A simple fruit cake with a hint of coffee that surprisingly leaves delicate notes of flavour and not much of its aroma. Perfect to be served to those who do not like alcohol in their cakes
1. I generally like to use all kinds of dried fruit except dates and figs for my xmas cakes. In my personal opinion dates are too sweet and figs have a seeds, the crunch of which I don't prefer. But it is totally your call on what you like to use. I always try to use prunes, dried cranberries, candied ginger, glazed cherries, sultanas or golden raisins, black currants (black raisins), dried mango, dried papaya, dried pineapple, dried strawberries and dried apricot - all depending on availability.
2. While chopping dry fruits to make your work easier use a chef's knife with a wooden handle and hold the tip of the knife and go in a chop-chop-chop motion. Try to chop fruits that are similar in size first. Keep prunes and squishy fruit for last or else it will make your working surface and the blade of the knife all sticky and messy.
3. I used about 1 tablespoon of instant coffee granules (Bru or Nescafe) in 200 ml of water of boiling water and simmered it for about 1 minute.
4. You can make your own self raising flour by mixing plain flour, baking powder and salt. For this recipe I made my own self raising flour by adding 4 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the bowl on the weighing scale and then adding plain flour (maida) to the same bowl to measure out a total of 280 grams.
5. When I first made this cake I found that it was a little crumbly and dry so for the next two batches I added milk to the batter that resulted in beautifully moist cakes. If you desire you can add upto 1/2 cup of milk or even single cream if you prefer.
6. Mixed spice is a blend of spices such as cinnamon, dried ginger, nutmeg, cloves, all spice, coriander. I used this recipe to make the mixed spice: 1 teaspoon each of all spice powder (see note#7) 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon coriander seed powder 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger powder 1/4 teaspoon mace powder (also called as javitri - it is the outer covering of the nutmeg) 1/4 teaspoon clove powder
7. All-spice is a type of spice that looks like peppercorns and smells like a mix of all spices put together which is why it is called as all-spice. It is a very expensive spice that is hard to find in supermarkets in Dubai. I found my all spice for about 30 AED. It is perhaps easier to find in India as it is grown on the coastal belt in South India.
Recipe adapted from: Coffee, 100 Everyday Recipes