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Vegan Alcohol and Gluten Free Christmas Cake Recipe

This Delicious and Rich Fruit Cake will become your new favourite recipe for Christmas and other family celebrations. It is free from Eggs, Dairy, Wheat, Gluten and Alcohol, and therefore suitable for everyone. And it is a proper Christmas cake too, with the icing made of 2 surprising ingredients : banana and icing sugar. But for a lighter Christmas cake, please feel free to leave out the icing. As this cake has less sugar and none of the alcohol of the traditional fruit cake, we would recommend baking it at most a week before Christmas. And the icing should be left until the day.

Customer Rating:
5.0 (5 votes)

Posted by: michael




> 2 hrs

Skill Level




Courses etc.

Baking Sweet
Christmas Recipes

You will need

500g mixed vine fruit with peel More products
100g glace cherries, roughly chopped More products
150g gluten free flour OR More products
150g brown rice flour More products
1 Tbsp mixed spice More products
1 whole apple, grated

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50g dark muscovado sugar More products
1 orange, juice and zest More products
1/4 cup or 60ml rapeseed oil OR More products
1/4 cup or 60ml sunflower oil OR

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1/4 cup or 60ml or 60g melted coconut oil More products
1 tsp xanthan gum if using rice flour - omit if using gluten free flour mix More products
75ml filtered water
ICING (optional):
2 Tbsp apricot jam gently warmed

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250g marzipan More products
250g icing sugar More products
1 banana, still firm More products

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  • Pre-heat your oven to 150C or 300F (120C if you have a fan oven). Place the flour, mixed spice and fruits into a bowl. Mix well using a wooden spoon or your hands, so that the fruits are thoroughly coated with flour.
  • Put the grated apple into a larger bowl, along with the sugar, orange juice and zest and oil, and mix well using a hand whisk.
  • Now add the water and xanthan gum and mix well again.
  • Stir in the fruit and flour mixture, and mix until just well combined.
  • Transfer the batter to a prepared 7 inch (18cm) cake tin, pressing to flatten the surface.
  • Cover the surface of the cake with a round of grease-proof paper and bake for about 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  • Once cooked, let the cake cool completely in the tin. At this stage, you can either eat the cake, or keep it to eat later, or keep it to ice and eat later.
  • To ice the cake, start by gently warming the apricot (or other) jam and brushing it over the top and the sides of the cake.
  • Roll the marzipan out on a lightly floured surface, then gently lift it over the cake. Gently press to make it stick to the top and sides of the cake and cut off any excess marzipan.
  • Place the icing sugar and half of the banana into a food processor and process into a stiff icing. Only add the rest of the banana, little by little, if you need the icing to be less stiff.
  • Spread the icing over the marzipan and add Christmas-themed decorations.

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