Christmas Fruit Cake

I love Fruit Cake that is moist, rich and jam-packed with mixed dried fruit and nuts with full of rum flavor. Fruit cake can be made at least 2 weeks in advance (some even said 1 month in advance) and this is my 3rd Fruit Cake that I baked for my friends as Christmas gift and I even bake this for Chinese New Year too. Hope you love this recipe :)) Enjoy!

This is my entry for the Christmas Giveaway hosted by Swee San of The Sweet Spot

Ingredients: Line a 8" square cake tin with two layers of parchment paper, bottom and sides of cake tin
250g Butter
125g Sugar
4 Eggs
200g Plain flour (sifted with baking powder)
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Mixed spice
500g Mixed dried fruit
100g Pitted prune - cut to small pieces
100g Walnut - chop to small pieces
2 tbsp Rum
2 tbsp Rum compound
2 tbsp Orange juice
Orange zest from one orange
1 tsp Vanilla extract

In a large bowl add mixed dried fruit and pitted prune together with 8 tbsp of rum and mix well, cover with cling wrap until next day.
Beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy, slowly add in rum, orange juice, orange zest and vanilla extract, mix well.
Add eggs, one at a time and scrape bowl.
Add 1/4 portion of flour to the mixed dried fruit. Slowly add 3/4 portion of flour and mixed spice to butter mixture, mix well. Stop machine. Pour in mixed dried fruit and chopped walnut, mix well with a rubber spatula then pour into cake tin. Bang tin on table once to settle the content.
Bake at preheated oven at 160C for 1 1/2 hour. **After about 30-40 mins when the cake starts to turn brown, cover cake with foil loosely on top and continue baking.
Pour 3-4 tbsp of rum on to Fruit Cake as soon as it comes from the oven.
Leave cake to cool, turn out from cake tin and wrap with cling wrap and store in the fridge.
Pour 2-3 tbsp of rum on cake every three days until it is ready to serve or giveaway as Christmas gift.

Wishing all my dear Friends and Readers
A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year bright with joy and success.

This will be my last post of this year and I'll see you in 2011.
And don't forget to come back here to check who are the two winners of the Christmas Giveaway on Christmas Eve (closing entry time is tonight 9 pm Singapore time 22nd Dec 2010).

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