Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Christmas Cake Recipe

Christmas Cake
by Sandy Bigara

4 Eggs (250g)
Cake Flour 250g
Mixed dried fruit and nuts 250g (Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raw almonds, brazil nuts, dried cranberries, shelled pistachio nuts, raisins, cashew nuts, pecan nuts)
Mixed Spice 1tsp (Nutmeg, cinnamon & cloves)
Brown Sugar 250g
Margerine 250g
Vanilla Essence 15ml
1 ½ tsp Baking Powder

  1. Add the cake flour to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Place your dried fruit and nuts into a Kenwood blender and chop them finely until they resemble rough crumbs, set aside 50g of the crumbs for cake decoration. Add the remaining 200g crumbs to your mixing bowl.
  3. Add brown sugar and mixed spice to the bowl and mix evenly.
  4. Add margarine and vanilla essence to a microwaveable bowl and melt in the microwave (60 seconds)
  5. Add eggs to the Kenwood along with the baking powder and mix on high until blended and smooth, add melted margarine to the egg mixture, mix well. Pour into the dry ingredients.
  6. Using a handheld beater (or whisk) blend the wet and dry ingredients – try to incorporate as much air as possible.
  7. Pour half of the cake batter into a 20 x 20 cm cake tin. Bake at 180 for 20 – 30 minutes (from 20 minutes check every 5 minutes with a skewer to see if the cake is baked in the center)
  8. One the first layer is baked and cooling, repeat with the second half of the cake batter.

I made vanilla Icing using fresh whipped cream and icing sugar. I spooned it onto the top of the first layer, then placed the second cake layer on top of it. I then spooned the rest messily over the top of the cake (if it runs down the sides don’t worry!) and sprinkled the crumbled fruit and nuts on top.

"I want to make my Grandpa's life a little bit happier... so I'm taking this slice of cake to him." Savanna Bigara, 5yrs. (That's a pretty good review methinks!) 

Bon Apetit!


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