This Mixed Fruit Butter Cake another variation of butter cake, it is not the version of fruit cake for Christmas which is usually flavoured with spices, artificial flavourings and alcohol.

CHINESE VERSION: 杂果牛油蛋糕

No Spices No Alcohol Mixed Fruit Cake

 

Mixed Fruit Butter Cake | MyKitchen101en

Ingredients:

  • 250 g (8.8 oz) butter (salted, room temperature)
  • 60 g (5 tbsps.) light soft brown sugar
  • 4 egg yolks (grade A/size: L)
  • 230 g (3/4 cup + 2 3/4 tbsps) plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) milk

Ingredients for meringue:

  • 4 egg whites (grade A/size: L)
  • 90 g (7 tbsps) light soft brown sugar

Ingredients for mixed fruit:

  • 140 g (about 1 cup) black raisin
  • 40 g (10 pcs) red glacé cherries (cut into small pieces)
  • 40 g (10 pcs) green glacé cherries (cut into small pieces)
  • 60 g (1/3 cup chopped) glacé orange peel
  • 50 g (3 1/4 tbsps) plain flour

Directions:

1 Sieve together 230 g of plain flour and baking powder for 2 times.

No Spices No Alcohol Mixed Fruit Cake

2 Add honey to milk, mix well.

No Spices No Alcohol Mixed Fruit Cake

 

3 For mixed fruit: Combine all ingredients for mixed fruit, mix well.

No Spices No Alcohol Mixed Fruit Cake

4 Add a tray of water (about 3 cups) in the oven, then preheat oven to 160°C/320°F.

No Spices No Alcohol Mixed Fruit Cake

5 In a clean mixing bowl, whisk egg whites on low speed until tiny bubbles. (Reminder: Egg whites and equipment used to beat egg whites must be grease-free and water-free, including egg yolk. It is advisable to clean the egg shells and equipment with dishwasher detergent, then dry with a clean cloth. Use a clean small bowl to separate the egg yolk and egg white, if the egg yolk cracks, don’t use that egg white.)

No Spices No Alcohol Mixed Fruit Cake

6 Add in light brown sugar gradually, continue whisking on low speed until stiff peak (the peaks will point straight up and hold).

No Spices No Alcohol Mixed Fruit Cake

7 Combine butter and light brown sugar, then beat over medium speed until light and fluffy.

No Spices No Alcohol Mixed Fruit Cake

8 Add in egg yolks gradually, beat until fully combined before adding another.

No Spices No Alcohol Mixed Fruit Cake

9 Add in flour and honey milk alternatively in 3 batches, mix on low speed until well combined.

No Spices No Alcohol Mixed Fruit Cake

10 Add in mixed fruit, mix on low speed until combined.

No Spices No Alcohol Mixed Fruit Cake

 

11 Add meringue to batter in 3 batches, mix gently using balloon whisk.

No Spices No Alcohol Mixed Fruit Cake

12 Fold gently with spatula until well mixed. Tap mixing bowl on countertop for a few times to burst large bubbles.

No Spices No Alcohol Mixed Fruit Cake

13 Pour the batter into greased and lined 8-inch (20-cm) square baking pan, smooth the surface with spatula, then drop the cake pan on countertop for a few times to burst large bubbles.

No Spices No Alcohol Mixed Fruit Cake

14 Bake in the preheated oven at 160°C/320°F for 1 hour 30 minutes.

No Spices No Alcohol Mixed Fruit Cake

15 Unmould and cool the cake completely on wire rack (at least 6″ from countertop).

No Spices No Alcohol Mixed Fruit Cake

16 Cut into pieces when fully cooled.

No Spices No Alcohol Mixed Fruit Cake