Rich Plum Cake

Ingredients 1½ cup plain flour ½ cup butter at room temperature ¼ cup cashew chopped ¼ cup almonds chopped ¼ cup raisins ½ cup cherries (glazed) chopped 2 tablespoon orange peel finely chopped ½ cup sugar for caramel ⅔ cup sugar for cake batter 2 eggs at room temperature

Ingredients contd. ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder ½ teaspoon nutmeg powder ½ teaspoon ginger powder ½ teaspoon clove powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking powder A small pinch salt Icing sugar for dusting on the cake

Chopped nuts, dry fruits, and spice mix

Melt the sugar in a saucepan. Add water to the caramel

Heat the caramel again to melt hardened sugar crystals

In a large bowl, beat butter and ⅔ cup sugar using a whisk or electric beater until it is light

Add eggs and flour in batches. Beat well until fully incorporated

Pour caramel into the batter. Mix gently to incorporate the caramel

Add dried fruits and nuts and fold gently

Pour the batter into the cake tin and bake at 180 C (360 F) for 35-40 minutes. Keep an eye after the 30-minute mark

Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then place the cake on a cooling rack to cool completely