Sunday, 16 December 2012

Garam Masala Fruit Cake For The Holidays

It feels so good to be back after such a loooooooong (enforced) break! I really missed the "buzz" and fun of bloggoworld but most of all I really really missed the daily interactions with all my friends. My last post was at the beginning of November and after laptop crashed :( The poor thing was really abused over the years and pouring a jug full of water on it by my two year old was the last straw which really did it in....I guess she was not happy with me spending so much time on my laptop! Then what with Diwali, holidays and a wedding in the family, the whole month just breezed past. So with the advent of December I decided to look for options and........ ended up buying an iPad instead of a laptop! Again a week or so went by just to figure out how to use this thing for my blogging. Finally I think I have got a hang of it....although my two year old seems to be more adept at using it..oh well I think the new generation gets a crash course in latest technologies before being sent to earth, that's the only rational reason I can think of after seeing their technosavyness!

Coming back to this cake, it was made for my baking course and the recipe was also provided by the institute. The garam masala adds deep winter flavours to your cake that mingles beautifully with your fruits. It's a standard recipe for making a 1kg, 8 inch fruit cake. The dry fruits were evenly chopped and soaked in alcohol a month or so in advance and the cake was baked and again soaked in brandy and rum for a day or two before we started "decorating" it with all the Christmassy themed things.

Here's all the things ready and waiting to go on top of the cake.

Here are some of my faves made by my baking buddies.

All the figures, charms and leaves are done in fondant and...ahem..I was inspired, read "copied heavily", from Pinterest for the final look of my cake.

Garam Masala Fruit Cake
120g all purpose flour
120g brown sugar
120g butter, room temperature
3 eggs
200g mixed dry fruits, chopped evenly and soaked in alcohol for 15 days or so
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/8teaspoon orange essence
1/8teaspoon almond essence
1/8teaspoon nutmeg/cinnamon powder
1/8teaspoon garam masala powder
1 tablespoon caramel(I used store bought)
40ml milk

Preheat the oven to 150 degree Celsius. Grease and Line the base of an 8 inch round cake tin and set aside.
Sieve the all purpose flour with the baking powder and baking soda and the spices and add the dry fruits to this mix.
Cream the butter until light and fluffy, gradually add the brown sugar and keep on mixing till the mixture is light in texture. Add in the eggs, one at a time and keep beating after each addition.
Add the vanilla, orange and almond essence and beat well. Fold in the flour mix and add the milk to adjust the consistency of the batter. Add in the caramel and pour the batter into the prepared cake tin. Bake at 150 degree Celsius for 1 hour. When done, let the cake cool in the tin and allow to stand and mature in a cool dark place for a day or two. The longer it stands, the better the flavours.


  1. Hi Anuja, yuuhhhuuuu I missed you so much. You being MIA for soooo long. Glad to see you back in action.

    Everything look excellent and gorgeous. You're very creative. The sugar paste from you and your buddies look very beautiful. Good job, 2 thumbs up for you. Fruit cake look delicious and very moist. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Back later again to read your recipe, busy with my next posting which I will post tonight.

    With lots of love and hugs to you.
    Have a nice weekend, warm regards.

  2. All ur creations are simply awesome dear. would love a bite from this yummy cake

  3. wow... fabulous looking cake...

  4. Welcome back, Anuja! I was just thinking of sending you an email by end of this week! Sorry to hear about your laptop!
    Your Christmas cake and all your cakes are beautiful! Very creative of you! I really sucks at cake decorating and really envy yours!
    Have a great week, Anuja!

  5. Hey,
    It's good to see you back in action, loved the cake decoration.

  6. Wow that looks so delicious and so tempting... Loved all the fondant figurines!!!!
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  7. Great innovation...

  8. Its adorable! Love the decorations for the topping! You did great!

  9. Hi!!!!
    Your baking blog looks great!!!!!! garam masala in a!!! very nice fondants!!!

  10. No wonder we have not heard from you for so long :). Ah, you will love the ipad, i stare at it lovingly everyday haha. Your christmas cake looks so lovely, love the fondant deco and the garam masala idea. Definitely something different from the usual. Bookmarked to try!

  11. Welcome back Anuja! So nice to know that you're back! This cake is so lovely & festive! Simply gorgeous & what an interesting recipe with garam masala! This is so intriguing that I wanted to try this recipe too! :)

  12. so nice to hear from you again! i thot you are 'stucked' in your baking course or what. I tried using ipad too but must say that i'm still not used to the flat keypads o type! LOL! your fruit cake is absolutely beautiful, very professionally done and so interesting with garam masala!

  13. hi Anuja, *wave* been such a long while, I hope all is well on your side. What a beautiful Christmas cake! Your skills are getting so good. Saw that you are conducting classes too, well done!!

  14. Beautiful cake . First time your blog . Am following u .Glad if u will follow me back.

  15. ANUJA my dearie...have been wondering where have you been. Well the little one made you get yourself an i pad..thats good!! Am so glad you are back and with what a bang!! Love the cake and the super cute santa with tiny gifts and the snowman...boy..I love them all!! Definitely need a lesson on fondant decoration from you....GREAT job.

  16. Hi Anuja,

    Welcome back!!! New ipad! I like the sound of it!

    I can see that you are now back at your kitchen with your baking plus lots of Christmas mood. Your cake looks fantastic!

    I was worried at first if I have been sending you the texts via a wrong number. I've realized too that you have not been updating your blog and thought that you might be away for holidays or something...

    Don't be silly... I didn't judge you at all. Just worry if there is something wrong. Nice to hear from you again :D


  17. Hi Anuja,
    So glad to see your post again. Been misses you a lot..:)
    A new iPad sound cool! I have been trying to use iPad too but still not so get use to it...:p

    Your garam masala fruit cake is so special. Love your Christmassy fondant deco and all your baking buddies cakes too:)
    Have a wonderful week ahead and
    Merry Christmas to you~

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  19. Hi Anuja,
    I am going to try out your this garam masala fruit cake.
    Drop by to read the recipe in details.

    And also to say hello to you.'
    Hope all the best in everything for you:D



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