Try an original Amarula Cake this Christmas

African Distillers Ltd is the proud home, outside South Africa, of Amarula Cream, The Spirit of Africa. Amarula is made from the unique marula fruit, which can only be found in one untouched corner of sub-equatorial Africa.

Opinion by amarula.com

The marula tree grows uncultivated across the plains and their fruit is ripened by the golden African sun.

The ripe marula fruit is so delicious that elephants are known to travel for miles, just to get a taste!

The marula fruit is fermented, distilled and then matured in French oak casks for two years before being blended with the finest, freshest cream. The result is a light brown-caramel coloured cream liqueur with a fresh, smooth and well-rounded taste.

Amarula Christmas Cake (serves 10)

150g cake flour
150g self-raising cake flour
250g butter
250g soft brown sugar
Grated rind of 1 orange
5 eggs
150g mixed fruit mince (available from the baking section in supermarkets)
125g mixed candied peel, finely chopped (available from the baking section in supermarkets)
125g glacé cherries, quartered
1 Tbls golden syrup
¼ cup Amarula
¼ cup Viceroy brandy

Method
1.Grease and line a 20cm cake tin with greaseproof paper. Sieve the flours together.
2.Cream together the butter and the orange rind until the mixture is pale and creamy.
3.Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
4.Fold in the flour alternately with the dried fruit, peel and cherries.
5.Finally, blend in the golden syrup.
6.Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and bake in an oven preheated to 170°C for 90 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
7.Remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
8.Turn it out onto a wire tray to finish cooling and then remove the paper.

This cake tastes best after a week of maturation in tin foil in a cool, dry place. Splash the cake with the Amarula and Viceroy brandy a day before serving, and place it back in storage for one more night.

Amarula Frosting
250g butter
500g icing sugar
50ml Amarula

Method
Soften the butter and place it with the icing sugar and Amarula in a mixer and combine the ingredients until the frosting becomes light and fluffy.

Just before serving, decorate the cake with the Amarula frosting in whichever style you prefer.

Amarula is a rare find, appreciate accordingly! For other delicious recipes to make your celebrations fabulously festive, go to www.amarula.com.

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