year.

        Thanks for your reply. I baked the cake for the new year party and it came out well. Got lots of compliments from all guests. I am very happy.. Thank you for your  womderful recipes and keep posting more….
         
        Have a great 2012….

        Love
        Sindhu

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Sindhu,

          Great to know that the cake came out well for you! I’m really happy that it was appreciated by your guests :)

          Thanks a lot for the comment dear!

          Cheers
          Maria

  • Sabu Manjusha

    Hey Maria,

    I recently came across your website and became a huge fan.I followed a couple of your recipes and turned out great. I am going to bake this cake, but I ve run out of rum. Can I use just one cup instead of 1.5 cups of rum? Will this alter the taste as well as the texture of the cake?

    Wish you a happy new year!!
    Minu

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Minu,

      Thank you very much for trying out the recipes from here. I’m glad that you liked them.

      You can make it with 1 cup rum, but just make sure you shake the bottle daily or turn it upside down once, so that all the fruits gets soaked.

      Hope your cake comes out well :)

      Happy baking!

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Sabu Manjusha

        Hey Maria,

        I baked the cake last day, and it came out great! The cake was soft and moist, and tasted almost the same as that my aunt used to bake.Thank you for posting this recipe.

        Minu

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Minu,

          Great to know that your cake turned out well :) I’m also happy to hear that it reminded you of your aunt’s cake.  

          Thanks dear for sharing the feedback with me.

          Cheers
          Maria

  • Neenu

    Hi maria,
    I was searching for a fruit cake recipe to make for this christmas…i could find a few recipe in the internet..But I felt ur recipe was the best and made exactly how you have described..I soaked the dry fruits just for one week and even then it was super delicious..I was expecting a darker color for the cake..i think its bcoz i didn’t make the caramel tht dark..if u like to see the cake i made with ur recipe u can chk it in 123delicious.blogspot.com.Thank you for this wonderful recipe..Have a gr8 yr ahead…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Neenu,

      Thank you very much for trying out the fruit cake from here. Great to know that you liked it.

      Yeah.. the colour of the cake very much depends on the colour of the caramel. This year, one of my cakes was also not that dark, since I didnt make a dark caramel…

      I’ll check out your cake..

      Thanks for your wishes & wish you too a wonderful new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Jerinjosep

    HI Maria,

    Jus like you, I dont like the fruit cake u get in shops and would love to try out this recipie :) I do happen to self raising flour .. Can i substitute plain flour with self raising flour and omit baking powder and baking soda for this recipe? 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Jerin,

      Self raising flour should work ideally. I havent tried it yet with SR flour. However to be on a safer side, you can add may be 1/2 tsp of Baking powder. Hope the cake comes out well.

      Happy baking dear!

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Jerinjosep

         Hi Maria

        Wanted to let you know that the cake turned out to be very yummy , my husband loved it :) However, there was a big crack on the top of the cake. Could you tell me what are the possible reasons for this?

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Jerin,

          How are you dear? I’m glad that you liked it.

          There can be a number of reasons for the crack on top…

          It can be my fault too… Looks like excess rising agents can cause crack. I suggested you add extra baking powder, right? It can be one of the reason, so sorry about it dear :(

          Other reasons can be… over mixing of the batter, also if the oven is too hot, using incorrect baking tins etc;

          Hope it comes out well next time :)

          Cheers
          Maria

          • Jerinjosep

            Dear Maria,

            One final update :D it was my husband’s bday this weekend and he insisted that I make this cake only :)  So, I tried this out again… and this time the cake was perfect without any cracks… you are not the culprit dear :D my oven temp was a lil on the higher side.. I also impressed a north Indian friend with this recipe :D Thanks again..

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    You are welcome Vipin! Nice to know that the cake turned out well for you :)

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Carol Thomas

    Hi Maria, I tried this cake out last Xmas and it a super hit with my frens, all THANKS to you :) ..Only prob was that the caramel part dint turn out proper for me ,it was turning solid on contact wit the batter :( …. Im plannin to follow the same recipe this yr ( but halved since it was a big cake) for my parents.. fingers crossed it turns out even better than before …

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Carol,

      Thanks dear :) I’m not sure why the caramel didnt work out well. hope it comes out perfect this time.

      All the best!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sherin

    hi Maria,
    lovely cake…i must say..
    btw what is the measurement of 1 cup u use?is it 128gm or236gm?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Sherin! it’s 128 gms..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Anu Jacob

    Maria can you pls give me the metric measurements for the cups you are using to measure. That will be very helpful.. As measuring cups are slightly different in some countries..(eg. US and UK cup measurements are not same.) Thanks..

  • vidya

    Hi Maria,
    I am planning to bake the cake this year, but I do not have an oven, I generally bake all my cakes in a convection microwave. I am just not sure about the rum part. Would it still work out fine in the microwave. Any idea about the same?

