Cook's Hideout: Xmas Fruit Cake (Kerala Christmas Fruit Cake)

April 28, 2016

Xmas Fruit Cake (Kerala Christmas Fruit Cake)

BM# 63: Journey through the Cuisines 
Week 4: Kerala Cuisine 
Day 24: X for Xmas Fruit Cake
So here we are at probably the most difficult letter of all, X. There are very few dishes or veggies that start with the letter X, so this must have been a tough letter for everyone except for those cooking from Spanish or Chinese cuisines. I was initially planning to go with an adjective or a verb but finally ended up making this Kerala Style X mas Cake.
Kerala Christmas Fruit Cake
I was thinking of doing a post like xplore Malabar cuisine, xperience Kerala sadya or something on those lines. I even asked Rajani for her input and she said try a sadya meal by making dishes over couple of days. I was tempted but the amount of work involved seemed too tedious and with the husband traveling, it was way too much food for just me. It is one of my dream meal to make in my lifetime.
Kerala Christmas Fruit Cake
After ruling out all my options, I was getting desperate to find something to cook for today. Then the past weekend this Kerala X-mas Cake came to my mind and you can imagine my excitement for coming up with this -- I patted myself more than a few times :-)
Kerala Christmas Fruit Cake
This recipe is from Nag's blog. The good thing about this plum cake is that the dry fruits don't have to be soaked ahead of time and that was perfect for me since I didn't have much time. Only difficult part of the dish was making the caramel -- I was worried that I will burn it. But thankfully it turned out great and the slight bitterness of the caramel offsets the sweetness in the cake and gives the cake a beautiful color.
It feels strange making Christmas cake this time of the year, but now that I tried it, I'm definitely going to make this cake again during holiday season. Fruit Cake turned out so soft and absolutely delicious.
My dry fruits settled in the bottom despite dusting them with flour. May be I didn't drench them enough, so make sure to drench the dry fruits really well.

Recipe adapted from Nag's CookingandMe:

Xmas Cake
  • 1cup All purpose flour
  • 1tsp Baking powder
  • ⅛tsp Salt
  • ⅛tsp Ground Cloves
  • ¼tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ⅛tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1cup Sugar
  • ½cup Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • ½cup Cashews, chopped
  • ¼cup Black Raisins
  • ½cup Mixed Dry fruit (cherries, dates etc)
  • 1tsp Vanilla extract
  1. Make the Caramel: In a small saucepan, combine ⅓cup sugar and 1tbsp water. On medium heat, melt the sugar while stirring. Then let the sugar caramelize until deep amber color, don't stir it -- twirl the pan to melt evenly. Once it reaches the desired color, take it off the heat and cool for 1~2 minutes. Then bring the pan to the sink and add 3~4tbsp of water. Hot caramel will gurgle violently, so make sure you keep your hands at a safe distance. Add water slowly, swirling the pan. Caramel is now ready. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 6" round cake pan that is at least 3" deep or use a 8" round pan or a 8½"x4½" loaf pan. Line the bottom and sides of the baking pan with parchment paper and lightly grease the paper. Keep ready.
  3. Add 2tbsp flour to the dry fruits and nuts, so that they are dredged completely. This will prevent them from sinking.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the remaining flour, baking powder, salt and spices. Mix well and set aside.
  5. In a mixing bowl or the bowl of the stand mixer, beat butter and the remaining ⅔rd cup of sugar until light and fluffy about 3~4 minutes. Add the vanilla extra and mix well.
  6. Next add 1 egg and beat until incorporated. Add ⅓rd of the flour and mix well. Repeat with the remaining eggs and flour.
  7. Add the cooled caramel and flour coated dry fruit. Gently fold to combine. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the edges.
  8. Bake for 40~50 minutes until the top is dark brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Start checking the cake around the 35 minute mark to avoid over-baking. Remove onto a wire rack, after 10 minutes remove the cake from the pan and let cool completely before cutting. Store the leftovers at room temperature for 2 days or in the fridge for up to a week.
Kerala Christmas Fruit Cake



  1. Wonderful choice pavani. Love the texture, so beautifully baked.

  2. Great choice for X. Every Christmas I plan of baking xmas cake but always for go soak the fruits the day before I plan on baking. This year I should try this recipe.

  3. Wonderful choice for 'X' Pavani!! It is a really difficult alphabet to handle.

  4. Wow, incredible fruit cake, wish i get few slices from you, am in love with that deep crust and fabulous brownish crumb.

  5. Love the texture of the cake. The cake sounds flavorful and the clicks are wonderful.

  6. Great choice for X.. great cake and great clicks.. simply superb.

  7. That looks awesome Pavani. very nicely captured..

  8. Love the color and texture of the cake Pavani:)

  9. The Xmas cake looks soft and tasty.Love to have a slice of it.Very nice choice for X.

  10. Very nice texture and the pictures are just too awesome

  11. Very well captured Pavani..The cake looks so moist and got a very nice texture.

  12. Great choice for X. Really good pictures and setup. Loved it :)


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