Monday, 3 November 2014

Apple Cranberry and Raisin Cake


Last week I baked Apple Apricot Cake again for my Mum to sample. Mum was so enamored by the cake that she requested me to bake the cake for her to take home to Terengganu. Of course I happily obliged. But I only had about 50g of dried apricots left from the bake and being the stingy person that I am, I was reluctant to buy another batch hah..hah...



I remembered that I bought two packets of dried cranberries that were on special offer at Cold Storage. Therefore, I mixed apricots and cranberries into the cake batter. I also added some cinnamon sugar because I love the smell of apples and cinnamon.


I did not bake the cake in a bundt pan because I don't have a container large enough to accommodate the cake. As such, I divided the batter between two smaller loaf pans. The cakes looked so good that I simply had to bake them again.


This time, I combined cranberries and raisins because my partner is a big fan of raisins. Adopting the method in the original recipe, I boiled the cranberries and raisins in orange juice. Because I was only baking the cake the next morning, I kept the boiled fruits in the fridge. 


The cakes turned out well and I hope that the cakes I baked for my Mum were just as good. Because raisins are sweet, I reduced the sugar further to 150g. The sweetness of the cake was just right and it was so moist and tasty. Because I enjoyed the cake so much, I simply had to share it here.









Apple Cranberry and Raisin Cake
Recipe source : Adapted from here

Ingredients A :
- 250g butter
- 150g caster sugar
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon sugar
- 280g self-raising flour
- 5 eggs
- 250g green apples, peeled and grated into thick shreds

Ingredients B (boil for 5-10 minutes and set aside to cool) :
- 75g dried cranberries
- 75g raisins
- Juice from two oranges

Method :
1. Beat butter, sugar and cinnamon sugar till fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and mix well.
2. Add self-raising flour and green apples, mix well.
3. Add ingredients B and mix well.
4. Pour the mixture equally into 2 greased and lined small loaf pans.
5. Bake in preheated oven at 160C for 50 minutes.

Notes for my own reference :
1. After 30 minutes, rotate the pan for even baking.
2. Tent the cakes at the 40 minute mark (ie 10 minutes before they are done).


64 comments:

  1. Good morning Phoon Hong...

    Coming to grab it for my tea break this afternoon...

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    1. Hi Sharon! Wah so early come to tapau :)

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  2. ahhh, it's cranberry and raisin cake!! looks so delicious and rich with a generous handful of fruits in it!!

    the golden color makes the cake looks even more inviting, and did I tell you before that I love fruit cakes?? hehe.. :p

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    1. Hi SK! This cake is awesome due to the combination of apples, butter and cinnamon. The cranberries and raisins add on to the flavours and make the cake pretty. I really love this cake!

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  3. Morning, morning Phong Hong.
    Isnt it good early in the morning I get to see a beautiful looking cake from you? I believe your mum would be more than please having this home made cake specially made from you.

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    1. Hi Mel! I got a message from my Mum saying the she and my Dad love the cake. I was so happy :)

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  4. Everything I like - apples, cranberries and raisins.. I scrolled straight to the ingredients, look ok, can do, but if I can stir everything with a fork, lagi best, but I know if I do it that way, the cake won't rise nicely..I'm just too lazy to take out my electric mixer.. Maybe I really have to do so one day, if I want to make successful fluffy cakes.. Your first picture is so nice already, making me hungry now.. I can finish the entire loaf !!

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    1. Hi Louiz! No need to use mixer also can. You kacau the butter and sugar first. Then add eggs and other ingredients. This is quite a big recipe, I suggest you halve it unless you want to belanja the people in your office :)

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  5. The apple cake looks really good, just love to have a piece of plain apple & cranberries cake with cup of coffee now....

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    1. Hi Sem! Yup, this is a good cake. Highly recommended!

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  6. wah so generous with the fruits. Me like

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    1. Meow, homemade one can put more liew :)

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  7. Phong Hong...

    Your cake looks really yummy! I'm suffering over here! Huhuhu...

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    1. Mama, I pun suffer when I saw your Red Velvet Cupcakes hik..hik...hik....

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  8. Wow, Phong Hong, the cake looks so beautiful, moist and fluffy. This is indeed lip-smacking cake!! Have a wonderful week ahead and warmest regards :)

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    1. Thank you, Ivy! I love this cake. Almost wanted to eat the whole loaf LOL!

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  9. I think I order from you is much easier lah, no need to attempt myself.. Apricot yum yumsss..

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    1. RG, you should try this. Use your spoon to cream the butter and sugar. Then add the eggs and other ingredients. Just apple alone without the apricots/raisins/cranberries is good enough.

