Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Brandy Pineapple Fruit Cake

I have not been baking my all time favourite, Hampton Fruit Cake for Christmas for the past three years.  I stopped due to either health reason or we were away during that festive season.

As mom likes fruit cake and by the time she is home, there is about a week left to this, 15 days of celebration.  So I decided to bake a Brandy Pineapple Fruit Cake so that she can share it with her guests and I can improvise on this recipe as well.

As I didn't want to join the long queue over this festive period, I used whatever I have on hand.  Thus I substituted mixed fruits with golden raisins and cranberries.  

This one month had been really tiring for me as I have to look after my sister as well as dealing with a poor back condition.  

The stubborn me, yet wanted to bake something for this festive season.  Hubby was really angry with me but it just doesn't feel right without any festive cookies and I have never enjoyed store bought ones since the day I discovered baking.

After baking four varieties of cookie, I was trying to lie down as often to rest till I saw how easy this fruit cake is.  I jumped into it, so let's hope mom enjoy this as well.  

I am really looking forward to having mom home.   

In the meantime, I will keep feeding it with brandy to intensify the flavour till mommy comes home.

Verdict: The cake is flavourful but somehow, I find it a little crumbly as I have problem slicing it nicely.  Maybe I should be more generous with the brandy to add moisture to it.  

The cake taste better after it has been aged with lots of brandy.  My guests totally enjoyed it.

So let's hope you enjoy this recipe as well.

To all my readers, I take this opportunity to wish you a 

身体健康,  龙马精神 

I am submitting this to Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and me, Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Bake for Happy Kids.



I am submitting this post to Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover

What you need:

1 can of pineapple ring (chopped into small pieces)
380g golden raisins and dried cranberries (soaked in 7 tablespoon of brandy over night)
100g brown sugar
150g butter

2 large eggs
250g self raising flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla essence


Place (A) ingredients into a pot and cook till sugar and butter melt.  Leave to cool.

Greased and lined a 20cm square pan.

Add (B) ingredients into the cooled fruits.  Mix well.

Pour into pan and baked for 1 hour @ 180ºC .

Once baked, remove from oven and immediately drizzle brandy over.  I used about 5 tablespoons.

Wrapped cooled cake with aluminium foil.

I feed it a further 3 tablespoon more of brandy after 3 days.



  1. Your fruit cake looks delicious! So moist.

    1. Thanks Mich, the taste is very flavourful but need to load in more brandy to make it more moist.

  2. Hi Edith,

    Happy Lunar New Year to you and your family!

    1. Happy Lunar New Year to you and family too!

  3. Edith , hope you're coping well with that pesky back condition ! Glad that you can still bake some of your fave goodies despite it :) Your fruit cake looks really moist and full of flavor !

    Here's wising you and you family Kung Hei Fat Choy !!! May the Year of the Snake bring you good health , happiness and good fortune !

    1. Thanks Anne! Do you celebrate it too?

  4. Hi Edith,

    Happy CNY! Wishing you and your family best of everything :D

    I must say that baking can super addictive but you must take care of your back because your health is the most essential ultimately... oh dear, I sounded an old naggy granny :p

    Funny that you mentioned that your husband wants store-bought goodies. I guess he likes festive shopping... that's why :D

    Your brandy pineapple fruitcake looks wonderful... very luxurious and beautiful for CNY.


    1. Thanks Zoe and Happy Lunar New Year to you and your family. Back is slowing getting better.

      Hubby wanted store bought because he didn't want me to bake. hahah...

  5. Eileen, Hundred Eighty Degrees14 February 2013 at 17:05

    Hi Edith, happy new year to you and your family! This looks easy and I have everything except pineapple ring. Will try one day since I have one big box of raisins soaked in rum for a year. Yummy: )

    1. Happy New Year to you too. That box of raisins sounds potently delicious.

  6. Hi Edith,

    Happy CNY, wishing you and your family have a prosperous and fruitful water snake year :)

  7. edith, i think it's always a little difficult to slice the cake nicely that comes with fruits..i always have that little problem too :)Nevertheless it looks great. Now that you have done with your cny cookies baking, hope you are taking a well deserved break and holiday..hehe..

    1. So it is not my knife nor me. That is comforting to know. I did have my 4 days holiday (in hospital) hahaha.

  8. Hi Edith,
    Your fruit cake looks very moist and must be very fragrant with the brandy! I hope your back ache has improved and your sister is getting better.
    Wish you all the very best in the year of the snake! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

    1. Thanks, my sister is good and well now. And I am recuperating well too.

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  10. Hi Edith, I baked accordingly to your recipe and fermented about 1 month occasionally with extra brandy but the cake crumbles lots. It looked wet inside too, not sure what went wrong but it taste really good thou.
    Please help!
    Thanks. Janice

    1. Janice, mine crumbled too but it wasn't wet. Perhaps you added too much brandy?

    2. Hi Edith, I feed my cake once a week with 1 tbsp brandy, too much? Also, your 1 can of pineapple ring - how many grams? Maybe, I put too much. Thanks. Janice

    3. So sorry Janice, I didn't take note on the weight for the pineapple. An oversight on my part. Maybe it was too much pineapple. You also need to drain off the juice from it.


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