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First Christmas Tradition of Baking a Christmas Cake from India

'There is a reason for the season '
The season is Christmas n the reason is the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Do we celebrate Christmas in India? Of course we do and with much fervour, food and festivities.  I recollect all my cherished memories of spiritedness at my mother's home. From Christmas carols to tree and house decorations. From buying gifts to first Christmas tradition - baking a Christmas cake is all what I get nostalgic about and want my kids to remember too. But before the Cake recipe let me share some Christmas memories- 

 for the first tradition of baking a Christmas Cake,

1) You have been socked!! I remember playing this game in our campus , where we use to hang a Christmas socks (filled with gift) outside one of our friends n then in return he/she within 24 hrs had to refill it and hang it on the door of another kid. The chain continued till Christmas Eve....that was fun.

2) Angel at the Play: Another highlight of the Christmas season that is embedded in my mind is the Christmas Play....where I always played an Angel. The play showcased the Christmas story:- the birth of Jesus Christ. How the Angel acted as a messenger,  how the shepherds and the wise men followed the star to reach the place, Jerusalem, where the Christ was born.

3) Late night, door-to-door Christmas carols singing was the most exhilarating one where our main affair was actually not carols but the variety of cakes n snacks which we were offered at every home....Oh that was fun !

And for the first tradition of baking a Christmas Cake, the earlier you start your Christmas cake, the more moist it is. The secret is to prepare and weigh all the ingredients.

 for the first tradition of baking a Christmas Cake,

What makes this one special are the DRIED FRUITS - that are dipped in Rum for at least a month for that taste and aroma.

Preparation Time: 30min.

Baking Time: 2 to 2.5 hours.

Temperature: 170c to 180c

Serving: Makes 12-15 pieces. 


RECIPE 

•Eggs-4
•Brown Sugar-200gm
•Butter (unsalted)-200gm
•Flour-300gm
•Ground mixed spices-2tbs.
(Mace, Nutmeg, Cloves, Cinnamon, Green cardamom)
•Mixed Dried Fruit-1kg
(Raisins, Prunes, Cherries, Cranberries, Figs, Walnuts, Orange peel, Dried ginger, Currants, Dates, Sultanas dipped in 150ml Rum)
•Almond powder 2-3 heaped spoons
•Juice of 1 Orange
•Juice of 1 Lemon
•Baking powder-2tbs
•Some Rum for feeding

 for the first tradition of baking a Christmas Cake,    for the first tradition of baking a Christmas Cake,

METHOD
1.Preheat oven at 170°C
2.Prepare your baking dish by brushing it with little oil and then dusting it with some flour. This will make an easy exit door for your cake.
3.Beat eggs and sugar for 10 mins, a fluffy mixture will turn out which is crucial for a soft cake.
4.Add sugar to it and add flour in parts to avoid any air pockets. Beat the eggs for another 10min. 
5.Then add ground spices, baking powder and juices.While adding juices take care that the batter doesn't become runny, adjust accordingly. Beat for another 5 mins.
6.Lastly add DRIED FRUITS Mixture. Instead of beating it in a beater, mix it in the cake batter with a spatula. This will enable the fruits to get evenly distributed and avoid it from settling down.
7.Transfer the batter to the readied baking tin.To let out air pockets, if any, bang the tin slowly on the surface time n again.

 for the first tradition of baking a Christmas Cake,

8.Now comes the baking part .

Put the baking dish in the preheated oven.
As Christmas cake is packed with sugars, spirits and fruits, it's important to bake it at a given temp. Otherwise cake will burn from outside and inside will be undercooked.
9.Once it's baked, brush it with rum, cover it with an aluminium foil and allow it to cool.

TIPS
1.During baking refrain from opening oven door time n again as it may cause the cake to collapse. Especially for the first 30min. 
2.Make holes in the cake with a skewer and pour in drops of rum every 3-4 days till Christmas, for a moist cake.
HAPPY BAKING!!

And we would love for you to share your pictures with us, if you try this recipe. For more ideas for festive cooking try our Rice-Kheer, Indian Mutton Curry  or our Eggless Chocolate Fudge Cake. Or try this beautiful DIY craft from Philippine. 

Comments (23)

Firdaus Peerzada Posted on Dec 17, 2017

This traditional cake recipe is the real essence of Christmas day. Thanks for sharing this one with us.

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Bushra Posted on Dec 17, 2017

I always remember Christmas cake we have at my friend\'s home . Indeed it\'s the best cake. Thanks for sharing wonderful recipe Love to try

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Bushra Posted on Dec 17, 2017

I always remember Christmas cake we have at my friend\'s home . Indeed it\'s the best cake. Thanks for sharing wonderful recipe Love to try

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Dinedelicious Posted on Dec 17, 2017

I love baking cakes but have never baked any Christmas cake yet as all recipes I found is with eggs. This cake looks really yummy though

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Dr Dhanya Prajesh Posted on Dec 16, 2017

Thank u so much for this recipe. I hv been looking for one long time. Reading d recipe made me feel all cosy an christmassy

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Namrata Kumari Posted on Dec 16, 2017

Thank you for sharing such amazing facts and recipe

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Sharvari Paivaidya Mehan Posted on Dec 16, 2017

Christmas cake is not just a cake its an event in itself. Thank you so much for the recipe

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Kavita Singh Posted on Dec 16, 2017

The last time I tried a rum cake was almost 3 years back. I am definitely trying this soon and see if I can make it :)

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Manisha Garg Posted on Dec 16, 2017

I love Christmas and one of the things I enjoy is cake. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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Bushra Khan Posted on Dec 16, 2017

Such an easy to follow recipe! Would love to try this! merry Christmas in advance!

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Snigdha Prusti Posted on Dec 15, 2017

Wow, The cake is looking delicious and yummy.. Will try the recipe for sure..

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Geethica Mehra Posted on Dec 15, 2017

Your cake making recipe looks simple. I will try before the Christmas so that by the final day I become a pro.

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Papri Ganguly Posted on Dec 15, 2017

Baking is something that must for celebrating Christmas. Thank you for sharing such amazing tips

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Glow Origin Posted on Dec 15, 2017

I\'m going to try the recipe you have shared.. Nice post

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Amrita Posted on Dec 15, 2017

Christmas cake mixing and the fun of carols were a part of my childhood.Loved going down memory lane with you \r\n

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Minakshi Bajpai Posted on Dec 15, 2017

Your post is giving some great motivation to bake a cake this Christmas and making my kids help me with small things.

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Neha Sharma Posted on Dec 15, 2017

The only childhood memory that I have of Christmas is of plum cakes and that too lots. I remember getting homemade cakes from my mom\'s Christian friends and we send out lots of special gifts to them. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe, will try it surely.

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Jhilmil Posted on Dec 15, 2017

wow, I love Christmas traditions and baking a cake with kids can be the best one. Planning to make a rum cake this year

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Anchal Posted on Dec 15, 2017

Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. Will try this out.

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Neha Posted on Dec 15, 2017

Such lovely memories and games! You have given me some ideas to make my kids Christmas fun!

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The Aristochic Posted on Dec 15, 2017

The cake looks absolutely delicious...I am right off to grab a piece of plum cake for myself from my kitchen now

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Anubhuti Posted on Dec 15, 2017

Rum cakes are always yummm.. thanks for some great tips :)

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Sangeeta Posted on Dec 14, 2017

Cake time is just around the corner. Thanks for sharing the tips and your recipe.

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Ruchi Peoples

Ruchi Peoples is a mother to two beautiful kids. And in between balancing a teenager son and a toddler daughter she is mastering the art of Baking. Truly when it comes to baking, she takes the cake.

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