|1 cup||Softened butter|
|2 cup||Powdered sugar|
|3 cup||Maida flour/ all purpose flour|
|2 tsp||Baking powder|
|2 tsp||Vanilla essence|
|Pinch of salt|
|½ cup||Sugar for caramelizing|
|10 no||Dates (chopped)|
|½ cup||Dried pineapple chunks(chopped)|
|½ cup||Dried papaya chunks(chopped)|
|½ cup||Dried cherry|
|1 cup||Chopped nuts(silvered almonds, cashews)|
Preheat the oven:
Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.
Preparing dry ingredients:
Sift flour, baking powder, salt and keep it aside.
Mixing wet ingredients:
Separate egg yolks and whites separately. Beat egg whites separately for 5 minutes with an electric mixer. Then add the softened butter to it and continuously mix it with the mixer for 5 more minutes. Now add the egg yolks to it and mix it. Now is the time to add the powdered sugar and vanilla essence. Mix it all together for 2 more minutes.
Mixing dry and wet ingredients:
Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients little by little till you get all ingredients mixed together.
Mixing dry fruits:
Using the spatula fold in the chopped raisins, chopped nuts, chopped pineapple chunks.
To get brown color cake, take 1 cup of sugar and saute it in a pan 0.5 cup water for few minutes. When it turns to brown color just add it with the cake mixture and stir it with a spatula after adding all the dry fruits.
Prepare the baking pan by buttering it nicely just to avoid sticking. Then pour the mixture into the baking pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 35 minutes. Same old technique to check whether the cake is baked. Just insert a tooth pick in the middle. If it comes out clean its done. Allow it to cool for 5 to 7 minutes.. Before serving dust it with some powdered sugar.
This cake can be baked in small loaf pans for Christmas giving. Can make 2 cakes if baking in 8" round pan.
Please note that the baking time varies for different types of material. When using aluminum pans, non stick pans bake it at 325 F. When using glass pans bake it at 350 F .