Fruit Cake made their appearance during festive celebrations such as Christmas, Hari Raya and even Chinese New Year. There are few types of fruit cake either steamed or baked and the dry fruit used varies in quantity, some soaked in brandy/orange juice or without soaking - the fruit is coated with flour before adding to the butter mixture.
I always love Fruit Cake that uses less dry fruit in the recipe. This Light Fruit Cake require you to soak the dry fruit in orange juice or brandy overnight. Next day you can proceed to bake the cake.
It took more than an hour to bake mine. In case the top of this Light Fruit Cake becoming too brown, cover with aluminium foil crimped around the edges of your baking pan.
On the occasion of this lovely festival of Eid, wishing you Eid Mubarak, may the blessings of Allah be with you always!
LIGHT FRUIT CAKE
Yield : 16 servings
250 g plain flour
250 g softened butter
250 g dry fruit mix
50 g red & green candied cherries
170 g fine sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tablespoon condensed milk
Day before, soak dry fruit mix and roughly chopped cherries in orange juice.
Sift flour and baking powder. Preheat oven @ 170 C and grease 9 in round cake pan. I used loaf pan.
Beat butter and sugar until light and creamy.
Add one egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla essence.
Mix in flour little by little alternating with milk, stir until well mixed.
Add in fruit mix together with orange juice, stir. Spoon mixture into cake pan, level top with spatula. .
Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Sit in pan for 10 minutes before transferring onto rack to cool.
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