Feb 26, 2007

Eggless Dry Fruit Cake

Dry Fruits Cake
I haven't been baking cakes and cookies for a while. But ever since I saw delicious, scrumptious cakes on Sowmya's Home Spices and Seema's Recipe Junction, I have been craving for those. I could not resist any further.

I had a cake recipe for the caramel cake popularly called as plum cake in South Indian Bakeries. These cakes do not have any plums in them! but that's they are called! The recipe I had was just a starter for me. It had eggs and loads of sugar and butter. I did my own substitutions
and changed quite a lot of it making it a low sugar and low fat cake. The end results were good. Just loved this cake. The recipe also called for adding 4 tbsp of caramelized sugar which I did not add.

for the cake batter
4 heaping tbsp or 150ml or ½ tin Sweetened Condensed milk or milk maid
¾ cup low fat milk
¼ cup your cooking oil, vegetable or olive oil

dry ingredients
1¼ cup maida or all purpose flour
½ baking soda
½ baking powder
pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg & cardamom
½ tsp almond or vanilla essence, optional

No sugar, the sweetness of the sweetened condensed milk is enough.

dry fruits to fill the cake, a handful of each of the following
chopped pitted dates
tuti-fruity - crystallized papaya bits, available in Indian stores

to line the cake tin
1 tsp butter
2 tsp flour

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Prepare the cake tin or a loaf pan, rub butter on all sides and dust it lightly with flour. Shake off and remove the excess flour.

Chop the nuts, dates and mix together with raisins and tuti-fruity. Add a tsp of flour to this and shake well to coat all the dry fruits with flour. Pour on a strainer and shake of the excess flour. This helps them keep suspended in the cake batter without sinking to the bottom. A little trick I learnt from Chef John from Everyday Food on PBS.

In a bowl mix to together all the dry ingredients and set aside. In another bowl whisk together condensed milk, milk and oil. Mix in the prepared dry ingredients. Fold in the dry fruits gently.

Pour into prepared loaf pan or cake tins.

Bake for approx 30 mins till the tester inserted at the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool off on the wire rack till its completely cool.

Dry Fruits Cake


I like my cake lean, so I use olive oil. You may use butter, add some extra butter to make the cake moist. Add more sugar if you have sweet tooth. Top it with cool whip. Enjoy as you like.

The original recipe from which I adapted is a QA on Ammas.com. Its the second answer here


Aruna said...

Wow Manjula .......I was waiting for a cake recipe which had condensed milk in it and egg less too. I am going to try it right away. I have all the ingredients right away. Tell me what is the difference in using olive oil /butter in this cake. For less fat right? Nothing else. I miss the fresh plum cake from Mumbai bakeries which have tutti fruti in it. Thanks for posting.

Manjula said...

Hi Tanam,
Yes, Only reason I used olive oil is to make it low in fat. You may add butter more than the amount I specified.

Also note that I did not add caramelized sugar as called in the original recipe. Yet my cake tasted like those Plum cakes in India.


Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

Hi Manjula,
hey lovely recipe.thanks for sharing this is in my must try recipe for next baking.

Sia said...

ah... do u remember the taste of plum cake from popular bakery and prema bakery in puttur? i love eating it with vanilla ice cream. it tastes heaven. my roomies in hostel always asked me get plum cake and we used to clean the plate with dollop of vanilla ice cream:)

FH said...

WOW!! Looks perfect for a eggless cake!!I have never made eggless cake before,will try now!:))

jacob said...

eggless cakes, eh? was never too sure of them when i saw them in cookbooks, but this looks great. gotta try!

jacob said...

eggless cakes, eh? was never too sure of them when i saw them in cookbooks, but this looks great. gotta try!

Anonymous said...

Wow this is really cool. Reminds me of fruit cake we get in India. Lemme go and get condense milk and will come back to u with results:D

Seema Bhat said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhh ...that fruit cake looks just picture perfect. I have to try it out. My mouth is watering here gal....all thanx to you.

Sangeeta said...

Hi Manjula,

Great recipe for a great lookin' and tastin' cake :)

Unknown said...

Great recipe Manjula...just a query, am confused about the condensed milk bit, half a regular milkmaid tin in India would be much more than 4 tbsp, can you please specify in ML?

