90 min prep time
Make easy Christmas Cake in kerala style @ home for kids - ZenParent
Preperation Time:
90 mins


  1. 600 grams mixed dried fruit or a mix of the following (raisins, prunes, figs, apricot, currants, sultanas, dates)
  2. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  5. Zest and juice from 1 orange
  6. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 200 grams (2 cups) ground almonds
  9. 50 grams finely chopped walnuts


  • Preheat your oven to 150 Degree Celsius. Prepare a 20 cm round cake tin with baking paper lining the sides and the base. Combine dried fruit, spice, vanilla, orange zest + juice, olive oil and eggs. Add the almonds and walnuts and mix through. Spoon the cake batter into your baking tin.
  • Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes.  Check with a skewer to see if it comes out clean, if not bake for another few minutes or till the skewer comes out clean. Cover the top if necessary to prevent over-browning. Cool, then remove from the tin and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month.

Recipe Notes:

This cake can also be served as a pudding served with vanilla bean custard or thick natural yoghurt.

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One of the best things about growing up in India was all the holidays we celebrated. As a multicultural country, all festivals are celebrated with lots of joy and gusto.

But for my family and I, Christmas holds a truly special place in our hearts. This was a month of family get togethers, bonding and love. Christmas is nothing if not a collection of stories. And those of us who celebrate the holiday all have them. I grew up in a home with family spread out all over the world and getting together often was difficult. But Christmas was a time for this, family both near and far got together, and these special days were full of laughter, jokes and fun.

Christmas In Kerala

As children, we always looked forward to the Christmas break. Christmas in Kerala is particularly religious, with church services playing a huge role in celebrating this festival. The preparations start — as in Western countries — on Advent Sunday. Churches start planning their celebrations and masses, and households start planning their food, sweets, and decorations.

Bright Color & Lights

It is a colorful festival — as are most in India — and local stores, markets, and malls are draped in multicolored twinkling fairy lights, paper streamers, and flowers. I was always amazed at those roadside vendors and tiny shops overflowing with ‘Stars’ of various colors and patterns.

Christmas Star shops Kerala - ZenParent

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These stars would be hung in front of every home, sometimes one, sometimes several of them!

Churches are decorated using stunning lights and look spectacular in the night. Our family like most others, put up a Christmas tree. Snow is in short supply, but that did not deter us children from draping cotton wool all over the decorated trees to imitate snow-covered evergreens. A lot of decorations and ornaments are handmade, and stars are everywhere. My dad and uncles put up Christmas stars all over the house and out on the roads to welcome friends, neighbors, and family to our home at Christmas time.

I spent most Christmases at my native with grandparents and cousins. And a fun sight during our stay for Christmas was the youth coming to each home singing carols with Santa Claus leading them!


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We used to wait eagerly for these visits because they would throw us fistfuls of candy at us. Simple treats always make kids happy.

Sometimes we act as if Christmas is all about the food. Well that’s a big part of it, but not the whole story. Nevertheless food memories can be particularly moving and powerful, serving as a way to affirm family, friendship, culture and tradition.

There is no Christmas without a delicious Christmas cake filled with sultanas and nuts. My Grandmother was famous for her lip-smacking delicious Christmas Fruit Cake. She used to make large batches of cakes and these were distributed to family and friends.

Here is my twist to the traditional Christmas Cake (which I loved as a child) with the goodness of almonds and dried fruit.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Serving
Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories 3916
Calories from Fat 1690
Total Fat 187.8g289%
Saturated Fat 19.9g99%
Cholesterol 491mg164%
Sodium 255mg11%
Potassium 6750mg193%
Carbohydrates 548.2g183%
Dietary Fiber 56.4g226%
Sugars 383.1g
Protein 91.2g
Vitamin A 22% · Vitamin C 188%
Calcium 104% · Iron 128%