Sunday, August 29, 2010

Eggless Fruit and Nut Cake

Dear All,

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Finally I am back to blogging after a short break which felt like long and which was unplanned. This month has been too hectic for me, with heavy workload and health not supporting I couldnt do a lot of blog hopping but I am hoping that things will go back to normal soon. This whole month I have been neglecting my oven though I really wanted to bake few things but never came around but when my dad's birthday was around the corner I just had to bake a cake for him. Though my dad loves sweets but due to his health he is now refrained from having sweets so I am always on lookout for recipes which are low in sugar and fats especially for my parents. Fruit and Nut cake seemed perfect to celebrate his birthday, this cake studded with rich dry fruits, spices and caramel was enjoyed by everyone in the family. My dad even commented that he would love to have this cake with some wine but one look from my mom and poor dad swallowed his feeling :-) Looking at this scene I remembered something "Even though the man is said to be the head of the house but wife is the neck who can turn the head any direction she wants", so true isnt it? :D

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Recipe adapted from Aayi's Recipe
Ingredients for Caramel:-
1/2 cup sugar (100 gms)
1/4 cup boiling water (60 ml)

Ingredients for Cake:-
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour (175 gms)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter melted (100 gms), I used Amul
1/2 cup cranberry juice (125 ml)
1 whole cinnamon stick
2 cloves
2 whole cardamon pods seeds
1 cup tuttu frutti (100 gms)
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds (50 gms)
1/2 cup finely chopped cashews (50 gms)
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (50 gms)
1/2 cup raisins

Procedure:-

  • One day before making the cake, soap the dry fruits in cranberry juice along with whole spices.
  • On the day of making the cake, first prepare the caramel. In heavy bottom pan heat the sugar on low heat.The sugar will start to melt, stir the melted sugar until all the sugar is melted and caramel is started to form. Slowly the melted sugar will become dark brown in color, make sugar that you donot burn the caramel or else it will spoil the taste of the cake, once whole sugar is metled and the mixture turns dark amber in color, remove from gas and put the vessel in sink. Now add in hot boiling water, about 1/4 cup, be extra careful here as the this will splutter a lot. Make sure you donot have children anywhere near you when you are doing this.
  • Cool this mixture completely before using in the cake.
  • Grease and flour a 6 or 7 inch cake pan. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees C.
  • Sieve the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Remove the whole spices from the soaked dry fruits (You can also soak the whole spices alone in the juice initially for a day and then use this spiced juice to soak your dry fruits). Add in melted butter and 1/3 cup sugar and earlier prepared caramel syrup. Mix well.
  • Now fold in the flour mixture in the dry fruits batter.
  • Pour the batter in the cake pan and bake for 45 to 50 mins, until the cake is well browned and a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  • Once done, remove the cake from oven and cool completely. Once cooled, wrap the cake in foil and store it in fridge overnight, this helps to intensify the flavors in the cake.
  • Remove the cake from fridge before 1 hour of serving.

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Verdict: This cake is perfect for celebrating any occasion, its moist and flavorful with rich dry fruits. Every bite has crunch of walnuts and almonds with flavors of cinnamon, cloves and cardamons. Have this cake with some wine after dinner or as a tea time cake, however you have it I am sure you will love it and want more.

56 comments:

  1. Gorgeous fruit cake,looks super moist and very delicious..

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  2. Baking this wonderful cake must have waken up your spirits i am sure.
    loved this rich cake n could feel the taste ...well almost...:)

    BTW 'soak' the fruits n nuts in cranberry juice has been typed as 'soap'...correct that.

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  3. Wow, yummy and fruity cake.
    Book marked this to make it.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Hugs buddy :) Nice to see you back :) And I simply love the cake.

    Wish uncle a very happy birthday :) May he live for long and enjoy all your baked treats :)

    "Even though the man is said to be the head of the house but wife is the neck who can turn the head any direction she wants" - I love this saying :) simply awesome :) he he.

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  5. the cake looks simply delish.. will give it a try soon!

