Christmas cake – Kerala plum cake

1chris cak Christmas brings memories of a big slice of spicy plum cake and carols in the background. A taste of this Kerala Christmas cake is all I long for around this time of the year. When on vacations, I love eating it off season also from shops in Kerala. It is a dense cake that smells so divine and has a festive spirit! Baking a delicious plum cake was a dream for a long time until I tried it when I was  living in Kenya. The chances of buying it was bleak in the small town we were in, so I decided to experiment. My trial turned out to be a chunky sweet mass and there were few takers for it. Our friendly neighbor saved the day by sending us a big, round plum cake wrapped in butter paper and I begged her for its recipe. I saved that precious recipe which is buttered and spiced and falling apart now. For many years, I followed it religiously because it was able to deliver a decent cake. Every year when I bake for the holidays, I relive those days enjoyed with a close-knit group of friends. Last year, I baked it in a loaf pan and was given the stamp of approval by family.

Plum cake

Last year’s cake

So this year, I ventured into baking a round cake to celebrate the merry days. My son, the connoisseur of fine cakes, is yet to judge it.  I altered the recipe a bit by adding caramel to enhance the taste.

Christmas cake

Christmas cake


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup soft brown sugar
  • 2 eggs separated
  • /4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup mixed dry fruits
  • 1/2 cup mixed chopped nuts
  • 1 1/2 tbsp mixed spices (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger powder)
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 1/4 cup caramel
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt


Soak the dry fruits in brandy the previous day. Making caramel

  •  ½ cup sugar
  •   ½ cup water
  1. Add 2 tbsp water to the sugar in a pan and put it on medium heat until it turns golden brown.
  2. Remove it from the stove and pour the remaining water and dissolve the caramelized sugar. Be cautious as the water can splash all over.
  3. Keep this aside.


  1. Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer at low speed.
  2. Add egg yolks to it and beat well.
  3. Beat the egg whites separately and add to it.
  4. Add the baking powder, salt and spices to the flour and sift it.
  5. Remove the soaked dry fruits and toss with some flour. This prevents the fruits from sinking to the bottom and makes them stay all over the cake.
  6. Combine flour and butter mixture.
  7. Stir in the caramel and 2 tbsp brandy.
  8. Fold in the fruits and nuts gently.
  9. Pour the mixture into a greased round pan.
  10. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 1 hour.
  11. Insert a tooth pick in the center of the cake and it will come out clean when it is done.

1 plm cak If cracks appear on the top of the cake wet a towel and cover it for a while and it comes together. For an adult version of the cake brush with brandy generously on top of the cake and it will soak into it to give a strong flavour. 1 c piece 1 chr cake MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


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4 Responses to Christmas cake – Kerala plum cake

  1. Simple but a solid post apt for the season! Merry Christmas to you and family!


  2. d.r.s says:

    Looks good. It needs a glass of rum beside it!


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