A very 'Cakey' Christmas
Its festive time with Christmas just few days away. Christmas is all about cakes. We bring you some extra special cake recipes to pump up your Christmas celebrations. All you want this Christmas is one of these cakes.
Chocolate Temptation with Mehandi Icing cake

Chocolate Temptation with Mehandi Icing cake

Chocolate cake with mehandi design

Ingredients

Maida flour – 3 cups

Soda powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt – 1 pinch

Sugar – 1 ¼ cups

Butter – 240g

Milk – 1 ½ cups

Egg – 3 nos

Melted cooking Chocolate – 100g

Dark cooking Chocolate – 100g

White cooking chocolate – 300g

Icing sugar – 250g

Cream – ½ cup

Chocolate cream – For frosting

White chocolate- For ganache

Preparation

Sieve the soda powder, maida and salt in a bowl. Add sugar and butter to it and beat well. Then add egg, milk and melted cooking chocolate to it and again beat in low speed. Separate this mixture into two.

Take two cake tins and grease them with butter. Fill them with the dough and bake in 160-degree temperature for one hour.

Frosting

Take a pan and heat it. Melt chocolate cream and butter in low heat. Remove from flame and add icing sugar and a little milk. Beat it until the mixture becomes soft.

Ganache

In a small pan take cream and heat it. Add white chocolate to it. When chocolate starts melting remove from flame and keep in fridge until its consistency turns into a dough form.

Take the cakes out of the tins and allow it to cool. Spread frosting mixture over one cake and place the other cake above it. Again spread frosting mixture over the top cake.

Take the ganache and work mehandi design on the cake.

Your Christmas cake is ready. 

Mixed Fruits Cake

Mixed fruit cake

A healthy cake that can be easily prepared at home.

Ingredients

Pineapple, chopped to small pieces – ½ cup

Apple, chopped to small pieces – ½ cup

Dates, chopped to small pieces – ½ cup

Almond, chopped to small pieces – ¼ cup

Maida -  1 kg

Food colours (yellow, red) – 1 pinch

Baking powder – 1 pinch

Cashew nut, cut into pieces – ¼ cup

Almond, cut into pieces – 10 nos

Egg – 3 nos

Butter – 400g

Sugar – 400g

Ghee – 50ml

Preparation

In a pan fry the chopped fruits in ghee.

Mix maida, baking powder, red food colour, yellow food colour and make it into batter.

Add sugar to the egg and beat well. Add butter, vanilla essence, cashew nuts, almonds and the fried fruits to this and mix well. Add this mixture to the above batter and mix well.

Pour it into the baking pan coated with butter paper and bake for 45 minutes at 150-degree temperature.

Later remove from oven and allow it to cool. Mixed fruit cake is ready.

 Flour-less Chocolate cake

Flour-less Chocolate cake

A chocolate cake for those who can't take flour and chocolate lovers will adore this for New year.

Ingredients

1 Double Cream 800 ml
2 Milk 200ml
3 Powdered sugar 150 ml
4 Dark chocolate 700 gram
5 Eggs 7
6 Yolk of eggs 4

Method

Take a pan and pour milk, powdered sugar and double cream and keep stirring it continuously. When it boils well add eggs and the yolk of eggs to it. Add dark chocolate and stir till it melts.Take a ghee-smeared vessel and pour it into the vessel. Bake or steam it. Yummy chocolate cake is ready.

Orange Cake

Orange Cake 

Oranges, mainly associated with juices, desserts and cakes, is a seasonal fruit and could be put to make good recipes. Enjoy the delicious taste of Orange cake with orange sauce with this easy to make recipe.

Ingredients

Butter 500 gm
Icing sugar 500 gm
Egg 11 nos
Orange (cut into pieces) 1
Orange water 20 ml
Orange juice of 1 orange
Maida 450 gm
Baking powder 5 gm

Method


Beat butter and icing sugar nicely. Then add eggs. When it turns into a fluffy cream, add orange water. Then add orange pieces and orange juice. After mixing maida with baking powder add it to the mixture and bake it.

Orange sauce

Orange juice 400 ml
Sugar 85 gm
Liquid glucose 90 gm

Boil the three ingredients and when it starts to reduce, pour the concentrated sauce on top of the cake. Orange cake with cold orange sauce is ready.

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake

1. Plain chocolate-115 g

2. Milk- 275 ml

3. Light brown sugar- 200 g

4. Egg Yolk- 1

5. Maida- 260 g

6. Butter- 140g

7. Baking soda powder- one teaspoon

8. Salt- half teaspoon

9. Caster sugar- 260 gram

10. Egg- 3

11. Vanilla essence- 1 teaspoon

How to prepare:

