For this recipe we will need 1/4 cup of orange juice. You can either use fresh orange juice or use the one from a can. Add 1 tbsp of chopped almonds to it.
Now add 1 tbsp of cashew nuts to it
Add 1 tbsp of raisins to the mixture
You can add other berries and nuts available to you. We have added some orange and plain tutti frutti to the mixture. Keep the mixture in refrigerator for 1-2 hrs for cooling
Time to prepare the sugar cyrup. Take a pan.
Add 3/4 cup of sugar to it and switch on the flame. Keep the flame high so that the sugar melts fast
Keep stirring the sugar continuously or else it will burn
Within 2-3 minutes, the sugar will start melting. Add this point turn the gas flame to medium
After the sugar melts completely switch off the flame
Add 3/4 cup water to the sugar syrup.
Be careful while adding water to the sugar syrup as the sugar syrup is hot and mixture might splutter wile adding water. Add water in small portions
After adding water to the sugar syrup we will switch on the flame again on medium flame
Cook the mixture till everything is mixed together well
Keep the mixture aside and let it cool down completely. It will take about an hour for the syrup for cool down.
We can use a pressure cooker for baking our cake. We have use a vessel for it.
Place a stand in between the vessel.
Cover the vessel with a lid and preheat it on low flame for 15 minutes.
Till the time the vessel is getting preheated, we will prepare the batter and get our baking tin ready. We have used a 6 inch cake tin for this purpose
Greece the cake tin well with butter or oil
Place butter paper inside the cake tin so that we can remove the cake easilty after it is baked completely. Greece the butter paper with oil as well
Now we will prepare the batter for our plum cake. Take 1/4 cup milk in a bowl
Add 1/4 cup oil to it. Do not use any special type of oil like peanut oil or olive oil
Mix everything together well
Add the caramel syrup that we prepared earlier to the mixture and give it a good mix
Mix everything together to form a fine runny paste
Add 1 cup flour to the mixture using a strainer. We are using a strainer so that there are no lumps formed
Mix the mixture well using a spatula.
Now add the orange juice syrup with nuts to the mixture
Add 1/4 tsp of salt to it
Add 1/4 tsp of cardamon powder and 1/4 tsp of cinnamon powder to the mixture. Add a pinch of nutmeg powder to the mixture as well. This is completely optional
Mix everything together. As you can see consistency of the mixture is perfect. If you think the batter is thick, you can a bit of milk to it.
Now add 1 tsp baking powder to the mixture using a strainer
Add 1/4 tsp of baking soda to the mixture
Mix everything together well.
Add the batter to the cake tin immediately
Start baking the plum cake on low flame
We will open the cake while it has been half baked and garnish with nuts and berries of our choice.
Once again cover the cake with the lid and now we will only open it after the cake has been baked completely
After 40 minutes, the cake is ready
We can check if the cake has been baked properly by poking a tooth pick inside and if the tooth pick comes out clean, the cake has been baked perfectly
The cake will not stick to the sides but just to make sure, use a knife to remove the cake from the tin.
Remove the cake in a plate and remove the butter paper.
Your cake is ready. Enjoy!!