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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Perfect "Steamed Baked" Fruit Cake

I'm back ...after missing in action for so long.  I have been unwell right after the Chinese New Year.  I know my recuperating period has been quite long.  The medicine that I took has made me lost all appetite and I have been eating very little lately too.  And all these have also make me feel lazy to bake or cook to update to my blog.  I am sure you will agree with me sometimes you just don't have the mood to do anything else.

Today, I am posting my favourite fruit cake again.  Other than kumquat, mixed dried fruit is one of my favourite cake.  If you have come to know my blog here, I have done few steamed fruit cake before; my 1st time done is Steamed Fruit cake  (steamed for 2 hrs 45 minutes), my 2nd recipe also is Steamed Fruit Cake (steamed for 4 hours).  And just last Christmas, I have also made a Christmas Pudding which called to steam for 4 hours 30 minutes. 

With the long hours of steaming the cake, the cake will stay moist in texture and believe me, the cake is absolutely sooooooo delicious.  I know some of you will freak out when I said the steaming took at least 3-4 hours.     

But now, there's a solution, instead of steaming you can use the method of "steam bake" the cake to cut down the cooking time..  Isn't it great?  Well, this idea, I really have to thank my dear friend Hui of Butterfly-Waltz whom has advised me and after she has successfully done hers by steamed baked this Perfect Steamed Baked Fruit Cake.

“Steamed Baked” Mixed Fruit Cake 

200g butter
150g caster sugar
3 eggs
150g plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

350g mixed dried fruit
1/3 cup rum or brandy (you can add in more if you like OR you can use orange juice too!)
150g plain flour, sifted

150g caster sugar
50g water


Macerate the mixed dried fruit in the 1/3 cup rum for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Add in the 150g sifted plain flour into the mixture of dried fruit together.  Combined well and set aside.

Beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy.  Add in eggs, one at a time until well combined.  Add in vanilla essence.
Put in sifted flour, bicarbonate soda and cream of tartar.  
Add in the fruit mixture.  Mix all well together and set aside.

Meanwhile, place the 150g caster sugar into a saucepan and pour in the 50g water at the side of the  saucepan.  Cook till the sugar turn caramel.
Mix a well centre in the dough batter and pour in the caramel in the well and quickly mix all well combine.

Prepare water bath and place in preheated oven of 150Celcius. 
Tip: use a medium/big square baking tray, filled with water and place in lower oven shelf. Heat water in the oven  (There's NO NEED to place cake tin "into" the water bath)

Grease and lined with greased proof paper to two small loaf pan pour the cake mixture in. 
Place cake tin on the second lowest shelf (or whichever shelf one usually use for baking) and bake at 150C for 1 hour or the skewer insert in comes out clean.

** I’m using two small loaf pans instead of 8” square pan as this will cut short the steam baking time. 

** You can wrap the cake pans with aluminium foil to slow steam bake to avoid burning on top.  
Feel free to do which step you feel appropriate.  


  1. Hi Mel! Glad to see you posting again and to hear that you have recovered from your illness. Your fruit cake reminds me of Big Sister brand fruit cake that my mum used to buy for us when we are young. Love them, yours look very good too, i must give it a try one day!

  2. Trust you have rested well :D.
    Looks good 'thumbs up' :)

  3. Hi Mel, so good to see you again but sorry to hear that you've been unwell. Hope you've fully recovered by now. Your fruit cake looks so beautiful and moist. Take care and looking forward to see more of your yummy food.

  4. gosh, didn't realise you were under the weather... i nearly wanted to ga jiao you and find out where you disappear to.... this cake is nice for you to put back some weight ah.... come we exchange.... my so chinese soon kueh and your ang moh fruit cake...

  5. Hi Mel, I love the idea of steam baking fruit cakes, would be so moist! Eat more so you can gain back your weight and strength:D Good to see you back.

  6. Your fruit cake looks beautuful, mel! So glad to know you are better now since you managed to update your blog ^^ I miss your posts.. welcome back! ^^ Looking forward to more tempting food and bakes from you!

  7. Thanks for sharing nice … To visiting news places and taste the different variety food makes unique

  8. Hi Mel, welcome back and hope you appetite will fully recover very soon.
    I still remember your christmas pudding was very beautiful and now this fruit cake with steam bake method sound wonderful too. :)

  9. Glad that you're up and about. This cake looks good and perfect with a cup of hot tea. Nice pictures!

  10. I'm so sorry to hear that you were not well after the holidays, but glad to see you back! This fruit cake looks so good. I almost forgot how much I like fruit cake until I saw this post. SO pretty, too!

  11. Your steamed fruit cake sounds really delicious!