1. Pre-heat the oven at 180 degree Celsius

2. Mix chocolate, milk, light brown sugar and egg yolk in double boil method 

3. Beat this mixture with a wooden spoon or hand-held mixer until it becomes thick

4. Add salt, baking soda powder and batter 

5. Whip caster sugar and butter with an electric mixer

6. Once it gets foamy, add egg and again beat well.  

7. Add vanilla essence into this mixture

8. Mix the batter into it and beat till it get combined

9. During whipping add milk at regular intervals

10. Add this to chocolate mixture which has prepared early and whip again

11. Spread butter on a cake tin and put the mixture into it

12. Then bake it at 180 degree Celsius for 40 minutes.

Fresh fruit cake

Fresh fruit cake

Ingredients

Maida- 2 cups

Baking powder- 1 teaspoon

Egg- 4

Sugar- half cup

Cream of tartar- half teaspoon

Vegetable oil- 3 tablespoon

Lemon juice- quarter teaspoon

Milk- 50 ml

Fresh fruits- 1 cup

Whipping cream- 1 cup

Icing sugar- 3 tablespoon

Chopped fresh fruits to garnish cake

How to prepare

1. Preheat oven at 180 degree Celsius

2. Sift together Maida and baking powder three times

3. Separate egg white and yolk and keep it in two different bowls

4. Whisk together cream of tartar, lime juice and egg white (we can use baking powder instead of cream of tartar)

5. When it became thick, add quarter cup of sugar and beat well

6. Add quarter cup of sugar to egg yolk and whip together till the sugar dissolves completely

7. Add milk and vegetable oil into it and beat well

8. Mix the sifted maida and fold it

9. Fold one-third of this mixture to the egg white beaten along with cream of tartar and lime juice. Slowly fold the remaining mixture to it.

4. Apply a thin layer of butter on the cake tin

5. Pour the batter to this cake tin and bake it at 180 degree Celsius for 25 minutes

6. Place this to another butter paper once it baked 

7. After a short while, cut it into three equal pieces

8. Whip together the whipping cream and icing sugar

9. Spread the whipped cream and icing sugar over the layer of the first cake and second layer

10. Apply the remaining cream around the cake

11. Garnish the cake with fresh fruits 

Cinnamon-truffle-cake

Cinnamon-truffle-cake

A rich and filling truffle cake with a taste of cinnamon is sure to delight the children and adults in this new year.

Ingredients

Butter 100 gm
Powdered sugar 120 gm
Egg 2
Maida 80 gm
Cocoa powder 30 gm
Cinnamon powdered 5 gm
Baking powder 1 gm

How to prepare

Beat butter and sugar well. After the egg is beaten, mix it with butter and sugar mixture. Clean and sieve maida, baking powder, powdered cinnamon, cocoa powder. Then add it to the beaten butter and beat it further well. Pour the contents into a cake mould and bake it in a oven at 180 degrees. Cinnamon truffle cake is ready.

 

Dry fruit cake

Dry fruit cake

Ingredients

Dry fruits to soak

Raisins- black, golden- 1 cup each
Cherries/prunes- 1 cup
Fig- 1/2 cup
Apricot- 1/4 cup
Seedless dates- 1 cup
Lemon/orange peel- 1/4 cup


The fruits can be selected according to taste. Choose dried fruits of good quality, do not use Tuti-fruti.

Making Caramel cyrup to soak 

Sugar -2 cups
Water - 1/2 + 1 cup

Add 1/2 cup of water to 2 cups of sugar in a heavy bottom pan. Heat on high flame, stir till the sugar dissolves. Once the solution boils, reduce flame to medium. Wait till the colour changes from white to brown. Once the colour is brown, switch off the flame.  Now, add 1/3 cup of water slowly into it and  stir . This step has to be done very carefully, as the caramel will bubble up and splatter. So use a deep bottomed pan, so that bubbles wont come out. Also, pour the water from a distance. Add 1/3 rd of the water and stir again. Now add the final 1/3rd of water. Let the cyrup cool completely.

Choosing Alcohol to soak

You can use one cup of rum, brandy or red wine.
Alternatively, fresh orange juice can be used, if soaking fruits overnight.

Spices for adding to fruits

Cloves- 6
Cinnamon stick- 1 inch piece
Nutmeg powder -1/2 tsp
Caraway seeds/cake seeds- 1 tsp

Powder all the spices and keep aside.

Chop the dry fruits and mash with hands. Add caramel cyrup into it and mash. Add spice powder and mash well. Finally add alcohol of your choice and mash.

Keep the soaked fruits in glass jar, close it and keep aside. Give a stir every alternate day till its used. Do not touch the fruits with hand. Do not keep the fruits in steel jar.

To make cake

All purpose flour- 2 cups
Cooking Butter -250 gms
Eggs- 3
Baking powder -1 tsp
Spice powder (Use the same recipe as in soaking fruits)
Caramel cyrup- 1/2 cup
Demerara sugar, powdered- 1.5 cups
Salt- a pinch
Nuts- 1 cup(can use walnut, cashe, almond etc- or a mix)
Vanilla essence - 1tsp

Methods of preparation

1.Beat Butter and powdered sugar till creamy.(Beat for 5-7 minutes).
2. Add eggs one by one,beat well after adding each egg.
3.Add vanilla essence.
4.Add caramel cyrup and beat well.
5.Mix all purpose flour, baking powder, spice powder and salt in a bowl and mix.
6.Add the flour mix to the egg-butter-caramel mix. Mix with a spoon nicely, taking care not to over beat.
7.Add the nuts, mix well with spoon.

8.Take 3-4 cups of soaked fruits, coat them nicely with all purpose flour(Around 1/4 to 1/3 cup flour will be needed- this is to prevent the dry fruits going to the bottom of the pan while 

baking) 

9.Add the soaked-flour coated dry fruits to the cake mix, mix well with a spoon.

10. Preheat oven to 140 degree
11. line a 9 inch baking dish with butter paper.
12. Cover the baking pan with news paper to prevent burning the edges.

13. Pour the cake batter to the cake pan.Cover the pan with news paper.

14.Bake for 1.5 hours, till the top of the cake is brown, firm and a tooth pick inserted in the middle of the cake comes clean. 

15.Cool the cake completely. Use a pastry brush and brush alcohol on the cake. do it 2-3 times. Cover with cling film, and let it rest for atleast a week. (You can open in 1 day also, if pressed for time! )

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