Indian Plum Cake /Tutti Frutti Cake /Christmas Cake

I's really really craving for this cake for many years after coming to US. My desire to eat this cake went up when I's pregnant with baby A. Seriously, we have some Indian bakeries here, but none of them makes it perfectly, rather, not up to the mark.






Those were really bitter and  awful, I should say. So, every time I visit a new grocery / Indian /Pakistani store, I would check for tutti frutti (This really makes the cake taste better when u take a bite ..Well, that's me and that's  my perspective)..Finally, I got my tutti frutti in my nearby grocery chain store.. Then what?? Who stops me from baking this cake?!!






Ingredients :
All purpose flour -- 1 cup + 1 tbsp
Tutti frutti -- 1/2 cup 
( else , add any dried fruits such as apricots,dates,cherries,plums,currants)

Raisins -- 1/4 cup
 Nuts -- 1/4, chopped 
( Almond, cashews, walnuts, pecans ..either of these or combo of all )

Eggs -- 3 nos.( @ room temp )
Baking powder -- 2 tsp
Vanilla extract --1 tsp
Sugar -- 1 cup
Butter, unsalted -- 1 stick ( 113 gms) ( @ room temp )
All spice powder -- 1/2 tsp
Grated lemon zest -- 1/2 tsp
Salt -- 1/2 tsp



To make caramel :
 Sugar -- 1/4 cup
Water -- 1 tbsp
Warm water -- 1/4 cup









Method :
To make caramel :
  • Mix the 1/4 cup of sugar with 1 tbsp of water and melt over medium low flame until the sugar dissolves and caramelizes. At one stage, they will start changing colours from light to dark brown colour.  Now remove the pan from the heat and add the 1/4 cup of warm water slowly and mix well. ( be careful, this will splatter everywhere, so be extra careful ). Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract and mix well the caramel and keep aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 deg F .Sieve the APF , baking powder,all spice powder, salt and combine altogether evenly. Keep it handy.Add a tbsp of all purpose flour to the fruits n nuts mix and coat it evenly.



  • Cream the butter and a cup of sugar until pale and creamy. Then drop the eggs one at a time and beat well . Now add the flour mixture lil by lil and run the hand mixer until u finish off with the flour
  • Add the caramel mixture and fruits/ nuts mixture, grated lemon zest  into the batter and mix them thoroughly.  
  • Grease a medium baking pan with butter and pour the batter. Bake for 50 to 60 mts. (Note : Ovens may vary )
  • Cool the cake for 15 minutes and cut into slices n serve.






Notes / Suggestions :
  • U may add 2 eggs and 1/4 cup of milk to make the cake, if u kinda feel more eggyy
  • Unfortunately I baked the cake a little over the time due to my situation. But that doesn't hamper the outcome for my preference.
  • Be sure to watch the cake once u cross 45 minutes. Insert a toothpick and it comes out clean if the cake is baked.
  • Be very careful while adding warm water to the caramel syrup .
  • Omit the salt if using salted butter.


Happy eating guys,
Shanavi




37 comments:

  1. Lovely and delicious fruit cake...I was searching for a recipe without alcohol...will give this a try and let you know...lovely clicks dear..

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  2. perfect cake...during christmas my dad used to get this cake....remember that sweet days!!

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  3. wow i dont mind celebratg xmas now for this cake.....

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  4. கேக் செய்ய ஞாபகபடுத்திட்டீங்களே...சூப்பரா இருக்கு!!

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  5. Wow, that looks amazing! I’m sure it tasted as good as it looked. Will try this soon :)

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  6. Delicious plum cake!!! I love them too but not all bakeries make them perfectly...And now thx to u i can try this at home anytime :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  7. Looks just so delicious and perfect ....nice pics

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  8. excellent preparation...love ur perfection dear..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  9. Bookmarked right away.. looks yumm...

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  10. Gorgeous looking plum cake, very spongy and loved the rich color, bookmarked.

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  11. When I was a kid I used to love these tutifruity. I love the look of your cake, very nice pictures.

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  12. wow, that does look super delicious and so homey :)

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  13. oh i love this!!! looks so so delicious and perfect!!

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  14. one of my favourite type of cake looks wonderful

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  15. Love this flavourful cake,u remind me our Ceylondasan chrismas cake...luks really delicious.

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  16. Yummy Cake and Nice clicks. First time here and happy to foloow you.

    Cheers,
    Uma

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  17. Wow..Super..Finally u found the tutty fruity and made it..Best wishes

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  18. shanavi this is my fav too and u r right adding tutti-frutti adds its pep to the cake- lovely lovely bake !

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  19. I love this cake very very much! I was searching for the recipe,thanks for sharing!

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  20. Absolutely delicious cake :) Love it totally :) It has come out so perfect :)

    The pics in your header makes me feel hungry :)

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  21. i tried dis cake in my ricecooker and the outcome was really good(and hav posted d pic in my blog)

    should the water be very warm for the syrup?? my caramel didnt dissolve completely
    can u pls post a pic of the caramel next time!thanx

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  22. Wow !!! Tempting Cake. Bookmarked ! Happy to follow u :)

    -S
    http://recipe-excavator.blogspot.com

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  23. Hi

    Yummy looking pic. Was looking for this kinda cake recipe for long, want to try it out can u pls tell me what do u mean by all spice powder and when do u add it.

    Thanks

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  24. Hi Shalini,Thanks for dropping by. Also thanks for pointing out. Well, it's updated now. All spice powder is available everywhere now and it's nothing but the powder of cinnamon,nutmeg and cloves.If u don like all of these,just add a pinch of any one of these in powdered form,I would prefer adding cinnamon/nutmeg,cos these both gives wonderful flavour.Hope I resolved ur doubts.

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    1. Shanavi, u did clear my doubt, thanks for updating. I tried this out yesterday and my husband loved it. Thank u so much... I didn't want the cake to be too eggy so added 2 eggs and 1/4 cup milk..perfect... also just another question, can i add only egg whites if i don't want the eggy taste... Thanks once again.

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    2. Hi Shalini, I haven't tried myself this idea. But then the amount of fat needed for the cake to be moist would be less and I think U may add egg whites and replace the yolks with plain yogurt/butter milk /milk. But u should weigh / measure the yolk and substitute with the other.Again,this is my idea and since am no professional,can't guarantee the results.. Do share the results the next time u give a try..Would be very glad as I also hate the eggy taste in my cake..

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  25. [amaging pictures ! I wish I word have them on my portal]

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  26. i don`t min 2 share a piece..awesum cake n nice presentation

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  27. Should I use salted or unsalted butter? thanks Uma

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  28. Hi Uma, Thanks for visiting my space. Unsalted butter only, whenever u see butter in my recipe, it goes without saying it's unsalted. I use unsalted butter for all my recipes.

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