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A perfect Plum Cake by Chef Suresh Khanna for Christmas

A perfect Plum Cake by Chef Suresh Khanna for Christmas to mark the season of love, festivities and family bonding!

In its Christmas campaign, Today’s Traveller invited Chef Suresh Khanna, Fortune Landmark Ahmedabad to share his favourite Christmas Delight.

Plum Cake by Chef Suresh Khanna
Plum Cake by Chef Suresh Khanna, Fortune Landmark Ahmedabad

The traditional Plum Cake is a must at Christmas on account of its rich taste and delicious flavours.

However, it is interesting to know that there is no actual plum in the cake of its name. Rather it is full of currants and raisins, which might have been referred to in olden days, as ‘plums’ and hence its name today – Plum Cake.

Plum Cake


  • 250 gm refined flour
  • 150 gm brown sugar
  • 3 no’s eggs
  • 30 gm almonds
  • 30 gm walnuts
  • 30 gm cashewnuts
  • 30 gm black raisins
  • 50 ml black caramel
  • 30 gm cherry
  • 30 gm tutti frutti
  • 30 gm black current
  • 30 gm prunes
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 150 gm Unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon clove powder
  • 5 drop rum essence
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
Plum Cake by Chef Suresh Khanna
Plum Cake by Chef Suresh Khanna

Method of preparation

Take a large bowl and sieve together the flour and the baking powder. Keep it aside. Now in another bowl mix together the brown sugar and butter till the sugar dissolves completely. Take the help of an electric blender. Now break the eggs and add them one by one. Keep beating the mixture till it is light and frothy and stiff peaks are formed.

Gradually add the flour to this egg-butter and sugar mixture spoon by spoon so that no lumps are formed. Keep stirring so that a homogeneous mixture is formed. Add the milk and the rum essence and mix. Add the cinnamon powder and blend well. Allow the batter to rest for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile chop the nuts and the prunes finely. Mix in the batter. Beat well again. Reserve some nuts that you can put on top of the cake. Now pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes. Prepare a baking tray by lining it with butter paper. Grease it with oil or butter and dust some flour. Add the batter.

Bake at 180 degrees for one hour or at 200 degrees for 45 minutes. The temperature mostly depends on the type of oven you have. Insert a skewer to check if the cake is ready. If it comes out clean, take out the cake and place it on a wire rack to cool.

Carefully take the cake out from the baking tray and slice it.

Serve with tea, coffee or with an assortment of snacks. This cake also goes well with vanilla ice-cream.

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