Fruitcakes are perfect for tea parties or Christmas parties. It has an incredible taste that makes everyone impressed. Children just love it and if you give fruit cake for school Tiffin they will just love it. It contains candied fruits or dried fruits, nuts as well as spices so from nutritional point of view it’s not less important absolutely. In UK fruit cakes are widely used as wedding cake and why not? It is so gorgeous in both look and taste!
Fruit cakes contain lower flour content than other types of cakes and that’s why these cakes are much more heavy and dense as these have lots of mixed dried fruits.
The outstanding taste and wonder combination of nuts ad dried fruits of fruit cake make it compulsory in the Christmas food list of some people. Various types of dry fruit items that are commonly used in this version of cake are currants, raisins, dried figs, dried apricots, dried cranberries, prunes, peel and other candied fruits that are preserved in concentrated sugar syrup. Ground almonds are very popularly used. In the UK on the occasion of Christmas fruits cakes are made usually three to four weeks earlier in order to brush the cake several time with alcohol. This enables the flavor of the cake to merge and age.
How to make a cake
In order to make fruit cake first you have to take butter and sugar in a bowl and mix thoroughly with either electric or hand mixer to make the mixture light and fluffy. Next step is to add eggs one by one and blend well after each addition of eggs. If you feel the need, rub down the sides of the bowl. Then add zest and juice of range and lemon, chopped nuts, ground almonds as well as all other candied fruits that you want to include in your cake. If you want you can add brandy as well. In another bowl take salt, flour and baking powder, mix thoroughly and fold into the butter-fruits mix.
Now you have to bake your cake mixture. For this take a cake pan and spray butter on a parchment paper. Place the buttered parchment paper on the side as well as bottom of the pan. Then you need to preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius. If you want you can decorate the top portion of the cake with blanched almonds which will be really attracting after baking. Pour the cake mix into the baking pan and bake it into the preheated oven for at least one hour. Then decrease the temperature to 150 degrees Celsius for another one hour and 30 minutes. When an extensive spit inserted into the center of the cake will come out with wet crumbs quickly remove the cake from the oven and leave on a rack for sometime to be cool. If you want to give alcoholic touch brush with brandy once or twice a week and wrap up with aluminum foil and keep in cake tin. You can also preserve it by freezing. The best fruit cakes take at least one month for maturation and during this time saturated with brandy, Madeira or Sherry from time to time. The fruit cakes which contain only dried fruits no alcohol can be preserved for several weeks to a month at best. After then they are attacked by moulds.