Vanilla Fruit Butter Cake for Christmas

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Here is another version of English Butter Cake, the Vanilla Fruit Butter Cake. Its soft and moist texture abundant with fruits inside will make you fall in love with each slice! Another perfect dessert for Christmas celebration!

vanilla fruit cake
Vanilla Fruit Butter Cake for Christmas

The perfect cake for Christmas holiday season delight is Fruit Butter Cake. This recipe is non-alcohol version. If you want the traditional recipe with dried fruits soaked in Brandy or Rhum, you can check this recipe.

Vanilla fruit butter cake is always prepared for Christmas, so since the holiday is coming up, let’s dive into it!

Vanilla Fruit Butter Cake Recipe

  • 150 gr unsalted butter
  • 90 gr granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 100 gr flour
  • 25 gr milk powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

The Fruits

  • 30 gr dried cranberry
  • 30 gr raisin
  • 30 gr sun-dried papaya
  • 40 gr cherries
  • 30 gr nuts
  • 25 gr flour

Instructions

Fruits

  1. Put the dried fruits in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle some flour on the dried fruits. Mix well until all the fruits are well-coated.

The Cake

  1. Prepare the baking pan. Grease and line with parchment paper at the bottom and the sides.
  2. Beat butter, sugar, and salt with low speed, gradually increasing to high speed. Mix until the sugar is dissolved and the butter pale, light, and fluffy.
mix butter until pale and light
Mix butter until pale and light
  1. Add eggs one at a time while mixing with low speed.
  2. Mix until incorporated.
  3. Sieve in the flour, milk powder, and vanilla extract.
  4. Use a spatula to mix it first and then use the mixer with low speed. Mix until well blended.
  5. Put in the dried fruits and nuts. Mix using a spatula.
dried fruits into the batter
Dried fruits into the batter
  1. Pour the batter into the baking pan.
  2. Decorate the top with dried fruits and nuts.
decorate with fruits and nuts
Decorate with fruits and nuts
  1. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes until the top is golden brown and when a skewer is inserted, it comes out clean.

cool on the cooling rack
Cool down
  1. Take out the pan and take out the cake gently on to the cooling rack. While still warm, brush some honey on top of the cake to make it shiny.
Brush with honey
Brush with honey
  1. Slice the cake and enjoy!

Storage and Serving

Keep this cake in a closed container. Before that, you might want to wrap it with cling wrap to preserve the moistness.

Serve this cake warm or in room temperature with a glass of eggnog, a dollop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or strawberry jam.

slice the cake
Slice the cake

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Can I use alcohol to soak the fruit?

A: Yes, you can. Soak the fruit with whisky or any alcohol drink overnight. The next day, drain the fruits and sprinkle with flour before mixing into the batter.

Q: Can I prepare this cake in advance?

A: Absolutely. This cake is usually meant for Christmas. You can prepare this cake a few days ahead, wrap it in cling wrap and keep it in a closed container. On the day of serving, just warm it up in the oven for a 10 minutes.

Q: Can I skip the honey brushing the top of the cake?

A: Yes, if you prefer to have a less sweet version of the cake, you may do so. Brushing honey on the surface of the cake is meant to give some shiny coat. You may skip this step as the cake is already sweet enough.

If you would like to bake the traditional English Fruit Cake with spices inside, you can check out the recipe here!

vanilla fruit cake

VANILLA FRUIT BUTTER CAKE

Yield: 1 pan
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Discover the traditional fruit cake in vanilla flavor! Attractive look and buttery flavor for Christmas dessert.

Ingredients

  • 150 gr unsalted butter
  • 90 gr granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 100 gr flour
  • 25 gr milk powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Fruits

  • 30 gr dried cranberry
  • 30 gr raisin
  • 30 gr sun-dried papaya
  • 40 gr cherries
  • 30 gr nuts
  • 25 gr flour

Instructions

Fruits

  1. Put the dried fruits in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle some flour on the dried fruits. Mix well until all the fruits are well-coated.

The Cake

  1. Prepare the baking pan. Grease and line with parchment paper at the bottom and the sides.
  2. Beat butter, sugar, and salt with low speed, gradually increasing to high speed. Mix until the sugar is dissolved and the butter pale and light.
  3. Add eggs one at a time while mixing with low speed.
  4. Mix until incorporated.
  5. Sieve in the flour, milk powder, and vanilla extract.
  6. Use a spatula to mix it first and then use the mixer with low speed. Mix until well blended.
  7. Put in the dried fruits and nuts. Mix using a spatula.
  8. Pour the batter into the baking pan.
  9. Decorate the top with dried fruits and nuts.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes until the top is golden brown and when a skewer is inserted, it comes out clean.
  11. Take out the pan and take out the cake gently on to the cooling rack. While still warm, brush some honey on top of the cake to make it shiny.
  12. Slice the cake and enjoy!

Notes

If you prefer soaking the dried fruits with brandy, you may do so for 2 hours or overnight.

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