Fruit and Nut Cake

Ingredients:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 300 gr soft butter (unsalted!)
  • 12 heaping tablespoons of white flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (unsweetened, not instant hot chocolate)
  • 200 gr pecan or walnut halves (not rancid! unsalted!) – Might take
    more.
  • 200 gr mixed dried fruits: apricots, pineapple, papaya, kiwi, cranberry,
    figs, raisins, etc. (all unsalted! No trail-mix!) – Might take more.
  • lemon and orange zest (grate the skin from a lemon and an orange)
  • drop of vanilla syrup
  • a little icing sugar
  • PAM or a little butter to grease the cake pan, and sprinkle of flour

Utensils:

  • 1 electric hand mixer
  • 2 mixing bowls: 1 smaller (for egg whites), one larger (for everything
    else)
  • 1 strong wooden or plastic mixing spoon
  • 1 non-stick cake pan (the kind that makes a donut shaped cake)
  • 1 long toothpick or wooden souvlaki stick

Procedure:

  • Separate egg yolks and whites carefully into the 2 different mixing bowls.
  • In the smaller mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff, add ½ cup
    of sugar, using the mixer.
  • In the larger bowl, mix the butter with the yolks and the other ½ cup
    of sugar and a drop of vanilla, using the mixer, until smooth. (This splashes,
    careful).
  • In the larger bowl, add the egg whites (from the smaller bowl) and the
    flour gradually to the yolks and butter mixture, using the mixer on slow.
  • Add the fruits and nuts, mix well with the wooden spoon (or with the mixer
    on slow). It should be very chunky.
  • Pour half of the mixture into the greased and floured cake pan.
  • Add cocoa powder to the remaining half of the mixture, and mix well with
    the mixer.
  • Pour this chocolatey layer into the cake pan, over the first layer.

Baking:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C).
  • Bake for about 35-45 min until raised, cracked and not sticky when tested
    with a long toothpick.
  • Take out of the oven with oven mitts and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Overturn on platter and turn over again.
  • Sprinkle a bit of icing sugar (just for decoration).
Fruit and nut cake on a Christmas platter

Fruit and nut cake – pretty on a Christmas platter!

Fruit and nut cake

Fruit and nut cake – perfect for the office Christmas luncheon!