Easy Fruit Cake (Nigerian Christmas Fruit Cake)

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Nigerian Cake is rich and dense and this fruit cake is not far from it. It is a fruity and richer variation of the classic Nigerian Cake and usually a big favorite at Christmas parties.
Here how to prepare it:

Fruit Cake Ingredients :

This recipe makes a well risen Loaf Pan 8.5x2.75x4.5 deep Cake.

- 250 grams (about 2 cups) Plain Flour /All purpose flour
- 250 grams Butter (at room temperature)
- 4  Eggs (at room temperature)
- 170 grams Sugar
- 11⁄4 tablespoonful Baking powder
- 1 tablespoonful flavor (vanilla or butterscotch flavor)
- ½ cup Brandy or Rum
- 1⁄4 cup Browning(see how to make cake browning)
- 1 handful mixed Dry fruits (raisins,sultanas,currants,cherries)
- 1 teaspoon citrus peels(orange, lemon or grapefruit peel)
- ½ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg & Cinnamon (for extra flavor)

Notes:
- Raisins, sultanas and currants are all different varieties of dried grapes, so feel free to make use of a combination of all or any one you can find.

- I didn't use cherries for this cake, but you can if you want to.
- The citrus peels can be of either orange, lemon or grapefruit or a combination of the three.
- I also used oldenburger butter, you can get it at all big supermarkets, like shop rite and Park n Shop, at the fridge section.


butter for baking cakes in Nigeria

Preparation:

A. Soak the fruits and citrus peels in the alcohol for up to 1month or at least 3 days. But if you are in a hurry to make the cake, you can boil it in a pot for 10mins with 2 tablespoonful of sugar and
1⁄4 cup water; strain and place in a bowl, then add the alcohol and leave to cool to room temperature and set aside.
Tip: if you'll rather not use alcohol, simply use the boiled fruits after straining and at room temperature.

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B. Prepare the pan by lightly greasing the insides of the pan with butter and then dusting with flour. This will prevent the cake from sticking to the pan.

C.  Preheat the oven for 15 minutes at 150ºC or the 300ºF mark.

Steps

1. In a wide bowl, sift the flour and baking powder together and set aside.

2. In a separate bowl or cake mixer, cream the butter until it is light and fluffy, then add the sugar and continue creaming until it goes from grainy to fluffy again.

3.  Break the eggs into a bowl and gradually add it to the butter-sugar mix , as you continue to cream.
 
4.  Add the browning, flavor and alcohol soaked fruits.

5. Gradually add the flour+baking powder mixture, one cup at a time and mix until well incorporated.

6.  Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan(half way) and smooth the top with a spatula.
 
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7. Finally bake in the preheated oven (150ºC or 300ºF) for 1 hour or until the cake is springy to touch and has started to shrink out from the sides of the pans. 
 Some oven bake faster, while others are a bit slow, so  be sure to check your cake after 45 minutes of placing it in the oven, to know if it is ready or needs further baking.
  You can also check for ''doneness'' by sticking a skewer into the center of the cake; if it comes out clean, your cake is ready.

6. Cool the cakes in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely. 
Then pour the chocolate ganache on it(see recipe below)
 This yummy fruit cake can be served with any Nigerian drink of choice. 

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Easy Chocolate Ganache recipe

Ingredients:

- 200 grams Chocolate(cut into tiny bits).. you can also use chocolate chips
- 50 Unsalted Butter
- 70 ml Milk (I used 100ml, because I wanted it a bit runny)
tip: if using powdered milk, mix 2 tablespoonful with 70 ml water.
Steps:

1. Place milk and butter into a small pot and set to boil.

2.  The moment the butter melts, put off the heat and pour in the chocolate bit


3. Leave the mixture for about 4 minutes, to soften the chocolate.

4. Then using a whisk, mix gently until the whole chocolate is melted and well incorporated.

5. Leave to cool to room temperature and set aside to use on the cake.

Note: the ganache will thicken as it cools. 

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55 comments:

  1. Anonymous6:21:00 PM

    Helooo deary I must say I really love ur site..u are doing a great job...kip it up..I ll try dis..thanks a mil

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment :)

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  2. Anonymous6:40:00 PM

    Welldone. merry x-mas and happy new year in advance from ur fan kareemat. thanks 4 all d food recipes.

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    1. Hi Kareemat, good to hear from you hun, merry x-mas and happy new year in advance to you too :)

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  3. I have been waiting for this cake recipe, thanks I'll surely make it this christmas

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    1. I'll be expecting your feedback :)

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  4. i will surely try this cake dis xmas

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    1. ok dear, I'll be expecting your feedback :)

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  5. i just discovered your blog,i must say i made your fried rice recipe today and my DH almost bit his tongue. Thanx a million. What do you think of cake mix? Will it make a good cake? I dont have an oven,shey i can use this recipe with sand?

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    1. Hi HoniMumi, thanks for your lovely feedback, I'm so glad you found the recipe helpful.
      As for the cake mix, yes most of them do make great cakes, so feel free to use them as directed in the packet.
      And yes you can bake with sand or hot stone if you don't have an oven.

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  6. Anonymous5:16:00 PM

    Merry xmas to u, how can ds cake be preserve & for how long & can its still bring out its normal taste after preserving

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    1. It can be preserved by wrapping it in a double layer of tight plastic wrap(nylon freezer bags) and then wrapping it again with foil and storing in the freezer.It will last for one month or more in a good freezer.
      You can also wrap it tight and keep at room temperature, this will last for like 3 to 7days.

