115gms Plain flour
115 gms powdered sugar or demarera sugar
115 gms margarine or white butter
20 gms each of : raisins, cashew nuts, tutti fruity, glaze cherries, dates,
2 plums chopped
1/4 tsp Mix fruit essence
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp marmalade (optional)
1/2 tsp mixed spices (Cinnamon, Cardamon, Nutmeg)
Prepare the fruits:. remove seeds from dates. Chop all the fruits into small pieces
Beat Butter and sugar till light and fluffy (like we did for cookie)
Beart the eggs separately till n fluffy and stand in soft peaks. add this to above. without mixing add flour and and fruits along with 1/4 cup milk ( if soaked in alcohol: use the alcohol) now mic using the cut and fold method till the flour is well incorporated .
the mixture should be of dropping consistency --- not flowing consistency ( add more milk if required)
Put in a lined tin and bake at 150 C for 40 to 45 minutes or till done.
Note this is a heavy cake. if you want it little lighter add 1/4 tsp baking powder more
Traditionally the fruits are soaked in alcohol for 15 days but you can go ahead and make an instant plum cake by microwaving the fruits with little alcohol mixed in water.