Monday, 4 January 2010

Spicy Christmas cake



Wishing all my friends a Happy 2010
Here at home we had a wonderful holiday period.
I hosted the Christmas eve dinner in my place and then went to my in laws place for Christmas day itself.
As always my in laws did the New years even party in their home.
Oh yeah got some loveley present for my kitchen.
Daughter gave me this beautiful cake form and she also gave me a creamic plate for making quiche , when i was opening up my present she told me I rememberd you telling once you wanted to make quiche and she saw this in the shop and thought why not buy thi. Well mom is not complaning at all :-)
One of the gifts hubby gave was a tray for my new oven .
And from one of our good freinds we got a gift card for a romantice dinner , we can choose from 40 diffferent restraunts in whole of Belgium, well that is all the gifts i got which is food related.


My Christmas eve table,crackers made by my daughter


Kitchen presents


New years eve table at my in laws place

I had planned to post this Christmas cake before I took the break, but then I was so busy I didn't had any time to decorate the cake and take the picture. So as I promised in my earlier post here is my christmas cake.

I used to make the traditional English christmas cake, but none of my family like them, they all say it is too heavy with so much fruits etc in it. So i had stopped making those cakes.
Last year I made this cake which I absloutley loved, still the rest of them family like it but they didn't like it so much as i did.
So this year I made this cake, from the Vanithat Magazine and the christmas day when I took to my in laws place and MIL sliced and everybody took a bite they all said togehter this is the best christmas cake I have ever made. So you all already know every year I am sure gonna make this cake.

My daughter who is not a fan of cakes with dried fruits in them, even ate two slices so that itself says how delicous they were.

Now to the recipe:
Dry fruits 450 gm ( I added raisins,prunes,apricot,crystalized ginger,cherries,walnuts,almonds) all cut in small pieces.
Rum 16tbsp
Mix the above ingridients and keep in a sterilized bottle for at least a week.
Butter 160 gm
Vanilla essence 1 tbsp
Sugar 240 gm ( I added 180 gm)
Eggs 160 gm
Flour 240 gm
Baking powder 1 tsp
Soda bicarbonate 1 tsp
Cardamom 1/4 tsp
Ginger powder 1/4 tsp
Cloves 1/4 tsp
Five spice powder 1 tsp
Caramel 40 gm
1 tbsp molases

Method.
Preaheat the oven to 150°c.
Grease and baseline a 20 cm springform tin fitted with a flat base.

Cream the butter , sugar, vanilla till they are fluffy. Add then eggs one by one and beat each time.
Now to this mix add the flour, baking powder, soda bi carbonnate, and all the spic powder and then carmal water and molases. Don't beat the mixture too much just fold in till everything is mixed well.
Now to this mixture add the rum soaked fruits and fold gently.
Bake for 1 hr and 30 minutes or till the cake is baked.

I keep the cake for atleast a week before i decorate with marzipan . The taste seems to get better if you keep them for maturing for at least a week..
Sending this to Cakes 'n cookies event which is hosted by Sara's Corner and also to Asankhana its Time to jingle again

53 comments:

prasu said...

looks like u had a blast of celebration dear..............my new year wishes to u and ur family....cake looks yummy.........and crackers made by ur daughter are absolutely good.......bye

5 Star Foodie said...

What a gorgeous cake - I love the stars and hearts on it! Happy new Year!

Elra said...

Happy New Year to you and your family Happy Cook. May this year bring lots of happiness.
Cheers,
elra

p.s
everything look so beautiful and very festive. Cake look gorgeous.

Parita said...

WOW!!! Cake looks so gorgeous! Beautiful HC!!

chakhlere said...

Cake looks soooo pretty!!

All the spreads are so nice and beautiful.Lovely!!

I especially loved your table arrangements :)

Bong Mom said...

Happy New Year HC

Lovely cake and loved your table settings and gifts

Rina said...

Wow !!! Happy, that was indeed a feast for the eyes..luv the christmas cake too..A very happy new year to you 2!!!

Sayantani said...

wow what a beautiful cake you prepared. love the colour combination. did you make the marzipan too?

Sayantani said...

a very Happy New Year to you and your family!

Happy cook said...

Sayanthani I didn't make the marzipan, here it is widley available in the shops.

Chef Jeena said...

Happy New Year!

I love the way you decorated this cake it is so beautiful!

Cham said...

The deco is very pretty! I love the brioche silicone tray..
Did u made escargots for Christmas?
Wishing You and ur family a Wonderful New Year HC :)

Priya said...

