Makes a kg of a cake.
1 cup maida
½ cup whole wheat flour
1 cup demerara sugar
2/3 cup oil
2/3 cup soy milk
¾ tsp.baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp.vanilla powder
For soaking in the ‘beer’:
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup chopped cashews
1/5 cup chopped fresh orange peels
6 chopped apricots
1/3 cup chopped dried figs
1/5 cup tutti fruity
6 glazed sliced cherries.
1 cup non-alcoholic beer / orange juice / mix of both
For the spice mix
1 inch cinnamon
2 pinches all spice powder
1 pinch of grated nutmeg
1.Place all the chopped dry fruits and orange peel in a bowl.Pour in the ‘beer’/ orange juice.Keep it covered in the fridge for 12- 24 hours .
# Do ensure that all the bits do get properly soaked .If need be, turn the mix once upside down during the long duration of it being kept in the fridge .
2.Grind all the spices
3.Prepare a loaf pan or 9 inch round cake pan by lining it with a paper , brushing the inner surface with oil and finally dusting with flour .
4.Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
5.Sieve the flours ,baking powder and the powdered spice mix.
6.Add oil and demerara sugar .Mix well .
7.Add the soaked dry fruits, orange peels and tutti fruity .Stir and mix uniformly .
8.In a separate bowl add soy milk and apple cider vinegar.Gently stir .
9.Add baking soda and stir .Add this frothing mixture to the cake batter.
10.Transfer the batter to the cake tin .Shake the tin lightly so that the batter is spread all around evenly , taking special care of corners .
11.Dust the glazed cherries with flour and drop them randomly on the cake batter’s upper surface in the tin.
12 .Bake in the preheated oven at 180 degrees C for upto 2 hours . After an hour or so, open the oven for a while .Remain careful of the hot surfaces .Ideally wear gloves while doing this –with the tin remaining inside the oven quickly cover the tin with an A-4 paper sheet .This is to ensure the cake’s top doesn’t get overburnt , a condition which may arise due to the much longer than usual time duration of remaining in the oven .
13.Check with a fork or a knife inserted inside .If it comes out clean and dry , the cake is done .
14 .The cake stays good for easily upto two weeks and its often observed its taste matures and deepens over time .The only challenge – how to prevent oneself from gobbling all up in one go !?!