Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A modern Christmas Cake recipe from California Raisins

I'm sharing this recipe California Raisins sent to me because I think some moms who love to bake will like a new recipe to try. And also because they sent me a big bag of raisins! Vince and I love raisins. We're still trying to convince the kids it's a healthy and delicious snack as is but they prefer eating raisins when they're coated in chocolate (which I love, too!).

California Raisins are fat-free and have no cholesterol, low in sodium, and naturally sweet. That means you can lessen the cups of sugar required for your cakes and pastries and snack on the raisins while you bake and you won't gain a pound! I'm going to post some photos of baked goods stuffed with raisins to inspire you to bake with these sweet morsels!

Slices of bread with juicy raisins exploding in your mouth!
Photo by Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash

 Mmm. Loaves of bread made sweet with chocolate chips and raisins!
Photo by Ananth Pai on Unsplash

Oh, my absolute favorite! Raisin cookies!
Photo by Denisse Leon on Unsplash

Anyway, the recipe! California Raisins asked Chef Michael Aspiras of Le Petit Souffle and Scout Honor to come up with holiday baked goods for Noche Buena and Christmas parties.

California Raisin Modern Christmas Cake

For the cake:
240g California Raisins*
330g Good quality unsalted butter
125g Caster sugar.
300g Eggs (or 6 medium-size eggs)
45ml Fresh milk
350g Cake flour
3g Salt
3g Baking powder
3g Cinnamon powder
3g Garam masala
5g Lemon zest
5g Orange zest
45ml Orange juice

*For the California Raisins:
200g California Raisins
35ml Rum
100ml water
25g White sugar

1. Cook sugar in water until it turns into a light syrup, add in rum remove from heat.
2. Soak raisins in rum, soak overnight.

1. Grease, line with parchment paper, grease again and flour 4 6 by 3 by 2.5 height loaf pans.
2. Preheat oven to 160°C.
3. Sift all dry ingredients together.
4. Strain and remove excess syrup from raisins, set aside, save the syrup.
5. Using a planetary mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter, and sugar until light and fluffy.
6. Add in eggs one at a time.
7. Add in milk, then the orange juice.
8. Fold in dry ingredients, then the raisins.
9. Pour or pipe into the prepared loaf pans.
10. Bake for 35 minutes or until baked through.
11. Remove from oven, pour in excess syrup from soaked raisins.
12. Cool down to room temp, and then freeze.

For the Crispy California Raisin and Chocolate Dip coating

55g California Raisins (chopped)
55g Toasted walnuts (chopped roughly)
200g White chocolate
40g Red cocoa butter
40ml Vegetable oil

1. Melt the chocolate, temper, add color, temper again, and then add the oil.
2. Fold in raisins and walnuts.
3. Dip the frozen cakes until fully covered.
3. Finish by decorating with Christmas ornaments and marshmallows.

Enjoy this cake and enjoy this season, mamas!

California Raisins are available in leading supermarkets nationwide. Learn more about California Raisins and recipes by visiting and or checking out their official Facebook Page at


  1. My Love of raisins too!
    i can finish a whole pack of eating it! Its always on my Grocery List.
    My Hubby would always know.. You cannot go out of the grocery store without a Pack of Raisins 😊 sarap talaga e.. Snacking out!
    I love to Bake too but without an Oven.. wala po kasi kami oven..

  2. wow! thank you po sa pagshare nito...

  3. Thanks for sharing this recipe! 😀 I love raisins on pastries!! Hope to try this someday pag kumpleto na ang baking equipments ❤️

  4. Yummy treat momshie. Ako honestlylove raisins :) kaya lahat ng food na meron nito love ko. Hehe

  5. Thanks for sharing the California Raisin Modern Christmas Cake Momsy. Can't wait to try it!

  6. Thanks for sharing the California Raisin recipes..
    Hope to share more tasty and yummy recipes..


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