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  7. Anonymous4:46:00 AM

    When do you add the browning? With the flavor and fruits?

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  8. Anonymous3:20:00 PM

    Hi Nky loves ur blog. But pls what are these fruits in 4 pix above. The name plz

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    1. It's raisins, also known as sultanas. They are the results you get from drying grapes. You can get them at supermarkets or shops that sell cake things.

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  9. Just came accross ur blog, so excited to try out new stuff. pls is d citrus peel d skin of d citrus after peeling cos i was wondering hw it is used seeing that after peeling, it's usually big. thx so much for dis site

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    1. Hi Kesiena, just rub the lemon or orange lightly on a zester/grater and you will see the skin come off.

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  10. Thanks for the wonderful recipes...my question: I got this sunripe dried mixed fruit that says "ready to eat", can I still soak in alcohol for up to 2 weeks?

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  11. Thanks for the wonderful recipes...my question: I got this sunripe dried mixed fruit that says "ready to eat", can I still soak in alcohol for up to 2 weeks?

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  12. Thanks for the wonderful recipes...my question: I got this sunripe dried mixed fruit that says "ready to eat", can I still soak in alcohol for up to 2 weeks?

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    1. yes dear, you have to soak it in the alcohol.

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  13. Ekenenna2:27:00 PM

    Hi Nky Lily Lete!

    I have been trying all your baking recipes and wow...i'm eating the short bread snack i learnt from you right now. very cool.
    now for this, cos i want to try out the cakes, the fruits being soaked in alcohol, what kind of alcohol exactly? is it from alcoholic red or white wines or brandy, rum, whisky or just any kind of alcohol and if i dont use the alcohol, whats going to happen?

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    1. Hi dearie, you can make use of brandy or rum.
      The alcohol adds a lovely flavor to the cake and also increases its shelf life.
      Do let me know if you try it out :)

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  14. Anonymous9:51:00 AM

    Can this fruit cake be decorated

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  15. Hello Nky,i want to know the kind of cup you used to measure the rum.is it a measuring cup?

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    1. Ij, any cup that gives you 75ml will do just fine.

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  16. Good day Nky. Lovely cake. Pls how can I make it without the alcohol? Thanks and God bless

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    1. Hi dear, you can boil the fruits and peels in a pot for 10mins with 2 tablespoonful of sugar and
      1⁄4 cup water; strain and place in a bowl, then leave to cool to room temperature and set aside for use in the cake.

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  17. Please how much will it cost to purchase the ingredient?

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  18. Good day nick. I really love ur all u're doing. Please how much will this fruit cake cost for the ingredients? Thanks

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    1. Hi dearie, It depends on where you live :)

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  19. What is the mixture that is poured over the cake in the photo?

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    1. It's a simple chocolate ganache. I have included it in the recipe above :)

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  20. What is the icing or ingredient poured over the cake shown in the photo

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    1. Aww dear, i forgot to include it, it's a simple chocolate ganache. I will include the recipe now :)

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  21. Anonymous6:25:00 AM

    Please if I don't take alcohol, can I just boil the raisins in sugar and use or I should use directly without boiling? Thanks. Kindly reply asap

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    1. Princess Edoche7:57:00 PM

      Yes you can, I did mine like that and it came out so so delicious.The alcohol gives it an extra boost and makes it last longer.
      And by the way use a nickname next time,so that Nky won't think, you are a spammer, she stated it just below the page.

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    2. Boil in sugar and use like that

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  22. Anonymous6:50:00 AM

    Please Ma, you have not responded to my question, tnx.

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  23. chidinma3:50:00 PM

    where do i get the chocolate in nigeria???

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    1. Hi Chidinma, you can get chocolate from any good supermarket. Any dark or brown chocolate will be fine.

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  24. Apart from the unsalted butter in the recipe can i use toppers margarine?

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    1. Yes you can Franca. It is the closest substitute to butter in Nigeria.

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  25. Nky, this is awesome. I feel like I have just struck gold! I am just about to get back into cooking for my family and this site is priceless. May God bless your efforts. More grease to your elbow!

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    1. Hi Titi, good to have you in the community.
      Do keep me posted when you try the recipes :)

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  26. Toluwalope O12:41:00 PM

    Dear Nky, thank you so much for this recipe.Reminds me of my days in food and nutrition class back in secondary school. I haven't made cake using butter in a long while i have always used flavorless vegetable oil. Will try it out today and see how it goes.

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    1. You're welcome Tolu , good to have you here
      keep me posted on the recipes you try out :)

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  27. Hi Nky, I have soaked the raisins in rum and lemon&orange zest. Do I pour the whole mixture into the cake when mixing or do I sieve it out and add fresh rum and zest.

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    1. Hi Didi, you are to use the whole soaked mixture. No sieving and no need for fresh rum or zest.
      Let me know how it turned out :)

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  28. Hello ma, can I use the normal local cake pan for this cake? Then again I use a stove and rack, so should I reduce the flame very well or same temperature as making other cakes cos I heard fruit cakes takes long to get done. One more, hehehe, should I soak the raisins and orange zest together? Thanks ma

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    1. Hi Sandra, when baking this cake, use a lower temperature, but be close to the stove ,so that you can watch the cake as it develops .
      And yes you can soak the raisins and zest.

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  29. Good day ma,
    If I use chocolate paste to make the ganache,will it harden after a while still?

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    1. I guess you meant chocolate paste or spread like Nutella(right?)
      If that's what you meant, it wont harden, but might be thicker than mine above.

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