Traditional Christmas Cake Recipe (Eggless and Vegan Options)
Traditional Christmas Cake is rich in dried fruits and nuts, marinated in brandy is delicious and a must bake for every baker. There are many different ways of making this cake and this one is much close to the original, but a quick recipe. Typically the fruit and brandy mixture is made to sit for a month or even more like a year. Then the cake is made to soak in more brandy after it has been baked for about 2 - 3 weeks. You can add a chocolate glaze to the cake topped with cherries or almonds or both. Delicious!
3/4 cup sultanas
1/4 cup chopped prunes
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup chopped dried figs
150 ml rum or brandy | just avoid this completely if you don’t want to use alcohol
60 ml fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature (1-1/2 cups canola or vegetable oil)
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
4 eggs or Flaxmeal Egg Replacer
1/4 cup of almond meal (almonds powered)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon dry ground ginger
1 cup chopped almonds or macadamia nuts
Directions for Traditional Christmas Cake Recipe
To begin making the Eggless or Vegan Christmas Cake Recipe, we first have to soak all the dry fruits in rum and juice (you can avoid the rum). This process helps ferment the fruits and also helps to release all the flavors and make the christmas cake moist and rich.
Place the sultanas, dried prunes, dried dates, dried figs and dried apricots into a large mixing bowl. Pour over the rum and orange juice and sprinkle over the orange zest. Mix until well combined, then cover the bowl with cling film and set aside overnight or a few weeks or a month or a year. They say the longer you ferment, the fruits get fermented, the richer the taste of the christmas cake.
Proceed to the remaining steps are once the fermentation of the fruits are over.
Preheat the oven to 170 C.
Sift the flour, baking powder and the spices together and keep aside. I like to sift it twice over as the flour gets good air pockets and also makes the cake more fluffy.
Line the base and sides of a 9 inch spring foam cake pan with a double layer parchment paper, making sure the paper reaches the top of the tin.
In a large bowl or a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, whisk the butter (oil) and sugar together until fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs (flaxmeal egg replacer), one at a time. Add in the flour slowly until well combined.
Slowly add in the soaked dried fruits, its liquids, the almond powder, chopped nuts and combine it into the flour mixture. Dont over beat, we just want all the ingredients to be well combined.
Spoon the above cake mixture into the spring foam pan and level the surface with the back of a spoon. Bake for 1 and a half hours approximately or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
The cake typically tends to darken a lot during baking, if this happens cover the top with parchment paper in the middle of the baking process.
Once the christmas cake is baked remove it from the oven allow it to cool completely in the pan.
Store the Christmas Cake (eggless/ vegan) in an airtight container, wrapped in greaseproof paper and aluminium foil, for two to three months.
You can also bake the Traditional Christmas Cake in smaller pans and gift them to your family this holiday season.
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