July 27, 2012

Happy Birthday: Tutti Frutti Cake | Indian Plum Cake Recipe

Five years ago, an angel was born. Words can't express how much happiness and joy she brought into our lives.

She is Shriya, my niece.

Shriya, during her trip to Alaska. Image Credit
It feels like yesterday when she was so tiny that she barely fit into both of my hands. Now, she can talk non-stop, make you really think and many at times, stump you with questions which we barely can answer. One Curious George this kid has grown into. ;-)

Sadly, this year I am not with her to celebrate and squeal for her birthday. Hence, gifts were sent with loads of love & kisses from her uncle and aunt along with this Tutti Frutti Cake, which I am sure she would have totally loved.

So here I am celebrating Shriya's birthday virtually atleast , with all of you. 

Love you baby. 

This is such a splendid recipe for a moist cake with just few tablespoons of butter. I made two loaves (doubling the original recipe). One was for my family here in Hyderabad and other for office colleagues in Bangalore. All of them loved it and went for seconds. Just perfect for any occasion and anybody, especially for kids.


{Recipe} Tutti Frutti Cake | Indian Plum Cake

Makes two loaves - one for round 9 inch cake pan and another for 9 inch loaf pan. This recipe can be easily halved for just one cake.

Adapted from Sharmi


4 cups all purpose flour/maida
2.5 cups granulated white sugar
1 cup tutti fruitti pieces (these are chopped, candied fruit pieces)
4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
2 cups milk
4 eggs, at room temparature
2 tsp baking soda
4 tsp baking powder
6 tsp vanilla essence
few mixed nuts like cashews, walunts etc, to sprinkle on the top


1. Sieve flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix tutti frutti pieces with little flour and keep aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and sugar. Using at electric mixer or whisk, add one egg at a time and beat well until creamy. Add vanilla essence and milk. Mix well.

3. Add flour+baking powder+ baking soda mixuture one cup-at-a-time, mixing with spatula scraping through the edges each time. Fold in tutti frutti.

4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease the pan with butter and flour, tap to remove off excess.

5. Pour the batter in the pans and pat it on floor to ensure the batter is evenly distributed. Bake for 35-40 mins until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Once out of the oven, cool completely on a wire rack and then serve.

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[Update- August 7th 2012] - I made an eggless version of this cake for my little sister's and cousin brother's birthday by substituting 2 eggs with 200ml of sweetened condensed milk and reducing the sugar to 5 tbsp. Everybody loved the cake and were thrilled to know if was eggless, especially my aunts who are staunch vegetarians. Here is a pic from the celebrations. 

until next time,

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  1. Happy Birthday to your niece! the cake looks awesome, I used to love the tutti frutti cakes and bread, never seen them here though!

  2. Happy birthday Shriya. And a lovely girl deserves a loving aunt. What a superb cake you baked.

  3. Happy birthday to ur niece! The cake looks very tasty and this is my all time favourite


  4. Happy Birthday to Shriya! I love this cake, not only make it often but have so many memories associated with it. I loved eating the colourfull tutti - fruti, love the clicks and yummy cake!


  5. Dear Siri, i love your blog! This cake looks amazing! Greetings from Romania - Europe!

  6. Looks delicious!

  7. HI Siri....I love your recipes n presentation...its really simply superb...every time i will wait for your next recipe....cake is superb...in this recipe for 4 eggs how much condensed milk should substitute...

  8. Hi, the ingredients don't list the baking powder, but the instructions do. Please clarify.

    1. Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for pointing it out. I have updated the ingredients list with amount of baking powder needed.


  9. Hi,This cake looks beautiful,Can I have a substitute for egg.?Thanks

    1. Hi Prajna, the substitute I used is mentioned in the post itself. - 2 eggs with 200ml of sweetened condensed milk and reducing the sugar to 5 tbsp.

      Hope this helps.


  10. Hi Siri,
    I love your recipes and I use them often in my cooking.
    I was wondering if I can skip baking soda completely and substitute butter with sunflower oil. My husband cannot take either of them. Will the cake taste as good with these changes? Thanks.

    1. Hello,

      Personally I haven't tried with these substitute ingredients. So, can't really comment on how good it might taste. :-) Please visit this link for few options on ingredient substitutions - http://www.joyofbaking.com/IngredientSubstitution.html

      Hope this helps,


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