Ho ho ho, Christmas is here! Bring a bottle of booze for the slightly Drunken Fruit and Nut Cake. The most coveted of baked goods during holiday season is this moist, light and delicious cake packed with real dried fruits, nuts and carrots. Even carrot cake non-lovers will love this cake like I do.
This homey dessert is made with naturally dried fruits unlike all dense fruit cakes with tones of horrendous candied fruits that has been dipped in simple sugar syrup several times and preserved.
Plenty of dried fruits and nuts are soaked in raspberry infused wine. Yes, no bitter brandy or rum for this fruit cake. Its mild and deliciously sweet that adds more flavor to the dried fruits. Wine is used for aging process, it's ideal to marinate the dried fruits for 2 weeks or more. Allow enough time for the alcohol to flavor the fruits and remember stirring occasionally few times a day is required. You may reserve some wine to brush the cake after it cools for added flavor, but I skipped this step as kids can dig in as well.
There are couple of secrets you will need to master this ever-so-perfect fruit cake. Want a less dense and more cake-like "Fruit cake"? Beat the egg whites separately and fold into the batter without compromising the airiness of the beaten whites. Some of the fruits can settle down to the bottom while baking, to prevent this from happening, coat the fruits and nuts with flour and then add it to the batter. Vola! it's that simple. Fresh lemon or orange zest seems to be a little weird in a fruit and nut cake, but rest assured it gives the little something to liven up your taste buds and you will love it.
I have been blessed with good friends and certainly baking with friends is a lot more fun moment to cherish. This cake recipe has been doubled to share and care for family and friends around the holidays. This cake is delicious by itself and will be their favorite. It will make them a believer in real fruit-cake. Be warned, one slice will never be enough :)
Want to see how to make this cake? Let's get started to make the home smell welcoming...