Monday, December 9, 2013

#BundtaMonth : December ~ Mixed Fruit Chocolate Beer Cake


This fruit cake is slightly different from the norm in that it uses Beer instead of  Brandy, Sherry or Rum and on top of it, it has chocolate too.  Also, the dried fruits are not 'stewed' in alcohol, just cut up and tossed in.
Sounds easy, doesn't it?  The chocolate does add a depth to the flavour of this fruity, boozy cake.  Give this a try and enjoy this cake as a favourite holiday treat.  Perhaps you can bake this for X'mas too, boozy and fruity to welcome  2014!








Recipe for Mixed Fruit Beer Cake

    Ingredients
  • 150 gm butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 oz/340 gm plain flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup Buttermilk (3/4 Tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice + milk to make up 3/4 cup)
  • 1 oz/30 gm bittersweet chocolate - melted
  • 4 oz - mixed fruits (cranberries, dried apricot and prunes, chopped and dusted with some flour from the recipe)
  • 8 oz/230 gm caster sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup Beer
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 oz/90 gm chocolate chunks
  • Icing sugar for dusting (optional) 

Method
1.     Sift plain flour, baking soda, salt, set aside.
2.     Cream butter, sugar till light and fluffy.
3.     Add eggs, one at a time, mix well.  Mix in the melted chocolate.
4.     Add sifted flour alternatively with the beer, buttermilk and orange juice.  Mix till smooth.
5.     Fold in the mixed fruits and chocolate chunks.  Mix well, scraping from the bottom and sides of the mixing bowl.
6.     Pour batter into a well greased and floured 12 cup Bundt pan.
7.     Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 deg. C for 1 hr. 10 mins.   Test with a skewer  till it comes out       clean.
8.     Let cool in pan for 10 mins. before unmoulding onto a wire rack to cool.
9.     Dust with icing sugar if desired.


I'm  also submitting this post to  the 'Baby Sumo's Christmas Recipes Collection 2013' event hosted by
Baby Sumo  of  Eat Your Heart Out, and to 
"Aspiring Bakers #38 :  Boozy-licious"   hosted by Jasline of  Foodie Baker




21 comments:

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  1. Hi Cheah , so tempting , it makes you want tgrap it off the screen , thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Ha, ha.... didn't know the temptation is that great!

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  2. Hi Cheah!

    Your cake looks so moist and delicious I could just dive through the screen for a nibble, lol...I love the notion of using beer in the recipe. A nice twist and I'm sure yummy too!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Cheah...

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    1. You're most welcome, Louise! Yes, beer does make the taste slightly different.

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  3. Hi Cheah,

    Your bundt cake looks very moist and beautiful. Now, I'm asking myself if this is the unique cake ingredient, beer makes it so good :D

    Zoe

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    1. It's good to use beer for a change. Perhaps you can give it a try and see the difference.

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  4. Cheah, this bundt looks so perfectly moist and smooth. Gorgeous clicks!!

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  5. Hi Cheah, Your cake looks really nice, moist and delicious! I love the chocolate chunks inside the cake :D

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    1. This cake does taste a bit different from the normal fruit cake.

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  6. Hi Cheah
    Having beer as part of the ingredients makes the cake soft and moist. Bet it must be very delicious too.

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  7. Hi Cheah, I love the dusting of icing sugar on top, looks just like snow! I love baking with liquor/liqueur, they always leave the baked products with such a unique flavour! Your cake looks super delicious and festive, thank you for joining me in Aspiring Bakers!

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    1. You're most welcome, Jasline. Easiest way to decorate a bundt cake is just by dusting it with icing sugar :)

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  8. I've never baked a cake with beer before, but you have definitely tempted me as this looks incredibly moist and yummy. Thanks for linking this to my Christmas event! :D

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    1. My pleasure.... I've got a few posts with beer, tea bread, cookies and beer can be versatile too.

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  9. Never thought of baking with beer in a cake before but your fruit bundt looks AMAZING! I'm just thinking what will cherry beer do to the bundt - going try this!

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    1. Cherry beer is a good ingredient for Cherry Beer cake. Do check it out here :-
      http://cheah2009.blogspot.com/2012/10/cherry-beer-cake.html

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  10. Gosh, you made me missing my home for christmas even more now.....
    this kind of cake is my mama's signature!

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  11. Hi Cheah, your cake look superb and the texture look so moist. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    Merry Christmas to you and all at home. Have a great holiday.

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