Wowww wat a beautiful cake, lovely!!Happy new year wishes to u HC!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Happy New Year to you, lovely Cake.

Cilantro said...

Lovely cake. Glad to know you had a great Christmas.

Ivy said...

Happy New Year to you and your family. Love the decoration on your cake.

sowmya.s said...

the cake looks gorgeous..so nice of your daughter and hubby to present you with the things you adore..happy new year..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

what a lovely cake! And loved your table setup too...
Happy New Year!

aquadaze said...

happy new year HC to you and your family!
Your christmas cake rocks :)

Pavithra said...

oh wow thats wonderful table setting and gorgeous cake.. Wish you great and happy prosperous new year dear.

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

hai HC... when i saw all xmas n new yr cakes. i was thinking where is your cake.. :) this looks awesome with those colorful stars..den from those snaps, i feltjelous when i asw the dinner table frm your in laws place.. :)delicious foods..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks absolutely delicious and pretty too!! Happy new year!

sra said...

Your tables and gifts are gorgeous, and the cake looks really cute, don't think I've ever seen anything like that before.

Happy cook said...

Cham no Escargo, for christmas :-)

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and the family! Hope we'll meet up this year! Love your cake and your gifts :-)

arundati said...

that is one colourful table!! lovely kitchen gifts.... happy new year to you dear hc...

Sushma Mallya said...

beautiful cake and very happy new year to you and your family

Soma said...

Happy new Year HC!!

That has to be some delicious spread and a equally beautiful cake. Wish I could have some.

notyet100 said...

lovely,,;-)and thanks for sending this fro the jingle event...:-)

Priyameena said...

Wow you got lot of awesome gifts..Happy New Year!

kothiyavunu said...

The cake looks heavenly and very eye-cathing with that simple yet elegant presentation.:)

pigpigscorner said...

Love the decor! Happy new year!

Juliana said...

Happy New Year to you and your family...love the cake, the way that you decorated, absolutely gorgeous!

Cakelaw said...

Happy New Year Happy Cook! Glad you got some great presents for Xmas. Your spicy cake looks adorable with its fondant decoration - almost too good to eat.

LG said...

slurrp..that well decorated cake looks tempting HC. Wanna grab it from the picture :D

meeso said...

That cake looks awesome and you really did get some nice presents :)

Deepa G Joshi said...

congratulations for all the great gifts..nice ideas..now the cake..what to say ..it looks so perfect. I love the stars..too good.

lissie said...

Happy 2010, F! Glad to hear that you had a wonderful time during the season... this Christmas cake was apt for the occasion!

Prathibha said...

Wow that cake look s just stunning...
Happy New year to u n ur family dear

Viki's Kitchen said...

Lovely cake ...a sweet way to kick start an year.

Asha said...

BEAUTIFUL party table!! Love the deco and cake sounds great! Happy 2010 to all of you!

Yes, he is a british chef, that's why the confusion with the amount of ingredients. He says 30gm of Yeast (fresh), I nearly swooned! :D

Bread was excellent though. I have 5 episodes old Holmes British actor, Peter Cushing, love them.

Nine was so good. Guido reminds me of somebody at home!!!!! Hahaha!!

Happy cook said...

Asha now i have to see guigo ;-)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

WOW, WOW, WOW! So many goodies, Happy Cook! Your table is so festive, and that cake is so pretty - sounds pretty yummy too!

Mallugirl said...

happy new year. what a cake. .. i got caught up with the "spicy" in the title. hope u have a wonderful "new" year.

Sayantani said...

thanks for sharing thst link. I simply loved it. your Husband plays it so well it reminded me of my native place Santiniketan. your daughter is very beautiful and chic. Loved her graceful piece as well.

Maria said...

Your cake is gorgeous! Happy New Year!

n33ma said...

What a nice holiday!good food,cake,gifts,family and friends.Wishing u a very happy new year.

Uma said...

beautiful and tempting cake!! Yum!!

Belated wishes for a very happy new year :)

s said...

that looks store bought!

jayasree said...

Gorgeous cake. It looks absolutely festive.
What a delicious spread and your table too looks well laid.

Very thoughtful of ur husband and daughter to choose your gifts.

Wishing you a wonderful year ahead.

Madhumita said...

Your Christmas table setting is ingenious and different :) ... Happy New Year to you and your family.

Swapna said...

Beautifully decorated cake HC!! and I really loved your table settings!

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Pravs said...

Beautiful cake and good gifts :) Wishing you a very happy 2010 ! May you have a good year ahaead.