Orange Pineapple Walnut Fruit Cake

Posted by hsimpsongrossman on December 18, 2016

I haven’t tried a new cake recipe in something like 2 months.  In fact, I’ve barely managed to bake anything at all since the beginning of the school year.  But how could I ignore a Christmas boiled fruit cake? With Rum?!

Orange Pineapple Walnut Fruit Cake Close Up
Close Up

So I did the impossible and cleared some time off my Thursday schedule.  Thank God it was an easy cake to bake – no mixer required, barely any dishes to wash – the perfect cake for an exhausted mother-teacher-student to deal with.

My plans were nearly trashed due to an unexpected urgent ultrasound I had to take Stubborn Mule to that day (bicycle accident a couple of weeks ago, fluids in his lower abdomen, pains came back earlier this week) and Princess hosting a group of 15 or so 4th graders she counsels for baking a cake (in MY kitchen).  But I managed to adapt, split the preparation of this cake to a few stages and live to tell about in my blog.

The cake did pay a minor price for me having to deal with the above mentioned obstacles, as I wasn’t home to check on it after an hour.  Princess took it out when she heard the timer go off but by then the cake was a bit overbooked.  Don’t get me wrong – it was still a hit.  I just think I should have taken it out after 55 minutes and not leave for 70-80 minutes as suggested in the recipe.

Orange Pineapple Walnut Fruit Cake Presentable
Presentable

 I substituted light whole wheat flour for the whole amount of all purpose required. I chose to use dried pineapple as suggested and not candied pineapple. And I couldn’t resist adding 1/4 of a teaspoon of ground cloves to the flour mixture – after all, this is a Christmas cake, isn’t it?

Orange Pineapple Walnut Fruit Cake Sunshine
Sunshine

The cake was consumed entirely by Perfect Son and Truly Yours in about a day and a half, as my younger children didn’t like the nuts and Better Half was away skiing.  I am planning to make it again for Hanukkah, but this time will hopefully be there to take it out of the oven on time.

For the recipe of this comforting, festive cake from Baked Occasions by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, please visit Baked Sunday Mornings

Happy Baking!

Orange Pineapple Walnut Fruit Cake Mine
Mine!

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