Sunday, December 16, 2012

Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe | Plum Cake

Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake RecipeeChristmas is around the corner and this year I made up my mind to bake the christmas fruit cake. I first wanted to try a eggless version and I zeroed in this recipe. It is a instant version with no prior soaking needed - doesnt that sound interesting?! and yes its eggless too. So no more excuses, get onto your aprons and get start to bake :)

Last week I baked this cake and we loved the aroma and texture of this cake.After hubby tasted a piece, he said I dont miss the eggs here and it is just perfect. Thats mission accomplished :)
Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe

Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe - Ingredients

Recipe Reference : Divine Taste Makes: 8 pieces
Cooking & Preparation Time: 2 hrs 

Maida(All purpose flour) - 1 cup
Butter - 1/2 cup
Demerara sugar - 1/2 cup
Baking Powder - 1/2 + 1/4 tsp
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp + 1/8 tsp with dry fruits
Spice mixture - 1/2 tsp(1 clove , 1 small piece cinnamon & a small piece of nutmeg)
Date Syrup/ Honey- 1/2 tbsp
Curd(Yogurt) - 3 tbsp
Vanilla essence - 1/2 + 1/4 tsp
Mashed Potato - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/2 cup

Dry Fruits & Nuts:

Raisins - 50 gms(Golden + Black)
Dry Figs - 50 gms
Dates - 25 gms
Almonds - 25 gms
Pista - 25 gms
Cashews - 25 gms
Tutti Frutti - 50 gms

Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe
1.Get all your dry fruits and nuts ready....Chop them finely, keep aside(Show below in the pic is just half of the ingredient measure incase if you are doubtful :)). In a non stick pan add the dry fruits, - butter, honey, brown sugar , water - Keep in low flame until sugar and butter dissolves then in high flame let it come to a boil.Then lower the flame and let it boil for a good 20 mins. By then the dry fruits must have softened and cooked.
Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe - Step12.After 20mins, switch off and add 1/8 tsp baking soda the mixture will become frothy and will bubble up. Set aside and let it cool down. Meanwhile in a mixing bowl add curd, vanilla essence, spice mixture then add the dry fruits mixture.
Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe - Step2
3.Then add boiled and mashed potato followed by nuts. Sieve maida, 1/2 tsp baking soda, baking powder twice and make it ready.Make sure the dryfruits mixture and mashed potato is cooled down before you add.
Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe - Step3
4.Add the sieved flour and mix well.The mixture will be thick.Preheat oven at180 deg C.Meanwhile lay butter paper inside the tin(only for the bottom)...Grease the tin with butter and maida. Then spoon the cake batter into the greased tin.Smooth the top with the hep of a spatula.You can decorate it with deskinned almonds on top if you wish to.
Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe - Step4
5.Bake the cake at 180 deg C for 1 hour 15 mins. Mine was done exactly in 1 hour...check if the top has browned and if a tooth inserted in center comes out clean.Check after 1 hour then proceed baking.Immediately transfer and place the cake tin on a wet cloth for easy unmoulding. Allow it to cool for 15 mins, then invert and carefully peel of the butter paper. Then allow it to cool for atleast an hour before slicing.  
Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe - Step5
You can brush the cake with little sugar syrup while serving to avoid drying. Else you can sprinkle icing sugar on top too.
Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe
My Notes:
  • The batter will be thick enough to spoon. If it too dry to mix, add 2-3 tsp of water to form a batter.
  • The cake doesnt rise much so you can fill upto 3/4th of the tin too.Also my cake was done in 1 hr as it was small. The timing purely depends on the size and the oven type too, so keep an eye after 1 hour when
  • I halved the recipe and got a 4 inch round cake.
  • This cake is a bit crumbly because of of the dryfruits and nuts so make sure to slice only when completely cooled. Cooling time of 4-5 hrs is highly recommended.
  • Make sure to chop the nuts and dry fruits as small as possible so that it easily blends with the cake. 
  • The dryfruits and nuts combination is your choice.
  • The potato starch acts as a egg replacer here and you can find its presence at all in the cake.
  • You can even use 2 tsp of orange zest / peels along with the dryfruits.
Eggless Christmas Plum Cake Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. that looks so appealing...loved it :)

  2. Cake looks so yummy... Loving the texture

  3. Yum plum cake with loads of dry fruits and nuts! pass me a slice..

  4. wow... fabulous looking cake...

  5. beautiful cake n pics....
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  6. cake looks yummy and loved the eggless version..

  7. Wow.was lukig for a eggless version n got it from u.thank.wl try n let u know.

  8. The cake looks yum. I will try this.

  9. Looks like a keeper recipe Sharmi... Thanks for sharing.. and the tips too..

  10. Love your recipes and this one is no exception.. One question is - for the potato starch details in your notes, can you find its presence or cannot find its presence?
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  11. Wow adding mashed potato is definitely something new to me...looking gorgeous...

  12. Looks great.. a generous slice with some ice cream or hot chocolate is just something I would like now :)

  13. I too tried from divine taste and posted in my blog..Looks very nice sharmi :)

  14. Wow.. Eggless plum cake, looks so yummy!! Will try for sure !!

  15. its good that u didnt add the rum ! i do not prefer the rum version ! this is lovely !

  16. Looks so festive! Loving it!!

  17. wow wow perfectly done...gr8 festive treat!!!

  18. Wow cake looks great...luvly clicks.

  19. I love this cake, looks tempting and the pics bright, colourful and sharp

  20. Cake looking very festive...use of mashed potatoes is very unique.thnks for sharing...

  21. Plum cake with mashed potato sounds interesting n delicious...perfectly done, ur pics r too good, sharp n it!!

  22. came very good.Thanks for the recipee!

  23. Hi sharmi..
    Thanks for this recipe...I wanted to try this for a very long time, but all those plum cakes i saw in you tube had alcohol in it....I luv the way it looks...tell me onething..What is dermerara sugar? is that brown sugar?

  24. Hi Sharmi,
    I tied this cake over the weekend and trust me, it came as one of the best cake that I have ever made.
    Thanks a ton for such a great assistance.

  25. Hi Sharmi, Can you post Plum cake with egg version for this christmas.

  26. thanks for so yummy recipie...searching for easy cake recipe n got it in my fav blog :)

    can i replace damerara sugar or brown sugar with white sugar?
    can u please try baking cake in pressure cooker for this xmas...:) :)

    1. Yes you can replace it with white sugar
      I have a plan to try that but lets see if time has other plans for me :)

  27. I made this more than once and it comes out really well. Thanks a lot.

  28. Nice recipe. I will try this xmas cake on by mom birthday and give her surprise.

  29. Can you post some eggless,butter less,wheat cake recipes.looking for healthy recipes!!

  30. HI Sharmi

    Will the taste of mashed potato be felt in the cake? Please confirm.

  31. Looks so fabulous. I've been eyeing a good egg-less plum cake recipe to try and urs looks so tempting.
    tell me onething, Can we try this in the pressure cooker?
    and how does the steamed plum cake sound? will this recipe work for both the method.

  32. Hii sharmilee,is the butter salted or unsalted? can u tell me amount of butter in grams? And can I replace butter with oil?

    1. It is unsalted butter, I didnt measure so cudnt give the gm measure.No the taste will differ if you add oil

  33. I tried this recipe during Christmas and it really worked out well for me. Mine Cake was super delicious. Thanks Sharmi


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