Dry fruits Mix (Almonds, Cashews, Raisins, Walnuts, Pistachio)s – ½ Cup
Tutti Frutti – ½ Cup
Milk – ¼ Cup
Spice powder – 1 tsp
Keep all ingredients ready with the above mentioned measurements before you start preparing the cake.
If you do not have castor sugar, run the sugar in a food processor or mixer for a few seconds to make superfine sugar, (make sure not to powder it) then measure. Here you will need 1 ¼ cup. You can also use 1 ¼ cup of granulated sugar instead of castor sugar.
Sieve Maida/All-Purpose Flour, baking powder, Spice powder thrice so that all are thoroughly mixed. Mix in the dry fruits and tutti frutti.
Soften the butter before beating. Do not melt.
Eggs should be at room temperature. If refrigerated, keep them out for about an hour before baking.
Grease the bread tin with butter and dust with Maida/All-Purpose Flour, so that the cake comes off easily once baked. You can also use cooking spray.
Place the bread tin on the parchment paper, trace it and cut it out, then place it on the bottom of the bread tin.
Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Beat butter and sugar in a bowl till light and fluffy. Make sure to beat in one direction.
Separate the egg whites and yolks.
Beat the egg whites with a hand-mixer until stiff peaks are formed.
Beat well the egg yolks with vanilla essence.
Add the beaten egg yolk to the butter-sugar and mix well. Do not allow the mixture to curdle. To this, slowly fold in the beaten egg whites with a rubber spatula.
Instead of separating the egg whites and yolks and then beating them, you can add the whole eggs one by one, beating them well each time.
Add 1/2 of the sieved flour to the butter-sugar-egg mixture and fold in. Add some milk and fold slowly. Now repeat the same with the remaining flour and milk.
Pour this mixture into the bread tin and bake for about 1 ½ hours. Time may vary for each oven.
Add cherries and tutti frutti on the top.
Check after 1 hour. If it is browning too much, place aluminum foil on the top and cook for the remaining minutes.
Check if the cake is baked with a tooth pick. The cake is done if it comes out clean.
Remove from oven and place it on a wire rack and allow it to cool.