How to make Fruit And Nut Cake -

Mixed dried fruits and nuts give this cake that extra zing

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Cakes and Bakes.

Main Ingredients : Mixed Peel, Glazed Cherries (ग्लेज़्ड चेरी)

Cuisine : American

Course : Desserts

Fruit And Nut Cake

Fruit And Nut Cake Recipe Card


The cuisine of The United States is a rich amalgamation of peoples, religions and cultures thanks to the immigrants from different parts of the world.  They brought with them their local ingredients as well as cooking styles with them.  Yet amidst all these varieties Chinese and Italian cuisines dominate.  
During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Americans developed a number of new foods.  What characterised the American cuisine is the adaptation of a fusion of multiple ethnic cooking styles. During this period food production and presentation became more industrialised.

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 51-60 minutes

Serve :

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Fruit And Nut Cake Recipe

  • Mixed Peel chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Glazed Cherries chopped 1/4 cup

  • Walnut kernels chopped 1/2 cup

  • Butter 215 grams

  • Fresh bread crumbs (white) 1 tablespoon

  • Castor sugar (caster sugar) 1 cup

  • Eggs separated 3

  • Refined flour (maida) 2 cups

  • Baking powder 2 teaspoons

  • Mixed spices ground 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Milk 2 tablespoons

  • Icing sugar for dusting


Step 1

Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4. Grease an eight-inch cake tin with a little butter.

Step 2

Coat the tin with fresh white breadcrumbs, shaking to remove any excess crumbs. Place the remaining butter, sugar and one fourth cup of water in a pan.

Step 3

Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until melted. Boil for three minutes or until syrupy, then allow to cool. Whisk the egg whites until stiff.

Step 4

Sift flour with baking powder and ground mixed spice. Add mixed peel, cherries and walnut kernels to the flour mixture and stir well.

Step 5

Add egg yolks and mix. Pour the cooled syrup into the bowl and whisk till cloudy. Gradually fold in the egg whites, using a rubber spatula, until the mixture is evenly blended.

Step 6

Add milk and mix. Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake in the preheated oven for fifty to sixty minutes, or until the cake springs back when pressed.

Step 7

Turn out and cool on a wire rack. Dust the cake thickly with icing sugar, slice and serve.

Step 8

Chef's Tip

Step 9

Makes one (900 grams) 8-inch round cake. To dust the cake with icing sugar, hold a sieve with icing sugar over the cake and lightly tap till desired thickness of topping is reached.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.