Spiced Plum Christmas Cake

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    I make this each Christmas - the aromas just match the time of year. It's an ingenious use of plum baby food, though you can try substituting pureed plums if you like. This plum Christmas cake recipe will make: 4 small loaves; 2 medium loaves; 1 large loaf; or 1 tube cake.

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    Serves: 16 

    • 250ml vegetable oil
    • 3 eggs
    • 225g plum baby food
    • 375g caster sugar
    • 250g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 125g chopped nuts
    • For the glaze
    • 125g icing sugar
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease and flour a tube cake tin.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together vegetable oil, caster sugar, eggs and baby food.
    3. In separate bowl, mix together flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, bicarbonate of soda and nuts. Mix wet and dry ingredients together. Turn into prepared tin.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until it tests done.
    5. Remove from oven to cool 10 minutes in tin. Remove and place on cooling rack.
    6. While cooling, combine icing sugar and lemon juice to form the glaze. Brush over top while cake is still hot.


    This makes a great food gift if you use mini loaf or small tube cake tins.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. can you tell me how long this keeps  -  15 Nov 2008


    I pureed 4 peeled over-ripe plums in the blender instead of using baby food. Added 3 Tablespoons flour and a pinch more baking soda. I didn't use food coloring. I baked them as 2 9x9 square cakes and it tastes just like applesauce spice cake. Very good. Makes an great dessert.  -  21 Aug 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    this is so yum! can't buy plum baby food in oz so i pureed a tin of whole plums without the juice and it makes a little more then is needed so worked out great! just need to add 2 tablespoons more flour and a pinch more baking soda. will definately use for xmas pressies~ !!  -  28 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)