Friday, November 22, 2013

Part 2 of Premium Christmas Fruit Cake : Baking the Christmas Fruit Cake

When you think of Christmas there is tons of things to eat. One of them is Chirtmas Cakes! They cost alot! This year we're making our own to give to both our family.

Ingredients A
300g All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon of Baking Powder
0.5 teaspoon of Mixed Spice
0.5 teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
0.5 teaspoon of Ground Nutmeg
0.25 teaspoon of Ground Ginger

Step 1 Measure and mix Mixture A well, and set aside.

Ingredients B
300g slightly soften Butter
150g Brown Sugar
0.5 teaspoon of Lemon Zest
6 lightly beaten Eggs
3 tablespoon of Brandy/Whiskey/Rum (you can use your left over from the marination process)

Step 2 It's time to take out your juicy alcohol marinated dried fruits to drain with a sieve.

Step 3 Cream the Butter with Brown Sugar until light and fluffy.
Step 4 Stir in the Lemon Zest.
Step 5 Add the beaten eggs a bit at a time, beating well after each addition.
Step 6 In another large bowl mix the drained marinated dried fruits with Mixture A.

Step 7 Fold Mixture A & B together until incorporated.
Step 8 Lastly fold in the alcohol.

Step 9 Pre-heat the oven to 150°C.
Step 10 Spoon the cake mixture into the prepared baking pan. Make sure there is no air pockets. Fill it up till slightly below the top.
Step 11 Use the back of a spoon and smooth the surface.

Step 12 Before putting in the oven, do a quick check and clean up if there is any smears of cake batter on the greeseproof or parchment paper to avoid the smears from burning during the baking process.
Step 13 Place it at the second lowest rack or lowest rack of the oven this will have to be bake for 3 hours in total. During the baking time avoid opening the oven door too often as it will cause the cake to collapse.
Step 14 At the 1.5 hours mark, do a quick check to see if the cake top is browning too rapidly, cover with a double layer greeseproof or parchment paper if it is browning. It should look lightly brown as in the below picture.

Step 14 After a total of 3hours, insert the cake tester. If it comes out clean remove the cake from the oven as the cake is done. If there is some sticky dough on place it back in the oven to cook a while more.
Step 15 Leave the cake to cool in the tin on a wire rack for 30mins then remove from the tin and leave it on the wire rack to cool completely.

Have to done your prep work of Part 1 process it's time: Step by Step Marination of Dried Fruits and Prepping the baking pan. Click Here.

When done with Part 2 process it's time for the Final Part 3: Feeding Time for the Christmas Fruit Cake. Coming Soon


Important Note:
- Baking time varies according to your size of the cake pan.
- This recipe fruit cake does not raise as it is packed with fruits.

Click here for our blog page Baking Classes for more recipes. Hope you will be inspired~

If you do not love fondant or mazipan, it can be replaced with nuts! Just arrange raw nuts before baking.

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