  • Neetha Mathew

    Hi Maria,

    Today is Dec and just few more days for Christmas. I wanted to know if I can soak the dry fruits in Red Wine / Grape wine.

    Mary

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Neetha,

      You can soak it even now. Min 1 week of soaking is required, so you still have time :) I usually soak it in rum or a combination of rum/brandy and wine. I havent soaked it using only wine, so I’m not sure about it.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Neetha Mathew

    HI Maria,

    I would like to know if we can soak the dry fruits in red wine.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Neetha,

      I’ve soaked the fruits ina combination of wine and rum/brandy. I havent soaked it using only wine, so I’m not sure about it.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Hi Shemi,

    yes, you can! I’ve given the alcohol free version under points 11 & 12 in the instruction section of the recipe. Please refer that.

    Cheers
    Maria

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  • sangeeta

    Hi Maria, I searched on your website and found this…made it yesterday. Turned out awesome. Thanks for sharing this. Featured it on my blog http://thinditheerta.blogspot.in/2012/12/christmas-fruitplum-cake.html thank you. Merry Christmas!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Sangeeta! Great to know that you liked this cake. Thanks a bunch for sharing it on your blog too.

      Sorry for the delayed reply. I’m currently on vacation, hence the delay..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Guest

    Hi Maria,

    I am also not a fan of Plum cakes. But this Christmas I decided to make the Fruit Cake. This became a huge hit among my family and friends. They all loved it. Thanks for sharing the recipe..

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a lot for the comment. I’m glad that you liked this cake and that it was a hit at your place :)

      Wish you a wonderful new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sheeba

    Even I am not a big fan of Plum cakes. But this Christmas I decided to make this cake for a change. It was a big hit among my family and friends. My hubby loved this cake.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Sheeba :) Really happy that this cake turned out well for you.

      Wish you a happy new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Priya

    Hi Maria,

    This is sort of last minute. I saw this recipe now and was wondering if soaking the dried fruits for just couple of hours will do? Tomorrows Christmas and I was planning to bake this today evening in another 8 hrs.
    Thanks,
    Priya

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Priya,

      I’m really sorry for the delayed reply. I’m away on vacation now, so I dont check mails frequently.

      Did you get a chance to bake this cake? Ideally, it has to be soaked for a min of 1-2 weeks. But I guess there will be a slight flavour even if you soak only for a few hours.

      Wish you a beautiful new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Priya

        I understand Maria, so no problem :) happy new Year to you too! And yes, I got to make the cake with just overnight soaking. It came out in two batches and everyone absolutely loved it. Thank you for the wonderful recipe! Looks like I’ll have to make this cake for every occasion thanks to high demand :D

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Priya,

          Great to know that it worked well even with minimum soaking :) Thanks for letting me know about it.

          Cheers
          Maria

  • Manju

    Dear Maria, Merry Christmas to you. This Christmas was special for me because its the first time i bake a cake (Christmas fruit cake) and it turned out to be perfect in the first try. Thank you so much for the recipe. Hope you had a beautiful day too.

  • Manju

    Dear Maria, Merry Christmas to you. This Christmas was special for me because its the first time i bake a cake (Christmas fruit cake) and it turned out to be perfect in the first try. Thank you so much for the recipe. Hope you had a beautiful day too.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Manju,

      Thanks a lot dear for the Christmas wishes. It’s a pleasure to know that the cake turned out well for you in the first time itself :)

      Wish you and your family a wonderful and blessed new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/melisha.noronha Melisha Noronha

    Hi Maria…I never really made a Christmas cake until this year when i found you recipe. It was a super hit. I made two batches of cake and i had to fight hard to save it until Christmas. Wonderful recipe. Thank you so much.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Melisha,

      You are welcome dear :) I’m really thrilled to know that the cake turned out well in your first attempt itself.

      Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. wish you a very happy new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • sini

    hi maria.this Christmas also went well with ur plum cake,,,will send the photo..i tried dragon chicken & pineapple sago pudding ..all excellent..thank u for the recipes

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Sini dear :) Thanks for trying all those recipes from here… would love to see your cake pic

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Roberta Cheriyan

    Hi Maria,

    This looks delicious and I will definitely make it at Christmas. You mention 1 tbsp. spoon Apricot Jam in the ingredients. Is this optional and just for the topping, for instance, if you wish to decorate with marzipan?

    Thanks in advance

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Roberta,

      Thank you :) The jam is kinda optional. It’s used in the cake batter and not for decoration.

      Btw, you can soak the fruits now itself. I’ve soaked mine in Jan :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • anju pillai

    Hi Maria!!
    Was wanting to make the typical Kerala style christmas cake this year when i happened to see this one. I have a query,Is it necessary to make caramel…I always mess up with caramalisation :( Do reply.
    Thankyou .

