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Italian Wine Cake

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Ingredients
  Raisins 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Cold water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  All-purpose flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Unsweetened cocoa 2 Teaspoon
  Baking soda 2 Teaspoon
  Ground cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
  Ground nutmeg 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Butter/Margarine 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (1 Stick)
  Shortening 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Granulated sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Eggs 2
  Burgundy wine 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
  Chopped walnuts/Chopped pecans 1 Cup (16 tbs)
For frosting
  Confectioners sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Milk 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Chopped mixed candied fruit 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat the oven to 350F
2. Prepare two 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-by-2 3/4-inch pans by lightly greasing them. Set it aside till required.
3. Make the frosting by combining the confectioners sugar and milk and mix well.

MAKING
4. In a small saucepan, tip in the raisins and cover them with cold water. Bring this mixture to boil and then remove from heat and drain well. Set aside to cool.
5. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, place the butter, shortening and the granulated sugar and mix well. Beat this on medium speed till the mixture is smooth and fluffy.
6. Add the eggs one at a time to the bowl while beating constantly to get a uniform mix.
7. Add the flour mixture alternating with wine. Ensure that the beater is running constantly at low speed and start and end with the flour mixture.
8. Pour the prepared batter into the pans and then stir in the raisins and the nuts. Bake this for 30-50 minutes till the cake is firm and then remove the cakes to a wire rack to cool.
9. Decorate the cakes with frosting and spread the candied fruits on top of the cake

SERVING
10. Serve immediately

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Interest: 
Holiday
Drink: 
Wine
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
55 Minutes
Servings: 
2

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