Microwave Christmas Cake
Not long after we were married, Wayne's Aunty and I went to a microwave cooking demonstration. It was mind-blowing to me. I'd always thought the microwave was for reheating; I'd never tried to cook in it.
One of the best things I learned at that demonstration was this recipe for a fruit cake - cooked entirely in the microwave oven, and in a quarter of the time it takes in a conventional oven!
1kg mixed fruit
1cup brown sugar
2tbsp liquid (orange juice, brandy or water)
1 cup SR flour
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp Parisienne Essence - see note
Place the fruit, butter, brown sugar and orange juice in a microwave safe container and cook on high for five minutes. Let go completely cold. When cold, add the flour, mixed spice and Parisienne essence. Beat the eggs and add to the mixture. Stir well. Cook in a 20cm microwave safe round cake pan. Line base of pan with baking paper. Wrap outside with foil, extending 2cm above top of pan. Secure with a rubber band. Cook 25 minutes on medium. Let cool in pan.
Note: As this cake is cooked in the microwave, it doesn’t brown like a traditional fruit cake. The Parisienne Essence darkens the cake, giving it a more traditional look.If you don't have it, leave it out - just remember your cake won't darken like a traditional fruit cake.
5/3/2020 05:52:58 pm
I can’t believe you’re up in foil around it.. The microwave is getting to the ingredients of the container. Surely they would stop at cooking. Usually it does. I find this quite unusual.
9/3/2020 10:26:33 am
I’m surprised you’re putting foil around it In the microwave.
9/3/2020 12:34:46 pm
No, I meant what I wrote. That was how I was taught to cook this cake 31 years ago, and it's how I've done it a dozen times a year since.
14/3/2020 12:53:34 am
Does the foil spark and make a noise as the microwaves cook the cake? Also, the rubber band - does it melt, in the microwave?
14/3/2020 06:26:18 pm
No. As long as the area of the foil is less than 25% of the area of the dish it will be OK The foil is used to protect the fruit cake from over-cooking because of the speed of microwave cooking. The rubber band won't melt, but it won't be able to be reused.
22/3/2020 09:46:42 am
Is it very sweet? I’m just wondering, because the dried fruit would be sweet already and on top of that, there’s a cup of sugar. (Just wondering if I should cut it back a bit.) Do any of your visitors say, “wow, that’s sweet”?
22/3/2020 11:36:04 am
No, It's a fruit cake, it's not overly sweet. By all means if you want to play with the recipe and change it, do so - but just remember baking is a precise science and the ratios for ingredients in recipes are for a purpose, Change them at your own risk.
6/12/2021 03:59:02 am
Does this cake dry out more quickly than a conventionally baked cake?
Cath (Cheapskates Staff)
6/12/2021 08:27:10 am
It won't keep as long as a slow baked, alcohol drizzled fruit cake, but it will keep for a couple of weeks. You could do the traditional brandy sprinkle every week if you want to keep it longer.
11/12/2022 02:28:54 pm
I have cooked this cake for 25 years,until my carousel M/W
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