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  10. This somehow reminds me that Xmas is coming soon! Haha

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    1. Lina, now that you mentioned it, yah it does look Christmassy :)

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  11. My neighbours gave me a 48 oz (1.36 kg) pack of dried cranberries (with infused pomegranate juice) when they returned from the US some time back and it's still unopened. I don't know what to do with them and I'm too lazy to bake!

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    1. That is a lot of cranberries LOL! They are excellent in muffins, cookies and of course cakes. Or you can just eat them as a snack.

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  12. Wish I lived next door to you - could get to enjoy all the lovely cakes you make. No, no, I haven't tried yet. The spirit is willing, the flesh is weak...so lazy, just want toe at only. LOL!!!

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    1. hah..hah... yes, if you were my neighbour you would surely get to sample my cakes. My current neighbour is not so friendly so I dare not offer them any.

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  13. The cake looks sooo good especiall with the generous amount of cranberries!

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    1. Hi Cheah! I am starting to appreciate cranberries and raisins. But only in cakes as I don't like eating them straight from the packet :)

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  14. Aiyo .....it looks so nice. Poslaju !

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  15. Last weekend I also made a cake with cranberry but it was a disaster, yours looks perfect, mine was under all expectations:) I must work out on this issue:)

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    1. Oh dear, Ola! Don't worry, try again.

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  16. Hi Phong Hong, I definitely bookmark this as it is highly recommended ! This fruity loaf is so yummy ! All your pictures were so nicely taken that made me wanna eat them !

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    1. Hi Karen! I hope that you bake this cake as it is super yummy. And remember don't cut down the butter LOL!

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  17. I would love to have a piece of this now... no dinner tonight and just eating yogurt... hope my appetite will be back tomorrow!

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    1. Hi Claire! I hope that you are keeping well. I wish that I could share this cake with you :)

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  18. Look so delicious and moist! Thanks for sharing, Phong Hong :)

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    1. You are welcome, Ann! Good recipes must be shared :)

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  19. Hi Phong Hong
    Your cake looks really moist and delicious! And it has my favourite dried fruits! A few slices would be great with a cup of Teh-O!! :)

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    1. Hi Joyce! I will bake this cake again soon and this time I am not stopping at one slice LOL!

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  20. I love cranberries too so I think the cake is more tasty than your previous one. I think you can start a bakery now and I will be your no. 1 customer!

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    1. Hi Mun! You are right, this one is better than the previous. Oh, really? My no. 1 customer? That is so sweet of you :)

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  21. Hi Phong Hong, your cake looks very delicious! I wish I can take one home too!

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    1. Hi Jasline! I wish that I could give you a slice to sample :)

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  22. Can I ta Pau a few slices of your delicious cake too PH?

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  23. Looks really good and moist, I am sure your mom will love it, the apples are cleverly hidden out of sight and your raisins and cranberries so evenly distributed! I just bake some pumpkin cranberries/chocolate chips cupcakes and they all sank!

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    1. Hi Jeannie! Yup, Mum loved it :) You can mix your dried fruits/choc chip with some flour to prevent sinking.

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  24. This is a winning combination. Dang, now I want butter cake.

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  25. Hi Phong Hong, wow... this cake of yours is awesome. The texture look so soft and moist. Lovely combo, with cinnamon and orange juice, it definitely smell and taste heavenly.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Have a nice week ahead,regards.
    Amelia

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    1. Hi Amelia! This is a good recipe. I am glad I tried it and it is a keeper. You too have a nice week ahead and the weekend is just around the corner, Woohoo!

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  26. This cake is so fall!! I love it!

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  27. Good Morning Phong Hong,

    I wish that I can have a slice of your cake for my breakfast! Every slice looks so delightful!

    Zoe

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    1. Hi Zoe! I too wish that you could try my cake. I think you will love it!

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  28. Hey PH! How're you? I have been MIA for a bit, but now am back catching up on where I left off.
    Wow, I see you have been baking and cooking a lot. Awesome stuff. This cake looks so so good. Perfect to have it for tea time or over coffee break. Hope all is well! Cheers, Jo @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats

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    1. Hi Jo! Ah, the awesome Chic Baker is back! I'm good and I believe you are awesome! Thanks for the compliments and hope to see more of your fabulous treats :)

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  29. Phong Hong,
    This cake look so good and moist.
    Can I have the whole cake too....Heehee
    mui

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  30. Phong Hong, I am totally drooling over your moist and super delicious cake! Seriously, mesmarizing, and superb!!!! So glad that I backtracked, and always leave your blog with craving, but always a smile on my face!

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    1. Hi Elisabeth! This is one cake that I am very happy with. It smells good and it tastes good. I wish that you could have a taste and tell me what you think!

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