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  6. scrumptious cake, hope you will be better soonish....loved the last quoted words :D

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  7. Lovely Cake...looks delicious!!!

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  8. What a great cake! It looks delicious. I bet your dad was thrilled:)

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  9. We call it the richmans cake at home!!! it has come out really soft!!!

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  10. Looks super moist and delightful!
    Love the heart shape :)

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  11. Hi Parita,
    First time here..really like your recipes n the way you present them..
    Many happy returns to your dad!!
    I love fruit cakes and this one looks so perfect , soft n moist..
    Will be here often:)
    Do drop by my space sometime.
    Take care,
    Aipi
    http://usmasala.blogspot.com/

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  12. awesome cake... perfect for any occasion!

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  13. Looks perfect and yummy. will try soon.

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  14. Awesome cake and it has come out beautiful too.. Wish your Dad Happy Birthday dear!!! Hope All enjoyed ur treat , I can say this seeing the cake itself.

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  15. cake looks absolutely delicious. i will try soon :)

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  16. A rich cake.... nd poor dad just swallowed :P
    Many Many happy returns to him (belated )

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  17. That is a lovely gorgeous cake...looks yumm with loads of nuts n tutti fruiti.

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  18. I love fruit cakes which reminds me of home. This looks absloutley delcious.

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  19. Welcome back Parita...missed your special posts...! Many more sweet returns to your Dad...!

    Perfect cake recipe to share your love to your parents...looks awesome..:)

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  20. Cake looks moist and very delicious. I too have tried this cake from Shilpa's.

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  21. Hi praita, how r u? cake looks very rich and yummy!!

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  22. Hello Parita, nice to see you back! Love this fruit cake.

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  23. A very happy birthday to your dad...Am sure he really loved this cake...very interesting soakign all those in cranberry juice..would it work with like an orange juice or something ?

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  24. wow delicious cake paritha ... it looks wonderful & yummy .......

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  25. That sounds like a really interesting and I'm sure delicious cake.

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  26. A very happy birthday to your dad!

    The cake looks rich and yummy!

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  27. This is such a pretty cake with all the fruit and nuts! I bet it would be delicious with a dollop of Greek yogurt!

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  28. happy bday to ur dad ! cake looks super delish !

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  29. Looks scrumptious! Love the fact that its egg less!

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  30. Gorgeous cake Parita, am sure it tastes as good as it looks.

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  31. Wow...it looks yummy! Good to see you after long.

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  32. Delicious cake, love the heart shape!

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  33. Hope you are feeling better. Fruit cake is one of my favorites, but never dared to try an eggless version. beautifully shaped.

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  34. I love fruit cakes. This one looks delicious :)

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  35. Dear R... such a lovely cake.. would like to make soon in our kitchen and taste it

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  36. Looks extremely delicious .. hope Mogambo liked it very much :P ...good going sweetheart .. :-)

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  37. Thats a Delicious Cake!!! Belated Bday Wished to ur Dad!!!

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  38. Wow its so delicious...i was planning to bake an egg less cake for a quite some time...now i got a perfect recipe..i will surely try this this weekend...Thanks Pari


    Anu

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  39. Belated wishes to your dad Parita. Looks so perfect and tempting. Perfect for the occasion.

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  40. hmmmm I love a good fruit cake!
    xo tash

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  41. It looks and sounds very, very delicious!

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  42. hiii first time here....wonderful recipes....yummy treats....happy to follow u...do visit my space..

    Lavanya

    www.lavsblog.com

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  43. I usually like Nutties in cakes,but this cake makes me to lick my screen..

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  44. Gorgeous cake,beautifully presented...

    Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

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  45. yumm!! yumm!!...will try it out soon

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  46. wow! very colorful and yumm...

    happy to follow you...

    chk out my space too:

    http://anuzhealthykitchen.blogspot.com/2011/06/event-july-healthy-fiber-and-protein.html

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  47. Hi Parita,

    First time here...indeed delicious recipes..just a quick question about this cake. Can I omit soaking nuts in cranberry juice? What will be the impact?

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  48. looks so yummy mouth watering thank you for posting

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