All Purpose Flour(Maida)-1 cup
Cinnamon Powder(Patta)-2 pinch
Cardamom Powder(Elakkaya)-2 pinch
Dry ginger Powder(Chukku)-2 pinch
Nutmeg Powder(Jathikka )- 2 pinch
Sa Jeerakam powder(Cake jeerekam)-2 pinch
Dry fruits of ur choice -1cup(cherry,dry ginger,kismiss,sultanas,tutti fruity ,dates,prunes )
Chopped cashew nuts-1/2cup
Preheat oven at 180 degree/350F ..
Chop nuts and dry fruits ..
Here i used black raisins(sultanas) 1/2 cup , 1/2 cup of tutti fruity ,dates,cherry ,prunes,kismis all together ..
In a pot add these and pour wine and 1/4 cup of water along with honey..
Cook for 10 minutes in low flame ..
Then add rum and cook for another 5 minutes ..
Remove from the fire and allow to cool ..Keep aside ..(there must be no water left .it should be completely soaked in wine and rum)
Now we have to prepare caramel ..
For that heat a heavy bottomed pan and add 1/2 cup of sugar ..(medium heat)
With in few minutes it will change into liquid then begin to change colour ..
When the colour becomes darker than golden colour pour 1/4 cup of hot water ..
Very careful while pouring water to the caramel.. Don’t burn ur face :)
Then mix well and cook for 5 minutes and then transfer into a bowl and allow to cool …
Powder the sugar and keep aside ..
Then prepare a baking tin ,grease it with butter and dust with flour ..
Now its time to prepare our cake batter ..
From the flour ,take 3 tbsp of flour and keep aside ..
Add all the spices,baking powder and salt into the remaining flour and Mix well..
Then sieve three times ..Keep aside ..
Now take big bowl and beat the butter until soft..
To this add powdered sugar little by little and beat until light and fluffy..(about 10 minutes)
Then add vanilla essence and combine ..
Its time to add egg one at a time ..Beat well till all the three eggs are mixed well ..
Then add orange Juice and mix well .. Now no need to use the mixer ..
Pour cooled caramel to the mixer and mix well with ur hand (u can put gloves if u want ;) )
Then add finely grated orange peel ..
Then add flour little by little and fold very slowly..
Add 3 tbsp of flour to the cooled dry fruits and mix ..
Add this fruits to the cake mix and gently fold …
Now pour this batter to the greased pan …Level the pan to avoid air bubbles..
Bake for 50-55 minutes until the top turns dark brown and or until a tooth pick or skewer inserted to the middle of cake comes out clean ..
My cake took exactly 55 minutes .. Don’t worry about dark brown colour on the top..It won’t be burnt inside :)
Now take it out from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes ..
Then dust with icing sugar and cut into desired shapes… Enjoy this yummy soft and moist cake …
The highlight of this cake is easy to make ,no pre soaking is needed and tastes divine ..
So my dear friends why u r waiting ,go and get the things and make this yummy cake for this x-mas …
And don’t forget to share ur experience with me :)
Wish u a very Happy Newyear and Merry X-mas ..
Note : If u don’t want to use wine and rum,don’t worry u can cook the fruits in orange juice and do the same .. :)