Sweetened Condensed Milk Fruit Cake Recipe: How To

Today, we’re going to be looking at a sweetened condensed milk fruit cake recipe. But what benefits does using sweetened condensed milk in a fruit cake have? How do you keep fruit cake moist? We’ll be covering all the tips and tricks today – as well as making the cake from scratch. But first, what is sweetened condensed milk? Let’s take a look.

What Is Sweetened Condensed Milk?

To put it simply, sweetened condensed milk is milk that has the water removed. Sugar is usually added in it’s place, which makes it sweet. More often than not, if you hear someone talking about condensed milk, they mean sweetened condensed milk.

Sweetened Condensed Milk Fruit Cake Recipe

We’ll be taking a look at two simple-to-follow recipes today. Let us know which one is your favorite. The first recipe is Never Fail Fruit Cake from All Recipes.

Ingredients

The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

  • one pound of candied cherries
  • one pound of candied pineapple
  • one pound of dates (pitted)
  • one pound of pecans (chopped)
  • 8oz of flaked coconut
  • 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk

Recipe

Now all you need to do is:

Step 1: Preheat the oven

Preheat your oven to 300F. Lightly grease a pan and line with parchment paper.

Step 2: Chopping and mixing

Grab a mixing bowl and chop your fruit and nut ingredients. Once cut, add your coconut and combine with your hands.

Step 3: Adding flour and milk

Once combined well, add the flour and sweetened condensed milk. Mix until well blended.

Step 4: Baking

Pour mixture into your greased and lined pan. Bake in the center of your oven for around one and a half hours. Remove from oven and leave to cool.

Step 5: Cake removal

Run knife around the edge of the pan to make your cake easier to remove.

Step 6: Enjoy!

Your cake is now ready to serve!

Why is condensed milk used in cakes?

Condensed Milk And Fruit Cake Recipe – 2

The second recipe we’ll be looking at today is a Condensed Milk and Fruit Cake recipe from Best Recipes. This is my go-to recipe when making condensed milk fruit cake.

Ingredients

The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

  • 1125g of mixed fruit
  • 250g of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 cup of water
  • 395g of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of sherry
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence/extract
  • 2 cups of sifted plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup of glace cherries (for decoration)
  • 1/4 cup of almonds (for decoration)

Recipe

To make your cake, all you need to do is:

Step 1: Boiling

Grab a pan and add your mixed fruit, water, bicarbonate of soda and butter. Bring to a boil and allow to cool

Step 2: Adding further ingredients

Now add your sweetened condensed milk, sherry (or brandy), vanilla extract and vinegar

Step 3: Sifting flour and adding ingredients

Once you’ve sifted the flour, add to the fruit mixture, along with the baking powder, cloves and salt

Step 4: Baking

Once mixed well, put the mixture into a greased tin that has been lined with parchment paper. Bake at 300F for around 2 hours

Step 5: Checking it’s fully baked

Check with a knife in the center of your cake to determine whether your cake is ready. It may need slightly less, or slightly more time

Step 6: Time to decorate

Decorate with your almonds and cherries as you wish

Step 7: Glaze, if you wish

Additionally, you can glaze your cake with sherry or brandy

Step 8: Enjoy!

Your cake is now ready to serve!

TIP: Feel free to substitute some of the mixed fruit with raisins or nuts, if you’d prefer.

How do you keep fruit cake moist?

Conclusion

I hope this post has helped you to perfect your sweetened condensed milk fruit cake recipe. Personally, I find fruit cake to be one of the easiest cakes to make and also one of the most delicious – especially around the holiday season. It’s festive, dense and packed full of flavor. Who can resist a moist fruit cake?

Do you have your own tips and tricks when it comes to making fruit cake with sweetened condensed milk? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

FAQs

How Do You Keep Fruit Cake Moist?

The obvious answer to keeping fruit cake moist from this post is using sweetened condensed milk! When a cake has a high ratio of dry ingredients, condensed milk is perfect for keeping your cake full of moisture. Another top tip to keep your fruit cake moist is to always soak your fruit before making your fruit cake. Leaving your fruit overnight to soak before you use it will help to keep your cake moist and soft once baked.

Why is Condensed Milk Used in Cakes?

Sweetened condensed milk is a very popular ingredient when it comes to cake making and here's why: it makes your cake more tender, and far more moist. It also helps to enhance the flavor too. Sweetened condensed milk is usually used as a substitute for egg(s) and sugar in a recipe. It's also great at adding color to the crust of your cake, if that is something that's important to you. 

Can You Make a Dry Fruit Cake Moist?

Of course! If you've made your fruit cake and it's not looking as moist as you'd like it, there are a few ways you can try to salvage it. The easiest way is to soak a cheesecloth with either syrup, fruit juice or alcohol. Once the cheesecloth has been soaked, wrap your cake in it and place in the fridge. If after soaking your cake, it's still no moister, there's another way you may like to try. The easiest way to do this is to grab a skewer and make several holes around all edges of the cake (be sure you're skewering to the other side of the cake). Grab a pan and add 1/2 cup of alcohol of your choice (brandy, rum, cognac etc.), with a touch of orange zest. Put your cake on top until the alcohol begins to simmer. Once steaming, spoon the sauce all over your cake, ensuring the sauce is going inside the holes of your cake. Do this until the majority of the alcohol has been absorbed. Remove the cake from heat and leave to cool before serving. 

Sweetened Condensed Milk Fruit Cake - Recipe 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb candied cherries
  • 1 lb candied pineapple
  • 1 lb dates (pitted)
  • 1 lb pecans (chopped)
  • 8 oz flaked coconut
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 300F. Lightly grease a pan and line with parchment paper.
  • Grab a mixing bowl and chop your fruit and nut ingredients. Once cut, add your coconut and combine with your hands.
  • Once combined well, add the flour and sweetened condensed milk. Mix until well blended.
  • Pour mixture into your greased and lined pan. Bake in the center of your oven for around one and a half hours. Remove from oven and leave to cool.
  • Run knife around the edge of the pan to make your cake easier to remove.
  • Your cake is now ready to serve!

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