I thought of this recipe while searching for a suitable entry for JFI for Strawberries. I had baked this cake a few days back also, with different kinds of fruit. But this time, I used only Strawberries. The original version does not include any dry fruits, but I used cashews to give the crunchy taste to the cake.
I am a big fan of moist cakes. Since this is soaked with juice, it gets the amazing taste and the fruits make the crunchy. I should say this is the most delicious ‘moist cake’ I have ever baked :). Try it once and you will fall in love with it.
All purpose flour or Maida 1 and 1/2 cup
Baking powder 1 and 1/2 tea spn
Sugar 3/4 cup
Oil 3/4 cup
Vanilla essence(or extract) 2 tea spns
Orange juice 3/4 cup
Fresh cream(chilled) 1 cup
Sugar 4 tbl spns
Fresh fruits(Strawberries, grapes, kiwi, oranges etc) 1 cup
Dry fruits (Walnuts, cashew nuts) 2 tbl spns
Seive flour and baking powder and keep aside.
Beat sugar and eggs till the volume is nearly 4 times. Add 1 tea spn essence/extract and mix. Add oil gradually, beating the mixture all the time.
Add the flour, one table spoon at a time, beating very slowly.
Pour the mixture in an oven proof baking dish.
Bake it in preheated oven at 350F for 35-40min (or till a knife/skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean).
Cut the fruits into very small pieces.
Cool the cake for 5-10mins. Remove it from the baking dish. Cut the cake into two halves and soak both the pieces with orange juice.
Beat the cream with sugar and 1 tea spn of vanilla essence till soft peaks are formed. Chill.
Keep the bottom piece on a serving plate, spread the cream over it. Spread the fruits over the cream.
Spread the cream on the second piece and invert it carefully on the fruits on the first piece. Press well.
Now, decorate the cake with remaining cream and fruits.
Chill the cake and serve.
Makes 8 slices
Preparation time : 1 Hr
Updated on Aug 20-2007:
Another way of decorating this cake can be seen here.