Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Orange Raisin Cake & Merry Christmas

Today is Christmas Eve n I know everyone’s house will be already filled with Christmas fruit cake and wine. How I wish I was at home today. I already miss my home and Arun so badly. Am away from home for the second time. The first time I was away from home, I was really feeling very sad and lonely. Ma friends Sayli and Divya arranged a surprise for me in ma hostel room to make me happy. I’ll never forget that. They gifted me with a beautiful and fully decorated, small Christmas tree. I really felt so happy for the effort they had put for me. It still brings a wide smile on my face. 

Now, for the second time again. Am away from Arun, home and, in-laws.  If I was in US, I really wanted to decorate ma home with a theme of red, white and green which gives a Christmas mood. I planned to soak dry fruits to make rum soaked fruit cake n wine. I wanted to plan the best Christmas for Arun.  Life always takes a new direction. Hopefully, next year I can do all I wished for.

This time ma little sis has taken up ma role at home. Along with Mamma, she has made her Christmas menu. I can’t believe, she is baking n icing her first cake all alone. That too, a black forest. I really look forward for her pics. Christmas and Onam are the most celebrated festivals at ma home. I have been away from them for both. I can’t explain in words how much I miss all the fun.

Anyhow, to get the merry mood am posting a cake that was saved in ma draft. Those who have not soaked dry fruits for cake, or who does not love fruit cake, or have not baked a cake yet but want to bake a quick and simple one can try this. It is really easy. I love citrus flavor as it is very lite and fresh. I have adapted it from Rias collection. You can find the original recipe here. When I baked this cake, it was just over in half n hour. It is very spongy n citrusy. Hope you all enjoy it.

I wish you a merry Christmas. Hope you have the best Christmas ever. May Santa come to your house with lots of gifts and blessings.

  1. All purpose flour- 2 cups
  2. Sugar- 1 cup, powdered 
  3. Salted butter- 1/2 cup
  4. Eggs-2 
  5. Milk-1/2 cup
  6. Orange juice-3/4 cup
  7. Orange rind-1 tsp
  8. Raisins- 4 tbsp 
  9. Baking powder- 2 tsp

  1. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees while you prepare the batter.
  2. Prepare the baking tin. Butter the tin and dust with flour.
  3. Mix flour and baking powder. Keep it aside.
  4. Cream butter and powdered sugar well till fluffy.
  5. Add in eggs one by one and beat well on hand beater or mixer.
  6. Slowly add the flour and mix well.
  7. Add milk in 2-3 intervals and beat well.
  8. Add orange juice and rind. Give a final mix.
  9. Transfer batter into the baking tin.
  10. Scatter and drop some raisins over the batter and bake for 40 mins. ( Please refer notes)


  • Oven settings vary according to the brand. The settings given in this recipe is the standard one and is what I follow. You know your oven best so you can make changes according to your oven.
  • To know whether your bake is ready, insert a tooth pick at the centre. If it comes out clean it means that your cake is baked. 


  1. hey lovely looking cake there...Wishing u a very merry Xmas...I know it might be hard to be away from family during this season..lets hope u could make all ur dreams come true next year...but for now, keep away the home sickness and enjoy this christmas and stay blessed :)

  2. Thanks a lot Anupa. Thank you so much for bringing a wide smile on ma face. Wish you and your family a very merry and blessed christmas. :-)

  3. cake looks very yumm.. very soft. you have nice collections

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