Light Fruit Cake for Christmas Or Parties

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East Indian Light Fruit Cake is a delicious treat for Christmas dessert or even as a regular tea-time snack. So yum and fruity, you won’t be able to stop at just one.

Who can resist a yummy fruit cake? With so many kinds of cake around, how do you choose? For us, cream cakes have never been a favorite, they’re just too creamy. But fruit cakes, that’s another story, light fruit cakes, dark fruit cakes, or mixed fruit cakes – Give us either and we are happy! Easy to make and ready in an hour, you’ll be eating this cake in no time.

To know how to make our delicious light fruit cake, read on below…

What Ingredients Do You need to Make Light Fruit Cake?

All you need to bake a mixed fruit cake cake is the main four ingredients – butter, powdered sugar, eggs, and flour or maida in Hindi. Then add the vanilla essence, baking powder and cashew nuts, cherries, and candied peel or ready tooti frooti.

How to bake Light Fruit Cake?

Start by prepping the ingredients like cashews, cherries, and tooti frooti. Break the cashews into smaller pieces and cut the cherries into round slices. If you have ready tooti frooti you don’t have to do much. If you are using the candied peel, cut them into tiny cubes.

Dust them all with a little flour and keep them aside for later.

Chop cherries, cashews and tooti frooti on a plate.
Cherries, cashews and tooti frooti

Break eggs in a vessel and beat them to a froth. We prefer to use a fork or whisk, but you can use a hand mixer too.

In a deep vessel remove egg yolk and white.
Beat the egg in the vessel.
Beaten eggs

Add butter and vanilla essence and mix well. Then add in the powdered sugar and mix and then add the flour aka maida with baking powder and stir gently a little at a time.

Add butter to the beaten eggs.
Butter added to the eggs
Add drops of Vanilla to the egg and butter mix.
Add vanilla
Add powdered sugar to mix.
Add powder sugar
Add flour to the batter.
Add flour

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Next, add in the flour-dusted cashews, cherries, and tooti frooti or candied peel and mix into the batter.

Sugar coat the tooti frooti.
Tooti frooti in sugar coating
Add broken cashews and cherries to the batter.
Add broken cashews and cherries

Pour the batter into tins lined with baking paper and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 50 mins.

Pour the batter in a round tin.
Add batter to a round tin
Pour the batter in a Square tin.
Batter in square tin

After 50 mins, you can check the mixed fruit cake with a toothpick to see if it’s ready. If the toothpick comes out clean, it’s ready to be taken out of the oven. If not, keep it in for 5-10 mins longer and check again.

Freshly baked light nut cake.
Light nut cake
Freshly baked light nut cake in square and round tin..
Don’t you just love light fruit cake!
Cut the cake in slices.
Cut a log of the cake
Whole fruit cake on a plate and ready to slice.
Round Fruit Cake
Delicious fruit cake in slices.
Delicious fruit cake
Serve Tooti frooti cake on a plate.
Tooti frooti cake

Cooking Tips & Tricks

  • Prep the cashew nuts, cherries & tooti frooti before you start on the simple fruit cake batter.
  • Dust the cashew nuts, cherries and tooti frooti with flour so they doesn’t stick to each other.
  • Beat the eggs using a fork, whisk or even a hand mixer.
  • The butter should be at room temperature when using it.

FAQ’s About Light Fruit Cake

How long can you store Light Fruit Cake?

Light fruit Cake can be stored in air-tight containers for about a week in a refrigerator or for 1 to 2 months in a freezer. Thaw well before serving!

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What is the difference between a Light fruit and Dark Fruit cake?

A dark fruit cake is richer and denser as it has a lot more dry fruits, nuts, spices, raisins soaked in alcohol, caramel, and cocoa which gives it the dark colour. And of course, there’s the additionally added alcohol as well. The light fruit cake or mixed fruit cake uses only cashewnuts and tooti frooti which means you can eat more of it without your mom or wife glaring at you and telling you to stop.

What is Tooti Frooti?

Tutti Frutti or Tooti Frooti is a mix of colorful candied peel available in stores in India made from various fruits like raw papaya, oranges peel, and cherries. If you don’t find it near you, use diced candied peel.

Serve Tooti frooti cake on a plate.

East Indian Light Fruit Cake | Mixed Fruit Cake

Light Fruit Cake or Tooti Frooti Cake is a delicious treat for Christmas or even at tea time. So yum and fruity, you won't be able to stop at just one piece of Mixed Fruit Cake.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Christmas, Dessert
Cuisine East Indian
Servings 60 Pieces
Calories 122 kcal
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  • 400 grams Butter
  • 400 grams Sugar
  • 8 Eggs
  • 400 grams Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
  • 100 grams Cherries
  • 100 grams Cashewnuts
  • 100 grams Candied Peel or Tooti Frooti


  • Break the cashews into bits, cut the cherries and the candied peel, dust them with flour and keep aside for later. (The cashewnut bits can be large or small depending on their size.)
  • Beat the eggs, add the butter and powdered sugar and mix well.
  • Add baking powder to the flour and mix and add a little at a time to the batter.
  • Next, add in the dry fruits dusted with flour and your batter is ready.
  • Pour the batter into lined tins and put into a pre-heated oven for about 50 mins.
  • Check with a toothpick to see if the cake is ready. If it comes out clean you're good to go, if not keep it in for a few minutes more.
  • And your cake is ready to serve!

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  • Prep the cashew nuts, cherries & tooti frooti (candied peel) before you start with the cake batter.
  • Bring the butter to room temperature before using it.
  • You can use a hand mixer or just whisk the eggs with a fork, whichever you prefer.
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Nutrition (Per Serving)

Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Disclaimer: Nutrition Information per serving is estimated by a third party software based on the ingredients used, and is for informational purposes only. It will vary from product to product, based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients. Please consult the package labels of the ingredients you use, or chat with your dietician for specific details.

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