Christmas Fruit Cake

Since beginning of this month, I've already had the intention to bake Christmas Fruit Cake. I surfed the web, reviewed lots and lots Fruit Cake recipes, and they all looked almost the same to me! How to decide? So I asked around. My baking buddy, Doris, gave me a site for the fruit cake. She has been baking fruit cakes for years and gave me her advice. Then there was a collegue who has been baking fruit cakes for quite a while too. She has been using Yochana's recipe and it's proven for her that her family finishes them up before the cake can keep another day.

I don't used to like fruit cakes. I find them to be too sweet for my likings. Perhaps, as I aged (have I really?), my taste seemed to have changed. Those stuff that I previously don't like, I tend to take them now. For example, mooncakes, yellow ghee noodles, and now fruit cakes. Doris told me to soak the fruits for as long as I can. I heeded her advice, soaked for two weeks. I soaked about three batches.

Since my colleague recommended Yochana's recipe, I tried it. It was really the dense kind. I was hoping for a lighter fruit cake though. It might not be the truly traditional kind.

Finally, for my second attempt, I decided on Wen's light christmas cake. I would truly prefer a lighter cake. The method used in her recipe was very similar to making kueh lapis. I thought that might be good. And as if the quantity for a 9" is not enough, I made one and half times the recipe. Imagine the strength I need to use to fold in the fruits, flour and the meringue! I still find it rather sweet though. However, I really like this cake. I made two 7" square loaves, and sliced them into smaller portion as a gift for my family and colleagues. I hope they like it as much as I do.


Doris said...
December 23, 2009 at 9:49 PM

Hi Jane,

Your fruitcake looks good and appetizing.. yummy.. kan-ma-teh

Passionate About Baking said...
December 23, 2009 at 10:11 PM

Thanks Doris for all your advice and suggestions! :) Your fruit cake is equally good too!

Kitchen Corner said...
December 24, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Hi Jane,
Nice fruit cakes! I really hope can try it. I didn't bake fruit cake this year, may be will try out your recipe next Christmas! Wishing you have a wonderful time with your family and friends! God bless you!

Passionate About Baking said...
December 24, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Thanks Grace! You don't have to wait till next year X'mas to bake fruit cake. You can bake it anytime when you are ready! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too! Take care!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...
December 24, 2009 at 9:17 PM

I know what you mean about liking things you never liked in the past. It's the same with me! But I still don't like fruitcakes! ;) It's funny. I like all the individual ingredients that go into the fruitcake, but I don't like all of them together in a cake. Having said that, I think you made a wonderful version! And that wrapping is just precious. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!

Passionate About Baking said...
December 24, 2009 at 9:21 PM

Hi Ju,
Thanks for dropping by. Actually I'm completely opposite from you. I don't like the individual ingredients in a fruit cake, but when combined together, I seemed to like it! Hahaha... Thanks for your compliments!

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