this egg free fruit cake is a light, moist, crumbly christmas fruit cake. this is also an eggless and vegan recipe of christmas fruit cake.
for soaking in rum
black raisins (seedless)
chopped candied orange peels or candied citrus peels
8 to 9
dry cherries or glazed cherries
or 1 cup fresh orange juice or apple juice
for making fruit cake batter
all purpose flour
or 187 grams
whole wheat flour
or 120 grams
demerara sugar or brown sugar
or powdered sugar or 250 grams demerara or brown sugar or 250 grams powdered sugar
oil or melted butter
or 250 ml
soy milk or any nut milk or dairy milk
or 250 ml
apple cider or regular vinegar
the spice mix for cake
or nutmeg powder, about 2 to 3 pinches of nutmeg powder
soaking the dry fruits
firstly chop all the dry fruits and take them in a bowl or a jar. pour rum in the bowl or jar.
cover and let the dry fruits soak for 12 or 24 hours.
in between stir or shake so that all the dry fruits get soaked properly.
in a dry grinder, grind the "whole spices" (or spice mix mentioned above in ingredients section). keep aside.
prepare a loaf pan or a round cake pan by greasing it very well with oil.
you can also line the pan with butter paper.
preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
making fruit cake batter
sieve the flours, baking powder and the powdered spice mix.
add the soaked dry fruits along with the leftover rum.
add oil and demerara sugar. also add vanilla extract. mix well.
in a bowl or mug add soy milk. now add apple cider and stir gently.
add baking soda and stir. add this frothing mixture to the cake batter.
stir and mix quickly but uniformly.
baking fruit cake
shake the pan lightly so that the cake batter is spread evenly throughout the whole pan.
pour in the cake pan.
bake the cake in the preheated oven for 180 degrees celsius for 50 minutes to 70 minutes or more or less depending on your type of oven.
either wrap the christmas fruit cake in a cling film or store in a container.
tips for making fruit cake
if the top of the cake browns quickly, then cover the top with butter paper or aluminium foil.
instead of soy milk you can use dairy milk or nut milk.
instead of oil you can use butter.
do add the candied peels as they really add some bitter notes to the cake which is otherwise sweet and this is what makes the christmas fruit cake different from a regular fruit cake.
the dry fruits mixture can be soaked in orange juice instead of rum. you can also use a half half mixture of rum and wine if you want.
if using orange juice
then just soak for 1 day only and keep the bowl in the fridge. if kept outside even for 1 day in a warm climate like that of india, the orange juice will get spoilt.
the fruit cake can also be completely made with whole wheat flour (atta) or all purpose flour (maida).
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