The food blogging world is back with mouthwatering bakes, cookies and cakes! Almost every blog I know has some special christmas recipe on it. For some amazing reason, even looking at those delicious photos every single day didn’t have me craving sugar but I thought it’ll be unfair on my readers if I didn’t share some festive recipes. Nobody can escape the magic of Christmas! I decided that I should just dive in and be a part of the celebrations
Christmas can’t be Christmas without a Fruit Cake right? Lets first start with some a boozy, warm spiced dense Fruit Cake shall we?
While I understand everybody is in a mood to indulge in good food and have a good time right now, it’s not necessary that we just binge mindlessly right? Staying to true to my food philosophy I took the liberty of altering the traditional fruitcake recipe into something that’s much lighter and healthier.
I grew up eating the traditional Kerala style fruit cake or ‘Plum Cake’ as we called it and it was my favorite kind of cake. The best bakery in town, rightfully called as ‘Popular bakery’ made the best plum cake and I haven’t eaten anything better than that till date. I know I can never recreate it in my kitchen but I thought this is the perfect occasion to bake my first ever fruit cake.
This beautiful cake here today is made fully out of whole wheat flour. Eggs are replaced by flaxseed powder and butter by coconut oil. A lot of moisture is added by the mashed banana while the caramel sweetness comes from coconut sugar. The cake gets it’s christmassy-ness from all the candied fruits and citrus peel. I have used sultanas, black raisins, dried mango, orange peel and candied sour plums in this. There are also a whole bunch of warming aromatic spices used in this which add so much fragrance to the cake. Of course there has to be alcohol in it, even though it’s not really healthy I make exceptions for certain good things in life and alcohol is always one of them.
My Boozy Spiced Fruit Cake is mildly sweet with a heady aroma of spices and alcohol. The cake itself is not overly sweet as the candied fruits add bursts of sweetness to it in every bite. It’s soft, moist and dense which is just how I enjoy my fruit cake. This cake can be great ay other time of the year too! Make it whenever you want your heart to be filled with warmth, festivities and happiness of December.
If you do not want to use Alcohol, feel free to replace it with apple or orange juice.
You can replace the flaxseed powder with 2 eggs, coconut oil with butter and coconut sugar with brown sugar.
Decrease the amount of spices used or just add cinnamon and vanilla if you want a less intense cake.
Feel free to add nuts of your choice along with candied fruits. I skipped nuts as I don’t enjoy them in my fruit cake.
I have dusted the cake with icing sugar but that’s purely for presentation reasons. You can definitely skip it.
- 1/2 cup candied fruits and citrus peel
- 1/2 cup fruity red wine
- 1/4 cup dark rum
- 2 tbsp flax seed powder + 6 tbsp water
- 1 cup mashed banana
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp ginger powder
- 1/4 tsp clove powder
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
Cut all the candied fruits and peel into small pieces and steep it in the wine and rum to soak up. You can soak for anytime between a few hours to a few months. I soaked it inly for a couple of hours but it turned out just fine.
Combine the flax seed powder with water, stir well and keep it aside.
In a big bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and all the dry spice powders.
Line and grease a cake pan with silver foil or butter paper. Pre heat the oven at 160 degree celsius.
Add the flax seed mixture, mashed banana, coconut sugar and coconut oil to the soaking fruits. Stir everything well and pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Fold it all together till well incorporated and pour the bater into the cake pan.
Bake this in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or till the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
AFter it’s baked, let it cool down completely before you cut into it.