Manjula said...

Hi Nandita,
I did use 4 heaping tbsp..Half the tin will be nearly 150-200ml.

Unknown said...

Hi Manjula,

Thanks for this great recipe . can u send me the original recipe with eggs, butter, and caramelised sugar etc
Thanks again

Manjula said...

The original recipe from which I adapted is a QA on Ammas.com. Its the second answer here here

Unknown said...

Thanks Manjula. Appreciate it. I love your recipes and keep posting more!!

Unknown said...

Hey Manjula, this is a wonderful recipe, I have condensed milk and all the other ongrdienties (except the walnut). Wud it be ok to use peanuts? I was waiting to prepare an eggless proper cake, I had posted a eggless cake with tofu recently, but I guess this is much much better than that. Thanks for the recipe.

Manjula said...

It is ok to skip walnuts. You may use dry fruits with combination of your choice. I never tried this with peanuts. Guess they will be just fine. But use toasted/crunchy peanuts, raw ones may be soft.

A cake with tofu?? I will surely check that one.

Seema Bhat said...

I am gonna try this cake today. Just a query. What is caramelized sugar? Can I use brown sugar here? My hubby likes sweet so I guess I would go ahead by adding sugar. If you could answer this I will be glad to try it out right away.
Thank you so much girl.

Manjula said...

Caramelized sugar is sugar cooked till its deep brown.
Refer this link on Kitchen Hints & Tips for a detailed explanation on how to make at home.

Brown sugar is partially refined sugar, its different from Caramelized sugar. Some recipes do use brown sugar in cakes, I heard it keeps the cake moist. You can try using brown sugar in this recipe. I am not sure if you can make caramelized sugar from brown sugar though.

Seema Bhat said...

Thanx for the great recipe. I made it yesterday and I added 4 tbsp of normal granulated sugar. It took me about 50 mins to bake at 350 but the end result was awesome. Came out just like yours. Thanx buddy for the yummy recipe.

Unknown said...

Hi Manju:) I had made this and it came out good:) I will be posting this on my blog too with inspiration from urs:)

Manjula said...

Nice to hear that.

Ashwini said...

Hi Manjula, I tried this cake and it was just yummmmmmmm....

I added about 1/4 cup butter (I was taking it to a party so what the heck!) and 3tbsp regular sugar. This gave me the perfect moistness and sweetness.

Thanks so much for the recipe.

Saraswathi said...

Hi Manjula I am saraswathi thiagarajan whose recipe you have mentioned as the basis for your cake.
The caramelised sugar is just to give that extra color. Though my recipe gives a rich taste nowadays after coming to this country I make lot of healthy versions. In each table spoon of condensed milk it has 11gms of sugar.It is also loaded with sugar. To cut the sugar one can use more fruit content.
May be you could have seen my recipes in Tamil magazine Thendral from USA.
Thanks for your recipe.

Manjula said...

Hi Saraswathi Thiagarajan,
Nice to get a comment from you. I used to browse a lot of ammas.com few years ago and have seen a lots of advise from you on many topics. They are really fantastic.

Thanks for the update on your cake recipes. I dont know tamil. Are your recipes in any website? Do you have a blog? If not, I strongly suggest you start one. With your knowledge on varied subjects I am sure you have a lot of fans ..I am one of them :)

Thank You

Anonymous said...

Hi Manjula,
I tried your cake recipe on my birthday. The cake was a great hit with my family and friends.
As a variation, I added unsweetened cocoa (about 2 Tbsp) for a nice chocolate flavor. Absolutely loved the recipe…thanks a lot.

Anonymous said...

Hi Manjula,

Sounds yummy!!! I've soaked a kilo of dry fruits (cashews, walnuts, dates, raisins) in white rum and am planning to have the cakes baked at the local bakery. At the last moment, we've decided to go eggless! Could you please help me and let me know the corresponding measurements of the other ingredients.


Manjula said...

Hi Anshu,
I am very very sorry, i wont be able to help you with that. I experiment with different recipes and post the ones that came out good. I am not an expert baker. I suggest you refer to that link I have to where my recipe is based on.

Anonymous said...

You have given the details of the cake very fantastically. I liked it a lot. thanks .


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