As a kid, when the Christmas season used to set in with the start of Christmas Hols.. all I used to wait for is the Plum cake with Rum…the yummy Rose cookies and Kalkal (Kidio/Kidios). I studied in a Catholic Convent school. Had loads of friends whose mum made this cake for christmas. If you did not get enough of them.. you could buy these goodies from the famous Vas Bakery in Mangalore., which happens to be on the same street the school was situated in.
My husband got a bottle of Old Monk through a friend to Glasgow. 🙂 I kept looking at the bottle and I thought… this famous dark run from India has to be put to good use.. So I put it to good use..
This christmas cake is very flavourful.. while it’s baking away in the oven your whole house would be engulfed in the heavenly aroma of the spices its blended with…not to forget the dark rum used to soak the various candied fruits, the rum adds a juicy kick to this cake.
You can chop the candied fruits, orange peel into smaller pieces and then soak them in the Rum if you wish to. I did not. I just soaked them the way they are available, from the packet for about 8-10 hrs.
There are some who add walnuts to this cake as well. But I have not since I prefer this cake without them.
I cannot purely take credit for this cake. I read the recipe of Plum Cake on another food blog called Love Food Eat, though I have tweaked it a lot to suit the flavours I was used to since childhood. So I made sure I got what I wanted in the cake. 🙂
We have a lot of teeny tiny parties to hang out as most of us are away from home. So this being the holiday season, we obviously had to meet up for a Christmas party. I chose to bake a cake & carry it to the friends place where we decided to hang out. It was almost like a Potluck.. yummy home cooked food with the endless chit-chats & dumb charades to keep us laughing.. you must try dumb charades after a few rounds of drinks.. its absolutely awesome.. !!
Ingredients: (Serves 8-10)
Candied fruits and citrus peel – 1/2 cup, soaked for at least 2 hrs in the Rum, I soaked it for about 8-10 hrs
Dark rum – 1 Cup (about 240 ml)
Sugar – 3/4 Cup
Cooking Oil – 1/4 Cup
All purpose flour – 2 cups
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Eggs – 3, beaten well
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Baking soda – 1tsp
Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp
Vanilla flavouring – 1/2 tsp
Ginger powder – 1/4 tsp
Clove powder – 1/4 tsp
Nutmeg powder – 1/4 tsp
In a big mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and all the dry spice powders.
Pre-heat the oven at 160 degree celsius. Grease a cake tin with some oil. Even if the cake tin you are using is nonstick. I used a springform cake tin as its easier to take the cake out once it is baked.
Mix sugar, beaten eggs and oil to the soaked fruits along with the rum that was added to soak the fruits. Mix well. Slowly pour this mixture into the flour and spice mix, fold it all together till well incorporated and pour the bater into the greased cake tin.
Bake this in the pre-heated oven for about 40 minutes. The top of the cake should have a nice golden brown colour. Check if a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. That means the cake is baked. Else bake for another 4-5 minutes.
After the cake is baked, take it out and let it cool down completely. It should be about 20-30 minutes, before you cut it.
How I love to enjoy this cake:
Cut up slices & enjoy with some red wine… & other Christmas goodies..
If you liked this recipe, do not forget to check – Messy Black forest fruits fresh cream cake, Summer fruits Compote sandwiched between Sponge cake.., Coffee Banana loaf Cake with Coffee ganache frosting etc.