Bake your Rum Cake for the Christmas Party

Hello our awesome readers!

We take this opportunity to share our heartiest wishes in advance on the occasion of Christmas. Merry Christmas and season’s greetings to all. Christmas time is the only time when we try to bake our very popular rum cake at home. This extremely delicious rum cake is the essence of Christmas celebrations. It’s indeed a perfect blend of bitter-sweet taste that leaves us craving for more every time we take a bite from that amazingly delicious cake.

The traditional fruit/plum cake is the cake that is most sought after by our dedicated customers at Nibs. Much ahead of our extremely popular cake mixing workshop, which is scheduled on 14th of this month, we bring you a pre-cursor to our cake recipe, exclusively for our blog readers.

Here we give you the secret recipe of our traditional rum cake which is a superhit since the very beginning. But, the ingredients quantity mentioned in the recipe is for about 30-35 people, which serves very conveniently a Christmas bash.

Recipe of Plum cake


Serves a party of 50 people

Ingredients- First Set

1kg Maida

1 Kg Sugar

1 Kg Salted Butter

200 ml Vegetable Oil

200 gm jam (preferable Strawberry Jam)

100 gm milk powder

100 gm custard powder

20 gm baking powder

150 gm Cocoa Powder

Vanilla Essence (30ml)

Lemon, Pineapple, Orange, Butter (30 ml each)

25 ml Caramel

25 gm Garam Masala powder

Ingredients- Second Set

Fruit mixture to be made separately as it takes 7 days of soaking


6kg candid orange peel

4kg cashews

4kg dates

2kg rasins

2kg black current

6kg dry petha

6kg tuti fruity

4 Bottles of Rum

2kgs Ginger

For Fruit Mixture

At normal room temperature, soak all the fruit ingredients listed above in rum and make sure the rum touches the surface of the container keeping it for a minimum 7 days. The container needs to be air-tight and fruits must be completely soaked into the mixture so that it absorbs the complete essence of rum and other ingredients.

Final mixing

Once the fruit mixture is ready, start mixing the ingredients mentioned in the first set one by one. Remember that a whisking is the most important part of the cake making. As much as the cake mixture is whisked properly, the cake will in return turn out to be deliciously exotic.


Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Butter a 6×3-inch round pan or loaf pan and line it with parchment paper.

Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons rum.

It is always best to bake the cake and keep for two days and then serve it to enhance the taste of the cake.

For any further queries on the recipe please drop in comments so that we may help bake your own cake.


Replace sweets with Cup Cakes for the year end festivities

It is that time of the year when festivities are at its peak. Post the grand festival of Diwali, there are still many festivities and occasions lined up for the year. And when we talk about festivities we talk about gifting and treats. Living in a country like ours, sweets are the perfect treat for celebrations.

What we see as a common practice or a protocol during the festive seasons is gifting those regular sweets from your nearest Bengali Sweets or buying a box of Cadbury’s which is quite a passé. We at Nibs believe in experimenting with sweets and we have always exhibited an extra sweet tooth for the sweet lovers. So if you are ready to experiment and surprise your family members and friends with a dish of your own this season we can help you to do so.

The answer is in preparation and innovation which you can do with something as basic as cakes. If you believe making cakes is a rocket science you are still living in the 18th century. At Nibs, we motivate and help home makers to be an expert in making delicacies that are not only amazing in taste but are also easy to make.

Coming straight from our master chef, we present to you recipes of making Cup Cakes easy and quick. Let’s begin with something that is very easy and yet a delight especially for kids in your family.

QUICK CHOCOLATE CUP CAKE RECIPE: This super speedy cupcake recipe is perfect for when you’re in a hurry. Pop them in the oven and you’ll have a yummy treat that’s ready to be served in just 20 minutes


Serving Size:


Prep Time:

10 mins

 Cook Time:

20 mins


  • 100g butter
  • 2/3 cup (195g) caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk

 Chocolate butter cream frosting

  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups (195g) icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tbsp cocoa, sifted
  • 1 tbsp milk


Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line cupcake tins with cases.

Using a mixer, cream butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy and fluffy. Gradually add eggs and mix until just combined.

Combine flour, cocoa and bicarbonate soda. Add to creamed mixture with milk. Beat until just combined.

Spoon mixture into liners until each case is one-third full. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

To make the chocolate butter cream:

Beat butter until light and fluffy. Add icing sugar and cocoa and combine well. Beat in milk until mixture is fluffy.

Cup cakes can be the perfect sweet for this season. You can make a variety of cup cakes depending on your taste and the guests that you want to cater to. They are extremely handy and easy to eat and distribute as well. Also, making cup cakes will definitely make you popular amongst children. 🙂

Now, If you want to try your hands on something which is a tad more detailed, we have something for you that can be made with ease but requires some precise baking while you are making these cup cakes.



Serving Size:

16 cupcakes


  • 1 ½ cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 125g butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups mashed bananas ( approx. 4 medium bananas)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • 125g butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/4 cup pure icing sugar


Preheat oven to 180°C (fan forced).

In a medium sized mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarb soda and salt and with a fork, mix together until all combined, create a well in the centre.

Add the melted butter, eggs, banana and vanilla essence.

Stir through with fork until well combined.

Fill muffin pans with your cupcake papers, then spoon in the mixture until it reaches approx the half full.

Place in oven for 12-18 minutes until golden brown on top. Leave to cool.

To make the frosting, mix all ingredients together for about 5 minutes with an electric mixer, until they become silky and pale. Fill a ziplock bag with a corner cut off – or if you wish to ice freehand with a knife – and cover the cupcake with a swirl of honey cream.

These cupcakes can be the ideal dessert or even a post dinner snack. Enjoy the festivities this season with a cupcake smile. Do leave your precious comments and also let us know if you have any cupcake recipe of your own. Drop in at Nibs Café anytime and share what you think of us.

7 things only a chocolate lover would understand

It’s that time of the year

Your birthday is THE day when you do not think of added calories stocking up on your belly. You try to gulp all the chocolate that is possibly there on the planet coz people live to eat chocolates to be specific


Chocolates- your favorite pastime

Your roomie is off for a vacation with her boyfriend and all you do is watch DDLJ and EAT CHOCOLATE!


Breakup chocolate therapy

The only good thing about break up is that your friends let you eat as many chocolates as you want and they are the only rescue for your heartbreak!


How Could You?

You meet this person who says he doesn’t love chocolates and just can’t stand these! You are shocked! You fail to understand why and how anybody can hate chocolates. I mean, that was supposed to be the only gift that god ever bestowed on mankind!


Going out is easy

Going out with friends or family is easy since you exactly know where they could get nice chocolate desserts and they often give in to your choice.


So what, everybody does that, isn’t it?

Your friends know what to gift you

Your friends always give you chocolates on your birthday, your partner gifts you chocolates on Valentine’s and your family brings chocolates whenever they visit you. It is easy for them to choose gifts for you. Coz everybody knows that you love chocolates!


A bite?

Just if anybody, even your best friend asks you for a bite, this is what you feel


If you are a true chocolate fan, then you ought to check out our chocolate workshops! And we promise that there wont be a thing that you wont try and step out! check out more for interesting blogs, recipes and more…