Traditional Goan Christmas Cake

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Total Time:
1 month
Serves: 20
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Category: Festive Recipe
Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Bake Recipe
Difficulty: Hard

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  • Rum - 1/4 bottle
  • Cherries - 250 g
  • Raisins- 250 g
  • Ginger - 250 g
  • Tutti-Frutti - 250 g
  • Dates - 250 g
  • Apple, Orange peels - 250 g
  • Butter - 1.5 kgs
  • Sugar - 1.5 kgs
  • Flour - 1.75 kgs
  • Egg - 2 dozen
  • Baking powder - 3 tsps
  • Vanilla essence - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • For cake masala: Shahi jeera 10 g,
  • Nutmeg - 1/2, Cinnamon - 10 g, Cardamom - 10g
  • For caramel: 100 g - sugar
  • Some water

How to Make Traditional Goan Christmas Cake

  • Prep work begins one (even six) month in advance:
  • Stone the raisins and dates. Cut them along with the other fruits and peels into small pieces.
  • Soak everything in rum, along with the cake masala. Let it marinate until it is time for baking, which may be a couple of days before Christmas.
  • To prepare the caramel:
  • Take sugar, add 1/2 cup water and place it on the flame. When the sugar turns brown, keep adding a little water a few times until it gets a rich dark brown colour.
  • Take off the flame and mix in the cake mixture.
  • To prepare the cake tray:
  • Grease the base and sides of the tray with butter.
  • Sprinkle and dust with flour to cover the greased sides and base, by holding the tray and turning it around.
  • To prepare the cake mix:
  • Cream the butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
  • Separate the yolks from the whites of the eggs.
  • Add one yolk at a time to the butter-cream and whip till well blended.
  • Beat the egg whites stiff and keep aside.
  • Sieve the baking powder, salt and flour together.
  • Flour the fruit mixture slightly (to avoid sinking). Add this to the cake mixture.
  • Gently fold in the flour, vanilla essence and egg whites. Mix in the caramel.
  • Add two tbsps of warm milk, if necessary, to get a dropping consistency.
  • To bake:
  • Pour the mixture into the greased cake baking trays.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F in a moderate oven for about 1 hour, till the cake is done.