Sugar Plum Cakes

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These little cakes are a two-day project, but such a pleasant one, preparing fruit one day, the batter and baking the next.

  • Portion size 625 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2005

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 cups butter softened
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 12 eggs
Fruit & Nuts:
  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup strawberry jam
  • 3/4 cups brandy
  • 1 jar (375 ml) maraschino cherry
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 2 1/2 cups candied citron
  • 2 cups seeded raisins (Lexia or muscat)
  • 2 cups seedless raisins
  • 2 cups currants
  • 1 1/2 cup blanched almond

Method

Line bottoms and sides of ten 5- x 3-inch (625 mL) or five 8- x 4-inch (1.5 L) loaf pans (or combination) with parchment paper.

Fruit and Nuts: In heavy saucepan, stir pineapple and its juice with sugar; bring to boil. Boil gently, stirring often, until thickened and reduced to 2 cups (500 mL), about 25 minutes. Scrape into heatproof bowl; stir in jam and 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the brandy.

Reserving juice, drain cherries. Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the juice to pineapple mixture; let cool, Cover and let stand for 12 hours.

Meanwhile, in large bowl, toss together cherries, dates, citron, seeded and seedless raisins, currants and almonds. Add remaining brandy and cherry liquid; toss well. Cover and let stand for 12 hours. (Make-ahead: Let pineapple mixture and date mixture stand for up to 24 hours, tossing occasionally.)

In large bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, cloves and allspice; scoop 1 cup (250 mL) over date mixture and toss well to coat. Set aside.

In separate large bowl, beat butter with sugar until pale and fluffy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time (batter will curdle). Stir in flour mixture alternately with pineapple mixture, making 3 additions of flour mixture and 2 of pineapple. Scrape date mixture over top and fold in. Scoop into prepared pans. Level tops.

Bake in centre of 275°F (140°C) oven until skewer inserted in centre comes out clean, about 1-1/2 hours for 5- x 3-inch (625 mL) pans and 2 hours for 8- x 4-inch (1.5 L) pans. Let cool on rack. (Make-ahead: See Aging.)

Refrigerate cakes; slice thinly or decorate (see Decorating).

Nutritional facts <b>Per slice (10) of large cake without icing:</b> about

  • Sodium 231 mg
  • Protein 4 g
  • Calories 348.0
  • Total fat 11 g
  • Cholesterol 68 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 61 g

%RDI

  • Iron 11.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 10.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 4.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 9.0
  • Vitamin C 13.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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