A Christmas Cake…In the Microwave?!
Would you believe that we are less than 6 weeks away from Christmas? I know the decorations have been up in the malls since the end of September but I can’t help but feel that it has snuck up on me again. So, there is only one thing to do this weekend and that is to make some Christmas cake. Why 6 weeks before you ask? Well because I believe that Christmas cake must be boozy and this leaves just enough time (and I’m cutting it a little fine here) to have a brandy soaked tea time treat by December 25th.
I can’t remember where I found this recipe but I do remember that I found it because my oven was out of action for about 3 months (over the kids birthdays I might add – I know, I don’t know how I coped) and it was absolutely necessary to find a solution to the problem.
Fruity Christmas Cake made in the Microwave
250g fruit cake mix (mixture of assorted raisins, nuts, mixed peel and cherries)
100g light brown sugar
3ml bicarbonate of soda
50g glazed cherries
2 large eggs
140g cake flour
10ml cocoa powder
2ml baking powder
3ml ground cinammon
3ml all spice
3ml ground ginger
300g chopped glazed fruit
60g pecan nuts
Place fruit cake mix, butter, sugar and water in a large bowl.
Cover with cling film.
Make a small hole in the plastic to allow steam to escape.
Microwave on full power for 5 minutes stopping to stir twice.
Add bicarb, cherries and dates.
Set aside to cool.
Stir in eggs then 65ml of brandy and fold in remaining dry ingredients, fruit and nuts.
Stir until well combined.
Pour into greased 20cm microwave ring tin and cover with a layer of wax wrap. I used my favourite silicone flower mould (which did not require greasing).
Microwave on medium power (60%) for 10-12 minutes until firm. If cake is not done, microwave for an extra minute at a time until done. Cake is quite moist so be careful not to overcook.
Leave in cake tin until cool then drizzle with remainder of the brandy.
Seal in foil until ready to serve drizzling with a tablespoon of brandy (or more) every few days.
Makes 1 x 20cm ring cake.