I actually made the cake last week and brought it to my office holiday party - it was a big hit (although, I made sure not to label it "fruit cake" so as not to scare anyone off!) so I had the cake and the photos done last week...I just didn't have time to write up my post.
|a lovely spice cake with apples, raisins, and pecans|
The cake itself was very moist, even 3 days later, so I would recommend this cake if you need to bake something in advance. I added the optional rum into the batter itself so it had a nice, little rum background flavor - it was very nice. The cake also make a lot of pieces, so a good cake for a party or a crowd. Next time I would add more spices - definitely nutmeg and probably some ginger as well.
|mise en place - a pretty easy cake to make!|
|butter and sugar get melted down together...|
|... and then cooked for a few minutes|
|while the raisins are being "plumped" up in boiling water|
|the apples and zest are added to the sugar-butter mixture|
...I had to try a bite of this, just to be sure...(delicious!)
|then the eggs are added one-by-one|
|the nuts and raisins are tossed in the flour|
(next time I would add the raisins directly to the wet mixture because
a lot of flour stuck to the wet raisins even after baking and didn't look good)
|not very appetizing-looking batter...|
|but, ahhh, the finished cakes were much nicer!|
|...I'd better just try a bite before the party. Yum!|
Bye for now...