Christmas Plum Cake Recipe
- 24 December 2021,
- 10:59 PM
SUMMARY: A Christmas Cake is a symbol at Christmas, also called a fruitcake. It contains dried fruit, raisins, currants, cherries etc.. With a heavy cover of icing. It is a tradition to bake a Christmas cake, and send them over to family and friends before the big festive day. Making and consumption of Christmas cake is a very old English tradition, which came into existence as plum porridge. On the eve of Christmas, people always ate the porridge after one complete day of fasting. After a quick time, they started adding spices, honey, and dried fruits to the porridge mixture. This took another form and was called Christmas pudding. However, in the 16th century, the original recipe was altered by the removal of oatmeal and the addition of wheat flour, eggs, and butter. Here, exotic eastern spices were used that were brought by the Wise Men. This final cake was called “Christmas Cake”. Nowadays, these festive cakes are made in different methods, however, all of them are variations of the classical fruitcake. The Christmas Cakes are available in various options such as light or dark, dry or moist, heavy or spongy, etc. Further, these types of cakes are made in assorted shapes with the add-ons of glazing, frosting, and a dusting of sugar; plain cakes are also present in the market. Most people prefer to make their own Christmas cake in their homes. But, a few do not have the time or patience for this. In this case, they can visit a nearby store to purchase the readymade Christmas cakes. Apart, a few online websites also deliver the Christmas cake to your doorstep.
- Chef: Annavita
- Category: Desserts
- Cuisine: Bakery
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 2 hours 30 mins
- Total Time: 2 hours 40 mins
- Servings: 4-5 peaces
- Nutrition: 237 calories in 1 medium slice (70 g)
Ingredients of Christmas Plum Cake:
- 1 kg mixed dried fruits
- 200g brown sugar
- 250g butter
- 1 lemon and orange zest, juice
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 175 flour
- 100g almonds
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp cloves
- 2 tsp mixed spice
How to make Christmas Plum Cake
Step 1: Add the mixed dried fruits, butter, brown sugar, orange and lemon zest
Add the mixed dried fruits, butter, brown sugar, orange and lemon zest, juice to the pan and set it over to medium heat.
Step 2: Boil and simmer it for 5 mins
Bring to boil and simmer it for 5 mins, tip the mixture onto a large bowl and let it cool for half an hour.
Step 3: Heat the oven to 150C/130C
Heat the oven to 150C/130C, line the 20 cm tin cake with baking parchment. Then wrap it with a double layer newspaper and tie a string to keep it secure.
Step 4: Add flour, mixed spice, almonds, cinnamon, cloves, baking powder, eggs, vanilla extract to the mixture
Add the plain flour, mixed spice, almonds, cinnamon, cloves, baking powder, eggs, vanilla extract to the mixture. Stir well to make sure there are no pockets of flour.
Step 5: Bake it in the oven for 2 hrs
Tip the mixture into the tin, level it up with a spatula and bake it in the oven for 2 hrs.
Step 6: Let the cake cool
After 2 hrs, bring the cake out and poke holes with a skewer. Let the cake cool.
Step 7: Ready to Eat
Peel the baking parchment, wrap it with cling film. Leave it for a fortnight until you ice it and it’s ready for Christmas.
Christmas Cake Tips
A Christmas cake is one of the most important lists on the menu for this special day! Christmas cake just doubles the joy and adds a more warm feeling to this festival. It’s easy to bake a Christmas cake, but it’s best that the cake is baked fresh and nice to make it something to remember the festivity.
There are various recipes and methods to make a Christmas cake. To keep the cake fresh, you can wrap it in baking parchment, followed by a layer of kitchen foil. It should be stored in an airtight tin. This process should be repeated for a few feeds until it is consumed fully.
How to Store the Cake
Wrap an unfrosted cake in a tight plastic wrap, securing the sides, top and bottom of the layers. Then place it in a zip bag and store it at a room temperature for up to five days. For a frosted cake, there’s no need for a plastic wrap. Cover it with a cake keeper and keep it a room temperature for four to five days.
In this busy world, all types of Christmas cakes are made in advance. They are stored in airtight containers and they also undergo a “feeding” process, wherein small amounts of sherry or brandy are added every week until Christmas.
Types of Christmas Cake
- Makowiec Christmas cake of Poland
- Allahabadi Cake of India
- Yule Log or Chocolate Log of UK
- Christstollen of Germany
- Rum Cake of Jamaica
- Bolo Rei of Portugal
- Pandoro of Italy