Christmas Fruit Cake | Alcohol-Free Recipe
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Christmas Fruit Cake | Alcohol-Free Recipe

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Christmas fruit cake is a classic holiday dessert. This soft and velvety cake is loaded with raisins, almonds, cashews and walnuts. It is so easy to make that you’ll surely make this cake every year.

Christmas Fruit Cake | Alcohol-Free Recipe

Christmas celebration is incomplete without a decadent fruit cake. This fruit cake is very rich, moist and is made without alcohol. To make this, soak the raisins in apple juice instead of rum, overnight. It gives the cake a subtle apple flavour. Then whisk all the dry ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla essence. Then add the dry mix and fold it in. Pour the plumped raisins and chopped nuts into the batter. If the cake batter looks dry then pour ¼ cup milk. Then combine everything together. Pour the batter into a baking pan lined with parchment/baking paper. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.

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Serve this flavourful festive cake as a dessert after dinner or enjoy it with tea or coffee in the evening. So don’t wait, make this alcohol-free Christmas fruit cake today! Merry Christmas!!

Prep Time: 20 mins | Bake Time: 45 mins | Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins

Serves: 2 small loaves

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp clove powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup apple juice or water
  • 2 cups raisins, golden and black raisins (seedless)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, almonds, cashews and walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar, granulated
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Cooking Directions:

In a glass bowl, add the golden and black raisins, pour the apple juice and mix. You can also add water instead of apple juice.

Cover and allow it to rest overnight or 2 days. By doing this, the raisins will absorb all the fruit juice and plump up.

Preheat oven to 180-degree Celcius. Lightly grease a loaf pan (20x10x5 cm). Line it with baking paper.

In a bowl, sift in all-purpose flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, ginger powder, cinnamon powder, clove powder and salt. Whisk everything together and keep it aside.

In a separate bowl, add butter and beat it with whisk or hand blender for 2 minutes.

Then add sugar and beat again until light and fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time, continue to beat and scrape down the side after each addition. Pour vanilla essence and fold it in.

Then add the dry mixture and fold again with a spatula. Make sure you don’t over mix.

Add the soaked raisins along with the leftover juice. Gently fold it in.

Add the chopped nuts and fold again.

Christmas Fruit Cake | Alcohol-Free Recipe

Divide the cake batter into the prepared loaf pans evenly. Or you can also bake two cake one after the other if you have only one pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes at 180-degree Celcius or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Christmas Fruit Cake | Alcohol-Free Recipe

Remove it from oven and allow them to cool down on a wire rack. Once they have cooled down you serve them or you can also store them in the same pan for a few days. Just wrap it with cling or plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator. Or cut them in slices and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe Note:

If the fruit cake batter looks really dry then add ¼ cup milk and mix well.

Christmas Fruit Cake | Alcohol-Free Recipe

Christmas Fruit Cake | Alcohol-Free Recipe

Christmas fruit cake is a classic holiday dessert. This soft and velvety cake is loaded with raisins, almonds, cashews and walnuts.
Prep Time 20 mins
Baking Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 2 loaves

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp clove powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup apple juice or water
  • 2 cups raisins golden and black raisins (seedless)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts almonds, cashews and walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar granulated
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Instructions
 

  • In a glass bowl, add the golden and black raisins, pour the apple juice and mix. You can also add water instead of apple juice.
  • Cover and allow it to rest overnight or 2 days. By doing this, the raisins will absorb all the fruit juice and plump up.
  • Preheat oven to 180-degree Celcius. Lightly grease a loaf pan (20x10x5 cm). Line it with baking paper.
  • In a bowl, sift in all-purpose flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, ginger powder, cinnamon powder, clove powder and salt. Whisk everything together and keep it aside.
  • In a separate bowl, add butter and beat it with whisk or hand blender for 2 minutes.
  • Then add sugar and beat again until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, continue to beat and scrape down the side after each addition. Pour vanilla essence and fold it in.
  • Then add the dry mixture and fold again with a spatula. Make sure you don’t over mix.
  • Add the soaked raisins along with the leftover juice. Gently fold it in.
  • Add the chopped nuts and fold again.
  • Divide the cake batter into the prepared loaf pans evenly. Or you can also bake two cake one after the other if you have only one pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes at 180-degree Celcius or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Remove it from oven and allow them to cool down on a wire rack. Once they have cooled down you serve them or you can also store them in the same pan for a few days. Just wrap it with cling or plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator. Or cut them in slices and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

If the fruit cake batter looks really dry then add ¼ cup milk and mix well.
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