Buttermilk Fruit Cake - - - - - Eggless

After the MARBLE FRUIT CAKE recipe, this is yet another fruit cake I prepared during this season. The reason is nothing but last Christmas i had kept the Kerala Fruit Cake / Plum Cake recipe to be published on the day before Christmas and it never happened. So this year I am on a spree to prepare fruit cakes and i have researched and shortlisted many recipes to be tried. Do stay tuned to this space for more fruit cake recipes.

This Buttermilk Fruit Cake recipe is adapted from Joy of Baking and this was just perfect. I have slightly adjusted the quantity of flour and buttermilk to suit the kind of maida / flour available in Kerala. I feel the volume of flour is less for what we get here. There is also a healthy twist to this recipe. I have added wheat flour to more than half part of the flour. The cake was perfect and there was lot of appreciation from my family and colleagues who had this cake. So, if you love some positive comments do try this one. It is a foolproof recipe (with lots of thanks to Joy of Baking).

the recipe

dry ingredients
Flour (Maida) – 100 gms
Wheat flour – 140 gms
Sugar – 160 gms
Nutmeg – 1/3 of a seed or 1 tsp nutmeg powder
Cinnamon – ¾ inch piece or 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
Baking soda – 1 tsp
Salt – 1 generous pinch

Dry fruits – coarsely chopped

Dark raisins – 80 gms
Dates – 100 gms approx ( I used about 15 dates)
Golden raisins – 100 gms

Wet ingredients 

Buttermilk – 250 – 260 ml
Melted butter (unsalted) – 120 gms
Vanilla extract – ¾ tsp

the method

Preheat oven at 170 C. Prepare a round cake pan by applying butter and dusting flour. Place a round sheet of butter paper , parchment paper or any white paper on the bottom of the pan.

Sieve the flour, wheat flour,  salt and baking soda once. Powder the sugar alongwith the nutmeg and cinnamon (if using whole spices). 

Place the flour mix in a bowl. Use about 1/4th of the flour to coat the dry fruits (this is to prevent the dry fruits from sinking into the bottom of the cake).

 To the remaining flour mix, add the sugar mix and mix well.

Melt butter in a pan and let it cool to room temperature. Pour the buttermilk and vanilla extract and mix well. 

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and add the flour coated dry fruits, mix quickly and immediately pour into a prepared pan. 

Bake at 170 C for 35 – 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. If the cake starts to brown after about 15 to 20 minutes, cover the cake pan with a parchment paper.

Serve warm or cold.

We had this for breakfast. You can keep the dry ingredients ready a day or two before and keep the chopped dry fruits in the refrigerator. Whenever you feel like baking just mix and bake.


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Marble Fruit Cake


Torviewtoronto said…
delicious looking cake looks wonderful
Amina said…
cake looks delicious... prefect..
divya said…
Mouthwatering recipe, this looks so good.
faseela said…
cake luks so yummy............
Treat and Trick said…
Perfect and so tempting!
Ganga Sreekanth said…
That looks so yummy......must try!!
Archana said…
looks delicious.
Priya said…
Wow super stunning cake,cant believe its eggless..
Very spongy and mouth-watering cake
Shilpakiran said…
look really good and i must try it .. thanks for visiting my blog ..
Yummy and perfect...looks tempting and mouthwatering.
zareena said…
Loved the clicks. Soft and moist cake. Looks very delicious.
Kavi said…
perfect for the occasion! interesting to use buttermilk in the cake! will surely try it as soon as I get my new oven!

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Swathi said…

Buttermilk fruit cake looks delicious, thanks for linking to Hearth and soul blog hop.
Fahad Khan said…
Eggless recipes are gems,since we do not have too many of them!I am sure that the cake turned nice.
Thank you for sharing;I am noting down/bookmarking this recipe.:-)
Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas!:-)
Kavi said…
Thanks so much for participating in Jingle All The Way. I’ve posted the Roundup here. Do have a look.
Also, I’m hosting Kid's Delight - Something Sweet for Jan 16th-Feb15th 2012. I would love to have your posts linked there. :-)
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Hema said…
Perfect and delicious, an eggless version too, great job..