It is Christmas season …(well too early to say that…though….) and time to indulge in some cakes. Infact there need not be any reason to prepare this cake but to prepare a fruit cake I think you need a seasonal inspiration.
The idea of a marble fruit cake has been in my mind for sometime and I tried it with some skepticism. But the result was fabulous with lots of appreciation from all quarters…. to whomever I shared. This is an easy cake since the amount of fruits is comparatively less and does not require long preparation time for chopping or soaking ….it is just all quick.
The flavors of vanilla and chocolate alongwith the flavors of orange rind and rum complement well to give a really nice taste.
Butter – 120 gms
Flour – 3 cups (300 gms)
Baking powder – ¾ tsp
Caster Sugar – 2 ¼ cup (240 gms)
Combination of fruits & nuts
Dates – 10
Raisins – 20
Cherry – 20
Walnuts – a handful
Almonds – a handful
Rum – 2 tbsp or orange juice – 2 tbsp
Salt – 2 pinch
Cocoa powder -2 heap tbsp
Milk – 3 tbsp
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
Orange rind, chopped – 1 tbsp
Blanched almonds - 10
# Chop the fruits and soak them in rum or orange juice for 2 – 3 hours.
# Prepare a baking pan (butter the pan and dust it with flour). Place a round sheet of paper on the bottom of the pan. I usually prepare the pan and leave it in the refrigerator so that the butter does not melt and lose its consistency.
# Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder three times.
# Mix the soaked fruits and nuts. Dust one fourth of the flour mix with the fruit and nut and roughly mix.
# Add the cocoa powder to the milk, mix well and keep it aside.
# Since this is a marble cake, two bowls are required for the cake batter.
# Preheat oven at 170 C.
In a mixing bowl, place the butter and beat it with an electric mixer until soft. Add the sugar in 3 batches and continue mixing. Once all the sugar is added beat in high speed for 5 minutes until the butter sugar mixture has doubled in volume. Add the egg one by one. Beat well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract. Add the flour in 2-3 batches and mix with a spatula. Add the orange rind and flour coated, fruits and nuts.
Pour half of the cake batter into another bowl. Add the cocoa mix and mix well.
Take the prepared pan and first place one third of the vanilla batter in the middle of the pan. Then place half of the cocoa batter followed by a third of vanilla, another half of cocoa and finally the third portion of the vanilla batter. Make sure the batter is place in the middle one after another.
To spread the batter till the edge of the pan and to get the marble shape use a knife or your pointing finger, dig into the middle of the batter and gently move it in circular motion. Tap the cake pan gently so that the batter smoothens itself on top.
(At this stage I was slightly in a hurry and that is why the marble shape did not appear clearly. For a better understanding of the marble design please take a look at the simple marble cake which I have prepared earlier).
Decorate the top of the cake with blanched almonds. Bake at 170C for 30 – 35 minutes. Check after 30 minutes till a skewer inserted comes out clean. Take out the cake and let it cool.
This is a very moist and super delicious cake. Do try it this Christmas season and let me know.