The main thing for this cake is the rum / brandy soaked fruits.. I used cranberries, black raisins and normal raisins.
Rum Soaked Fruits:
- 750ml Jar
- Black raisins – 150gm
- Raisins – 125 gm
- Cranberries – 150gm (chopped)
- Rum – 150ml
- Clean, sterilise and dry the jar.
- Place the raisins and cranberries in layers in the bottle (you can add apricot or whatever you want).
- Pour the rum in until its more or less submerged in rum.
- Keep the bottle/jar in a cool dark place and shake the bottle once a day.
- You can keep the fruits soaked for a week to 6 months. I started a wee bit late and i had them soaked for about 4 weeks.
Christmas Cake: (makes 6 small cakes of 4.5 inch baking pan)
- Flour – 250gm
- Butter – 200gm
- Dark brown Sugar – 200gm
- white sugar – 150gm
- Baking powder – 2 teaspoons
- Eggs – 4 large
- Vanilla – 2 teaspoon
- Cinnamon powder – 2 teaspoon
- Ginger powder – 2 teaspoons
- Candied orange peel – optional (Recipe found in the DIY section soon)
- Nutmeg – 1/2 teaspoon
- Rum – 125ml
- Milk – 60ml
- icing sugar -100gm
- Warm water – 2-3 tablespoons (depending on the consistency)
- Before you start the cake, you need to do 2 things
- Drain the fruits on a sieve and let the alcohol run out of the rum soaked fruits.
- Make Caramel, Heat up the dark brown sugar with 60ml water until completely dissolved. Let it cool
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Butter the tins and coat them with flour.
- In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in one egg at a time.
- Sift in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder, ginger powder and nutmeg.
- Add the rum and vanilla. Mix well.
- Add the milk and mix well until completely incorporated.
- Coat the fruits with a little bit of flour and fold it in the batter.
- Fill the cake tin with half the batter and bake for about 20-30 minutes, check from about 25 minutes.
- Once baked let it cool on a cooling rack.
- In a large bowl, Sift the icing sugar and add the warm water. The water is added as you like for the consistency.
- I wanted it as a thin glaze as i was planning to coat it with royal icing that was left over from icing of the gingerbread cookies.