My grandmother always used to make one sinfully rich and yummy cake for the whole family every Thanksgiving and Christmas (and the many other odd times when I begged her to bake one just for me). It was much later that I learned that what I was devouring each and every time was in fact called the Japanese Fruit Cake. It’s quite a mysterious name for this cake as it has no Japanese connection at all and holds its true origin from the Deep South which stretch up to Texas in the US. This cake was once called Oriental cake and it is considered a dessert extravaganza with its rich fruit and nut fillings underneath layers of fluffy white icing.
To make this cake, you will need a cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 6 egg yolks, 3 cups of flour, 4 tablespoons of baking powder, 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of nutmeg, 1 table spoon of ground cloves, 1 cup of milk, 2 cups of raisins, 2 cups of flaked coconuts, 1 cup of chopped pecans, 6 egg whites, 2 cups of sugar, quarter cup flour, 1 and a half cup of water, 2 peeled and seeded lemons and orange, and 2 cups of flaked coconut.
Firstly, you will require preheating the oven to 175 degrees Celsius, and grease 4 round cake pans of about 9 inches each. Dredge pecans, coconut and raisins in one cup of the flour until coated, and set aside. Cream butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in one yolk at a time until smooth. Mix the flour, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and baking powder. Mix in all purpose flour mixture while adding the milk. Stir in pecan, raisin and coconut mixture.
In a clear bowl, beat eggs whites. Pour into batter, and then place it into the pans. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, and when done, you may cool the layers. To make the fillings, combine the flour, lemon, orange, sugar and water, before adding the mixture to saucepan. Cook for about 10 minutes on medium heat until thickened. Add 2 cups of coconut and steer for 2 minutes before allowing it to cool. You may finally assemble the cake with fillings between the layers, and ending with the filling on top. Your delicious Japanese Fruit Cake is now ready to be served!
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