We are alive We are alive! Its 22nd already and we are all still here. So lets celebrate Christmas and the new year:)
I have been trying to finish up this post since the past 2 days and finally here it is. I made a boozy fruit cake last year as well and never got around to posting it. Thanks to hubbs's stayacation last december:)
Fruit Cake, Rum Cake, Plum Cake or other named of this Cake was also always gifted by friends around this time while growing up(in India). It was always home made and delicious unlike the supermarket versions here.
The lighter one below is from last year and has a good amount of rum and lesser fruits and nuts in it. The one from this year doesnt have any alcohol. I dont like booze(gasp) and wanted to eat my cake. So this year's Cake is Boozeless(first picture).
You can use any fruit juice instead of liquor. I usually like either freshly squeeed orange juice or Cranberry juice. For this years cake, I used Orange juice mixed with a little molasses. I used the sugar I had, raw sugar and used dark molasses to deepen the color.
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Spiced Fruit and Nut Christmas Cake - with and without liquor
Allergy Information: Dairy, Egg, Corn, soy, yeast free recipe. Oil Free option
Makes 1 9 inch by 1.5 inch cake
1.75( 1 3/4) cups of Spelt flour (Or use 1.25 cups whole wheat and 1/2 cup all purpose flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 Tablespoons flaxmeal
3/4 cup ground raw sugar (or demerara sugar or vegan brown sugar)
1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder
1/4 teaspoon each of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg powders
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 -1/2 cup virgin Coconut oil or Organic canola or other oil of choice (I usually use 1/3 cup. 1/2 cup will make the cake more moist. Use 1/2 cup mashed banana or pumpkin puree for an Oil free version)
1/2 cup Coconut milk
2 Tablespoons dark Molasses
1 Tablespoon Apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon rum extract( if not using liquor. optional)
Fruits and Nuts:
1.5 cups of chopped dried fruit, nuts, candied fruits(I used about 1/4 cup each of golden and dark raisins, dates, cranberries, walnuts, pecans, cashews, and a Tablespoon candied orange peel).
1 cup of juice or half juice and half rum to soak(I used orange juice mixed in with a teaspoon of molasses to soak for non boozy version. Half orange juice half rum to soak for the other cake)
Soak chopped fruits and nuts in juice or a combination of juice and liquor overnight or atleast 2 hours.
In a bowl, Mix all the dry ingredients.
In another bowl, mix in all the wet and the soaked fruits and nuts. Depending on how long the fruits have been kept, there may or may not be extra liquid left.
Add the wet to the dry and mix till just about combined.
Bake in preheated 365 degrees F for 40 minutes then lower the heat to 350 degrees F and bake for another 10-20 minutes till a toothpick test from the center comes out almost clean.
Cool completely before slicing. Tastes best the next day.
This Christmas cake is being shared at Ricki's Wellness Weekend