Thursday, 26 December 2013

Eggless Christmas Cake

Merry Christmas to everyone :D  Hope you all enjoyed and had an blast :)  At home, we had a good time watching TV and other part of the day was dedicated to shopping at Inorbit Mall :D  :D  :D  I say, this is the best part of an holiday :D  Yes, coming back to my post, I had always wanted to bake an eggless cake.  And to top it, my inlaws gave an quick visit and since they are pure vegetarians, I had to search for eggless bakes.


All this time, I had an impression that these eggless cakes would not equalize the moistness/softness in an normal egg cakes.  But, trust me, I was wrong.  This eggless cake that I baked was totally super-moist and tasted yummy too!  They went missing almost within a day!!  :)  You  guys can surely give this an mind-blowing try!! 



Christmas cakes or commonly called 'plum cake' are filled with nuts/orange peels/raisins which are traditionally soaked in wine to give authentic flavour.  Here, I marinated an entire cup of nuts and peels with grape juice.  You can also try with apple juice, or else go with traditional choice too :D  Another feature of cakes were the 'rich' caramel flavour which is because of presence of  caramel syrup into cake batter.  Here, I replaced the syrup with condensed milk.  This condensed milk when baked, gave out an dense, rich and crusty caramel flavour.  





Both alternatives were done and cake was baked.  Once out of the oven, they smelled heavenly.  Every bite was like 'awesome'.  Now Shama is asking me to bake one more for his friends :)  I was happy and his complements were my best Christmas gift ever  :D  :D  :D


Preparation time:  25 minutes 
Soaking time: 24 hours
Baking time: 40-45 minutes 
(Note that Baking time may differ from oven to oven or from baking utensil used)
Serves: 6

Ingredients required

For marination
  • 100ml of grape juice
  • 3/4 cup of finely chopped nuts like almonds, pista, cashew
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped dates, orange peel and raisins

Dry ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose-flour / maida
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tbspn cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Wet ingredients
  • 3/4 cup condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence


Method

Soak marinate with grape juice and refrigerate overnight or upto an day.  


Next day, grease your clean baking pan with butter and line them with parchment paper.  Also dust this pan with flour and keep aside.  Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree celsius.   In an dry vessel, take all dry ingredients, sieve thrice and keep aside.  


Remove marinate, reserving grape juice in an bowl.  Transfer this to dry ingredients and mix well.  This is done so that nuts don't stick to bottom of baking vessel.  






In another clean vessel, add in all wet ingredients and blend very well.  




Now,alternatively add in dry mixture and reserved grape marinate in three batches.  




Mix them gently with help of spatula, without any lumps.  


Transfer this to baking pan and into hot oven.  Bake for about thirty to thirty five minutes or till done.  


Alternatively, when they are baking, I made star-shaped cut-outs from parchment paper to top my cake.  This star shape depends on circumferance of your baking pan so do an quick check before baking.  


This is my cake, out of the oven.  They are done since an knife inserted into centre has come out clean.  Also run the knife quickly round the edges.   


I inverted them over wire rack.


Thanks for my luck, cake came out perfectly well.  


Now brushing the top with oil, place the cut-outs over the top.



Quickly dusted them with icing sugar.  


Remove the cut-outs and get surprised :)  Don't they look lovely??  :)


 Enjoy with an hot cup of tea :D  :D  :D  :D  :D



Happy Baking  :D  :D  :D  :D and Merry Christmas :D   :D  :D

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