The festive season of Christmas is around, people have decorated their houses with lovely light decorations, shops and malls have started to play Christmas songs, all the food blog afficianados have started hosting festive events, and everyone over here is preparing cakes, cookies, puddings, pastries and pies. Also, mood is more than cheerful in town as Steelers are performing so well this season.
I thought that making a cake and posting a recipe for it would be very fitting on such an occasion. The cake I present over here is ideal for gift-giving, too.
Hope you will enjoy this...
3 cups whole-wheat bread flour1 tbsp baking powder1 1/2 tsp baking soda1/8 tsp salt1/2 cup each of dates, crystallized ginger, dried apricots, dried pineapples, pecans, almonds, walnuts, pistachios (chopped)3/4 cup raisins3/4 cup cranberries10-12 maraschino cherries1/2 tsp each ground cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg1 tsp lemon zest1 tsp orange zest1 1/2 cups applesauce2/3 cup oil1 cup molasses ( use 3/4 cup if you the dried fruits are sweetened)1/8 cup vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 300F. Grease and flour a bundt pan or two 9-inch round pans.
- Mix flour, baking powder, soda, salt and spices in a large mixing bowl until well combined. Add all the fruits and nuts to the flour mixture and toss until well coated.
- Blend together the applesauce, oil, molasses and vinegar. Working quickly, mix the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring only until mixed thoroughly. Pour the batter into the pan and place in the oven.
- Bake for about 1 hour for round pans or 1 1/2 hours for bundt pan. Let it cool completely.
- Garnish with cherries, pecans if desired. It slices more easily if made a day or two in advance.
I would like to send this cake over to Purva's Christmas Feast Event, Happy Cook's Homemade Christmas Gift Event, Tasty Treat's Santa's Holiday Challange and Vandana's Baking for Beginners Event.