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Anju,

      The caramel gives the colour to the cake. hhmm but there is an option, though I havent tried it yet.

      You can use brown sugar instead of white one, it should give a brownish colour without compromising the taste too.

      Hope this helps..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Nija Raision

    Mariaaaaaaaa,I made it dear.it turned out superrrrrb :-D.thanku so much.my husband loved it.nd wl make it for our xmas&wedding anniversary party(Dec27)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you Nija :) I’m so happy that the cake came out well.

      Wish you both a happy anniversary in advance, God Bless!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Tinssy

    Hi Maria, I’m planning to try this out next week. I’m not sure about microwave temperature settings. Can I try this using a pressure cooker?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Tinssy,

      Please check out the below link to know the details of MW baking:

      http://www.mariasmenu.com/desserts/double-chocolate-brownies-and-all-you-need-to-know-about-microwave-baking-guest-post

      I havent baked using a pressure cooker. But if you usually bake cakes in pressure cooker, then I guess you can bake this one as well.

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Tinssy

        Hey Maria, hope you had a wonderful Christmas. So here’s my cooker cake. managed to make two with these measurements. Sadly, I got only one piece to eat.Guess that is something to be happy about :) Thank you. Happy New Year

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Tinssy,

          We had a lovely Christmas, thank you! Your cake looks nice, it’s got a very good colour :)

          So looks like your cake was a super hit!

          Wish you too a very happy new year!

          Cheers
          Maria

  • smitha kunnath

    Hi Maria, Does the caramel harden.? I made the caramel as per ur instructions but it is hard as rock now after cooling. is there something wrong with my preparation or does it have to be this way?. Please help as I am planning to make the cake tomorrow

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Smitha,

      The caramel doesnt harden, it has to be in liquid stage.

      The caramel tends to harden when the temp of water you add isnt correct. You need to add warm water. Did you follow the instructions exactly?

      Please try making it again and I do hope it comes out well this time.

      Cheers
      Maria

      • smitha kunnath

        Yes… Tried around 4 times but in vain. We’ll will add brown sugar instead

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          I’m Sorry Smitha it didnt work out :(( Hope the cake came out well and you enjoyed it.

          Merry Christmas to you and your family!

          Cheers
          Maria

  • Santhi

    Hi Maria,

    For the measuring cup I use, 1 cup = 250 ml. Can I follow the same recipe using these measurements? I have already soaked the fruits using this cup size. Please advise.

    Thanks,
    Santhi

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Yes Santhi, you can use this measurement for this cake.

      Happy baking! I do hope you enjoy the cake.

      Cheers
      Maria

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  • Shiba

    Hi maria , this cake was a super success for me.It has boosted my conf in baking. Thakyou

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you so much Shiba :) I’m so happy that it worked out well for you.

      Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Nidhi Renil

    Hi Maria,
    Can I make this cake without alcohol. I am preparing this for kids. I have seen your alcohol less cake recipe, but that is eggless. I want to add egg but not alcohol. Whats ur opinion?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Nidhi,

      yes you can. I’ve already mentioned about it in the end of the recipe. Please go through it.

      Hope your cake comes out well, happy baking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Lakshmi

    Hi Maria,
    I tried this recipe & it came out really well :-) This was my first time making a plum cake. All thanks to you for making it special.
    You have a wonderful blog here, with lovely presentation of recipes. I have tried other recipes of yours too & gone through many others just for the yummy pics :-)
    Wish you & your family a Merry Christmas & Happy New year :-)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Lakshmi,

      Thanks a lot for your comment! I’m so happy to know that your first attempt at plum cake worked out well :)

      Wish you too a wonderful new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Thanks Smitha :) I’ll try my best to see if I can add a more detailed step about caramel.

    Wish you a happy new year!

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Ligy George Chalishery

    Hi Maria,
    I tried the cake for Xmas this year and it came out perfect . you can check the picture at ligysspace.blogspot. in

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you so much Ligy :) your cake looks great! Best wishes to your blog!

      Wish you a wonderful year ahead!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sheena

    Hi Maria …I have tried this cake…came out very well….Your blog is a reference place for me to try Kerala Christian Recipes…
    I soaked the fruits in half cup of rum and used milk for mixing to adjust the consistency. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sheena,

      Great to know that this cake worked out well for you :) I’m glad that you consider this blog as a reference source.

      Wish you a beautiful year ahead!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Anna Koshi

    Hi, Maria,
    i made this cake for Christmas and i am simply thrilled to say that it came out soo well that i had my family and friends licking their fingers all the way. Thanks so much for the recipe and i am happy to say that i am now a die-hard Marias Menu fan!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Anna,

      Thank you so much for your comment! I’m so thrilled to know that this cake was appreciated by your friends n family :)

      Wish you a great year ahead!

      Cheers
      Maria