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Diabetic Fruit Cake

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Cooking time

3 to 6 hours soaking time, plus 1 hour cooling time

Servings

Serves 1 - 12 Pieces

This is a very good cake, without sugar and eggs, suitable for diabetics or those watching their weight.

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Ingredients

  • Diabetic Fruit Cake.
  • 450grms. mixed vine fruits
  • 2tbsps. dry cognac or whiskey
  • 225grms. chopped dates
  • 50grms. chopped walnuts or roasted chopped almonds
  • 2tsps. mixed spice
  • 3tsps.baking powder
  • 225grms. wholemeal flour
  • 275mls. water
  • 1 orange rind
  • 1 lemon rind
  • About 4 tbsps. warm water

Method

    1. Mix the mixed vine fruits in the cognac or whiskey.
    2. Melt the chopped dates in the 4 tbsps. water very slowly mixing all the time, over low heat. Mix with the vine fruits. Let the mixture stand in a cool place for 3 to 6 hours.
    3. Sift the flour, baking powder and the mixed spice, add the rinds and the chopped nuts.
    4. Mix the flour mixture with the fruit mixture well and put the cake mixture in a greased loaf tin measuring approximately 12cms. x 22cms.
    5. Bake in a preheated oven, gas mark 4 or 195 degrees celius for about 50 mins. Check with a skewer. If it comes out clean, then the cake will be ready.
    6. Let cool for about 1 hour.

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darkazana's picture

I am also diabetic and have studied the subject in great detail, and the type of sugar found in fruits fresh or dried is of the slow breakdown type, so this cake is not as bad as is being reported. It is the fats in food which are actually the culprits, more than added sugar, as the sat fats are what stop the insulin doing its job properly in moving glucose to where it is needed.

Mojopearl's picture
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This cake is NOT suitable for diabetics due to the high fruit content.
A cake like this should only VERY rarely be eaten by diabetics. A slice and Easter or Xmas.

theblender2012's picture

To be honest I dont think the dates worked for me with this recipe so I am going to remove the dates and increase the mxd fruit x 50gms.
I am also going to put 2 tsp mxd spice, 2 tsp cinnamon and 2 tsp nutmeg.
Being type 2 diabetic I am going to try to calculate the grammes of carbohydrate per slice for my own personal use.
Will update when the next cake has been consumed.

hobittual's picture

It is highly irresponsible to promote this type of recipe as being diabetic safe. You can cause irrepairable harm to yourself if you are diabetic and continue to eat food like this.

M60JAL's picture

I have been type 2 diabetic for 15 years, but although I have diabetes, diabetes does not have me. Enjoy the life you have rather than sacrifice it to the condition.

ritagior's picture

Hi Jez, I never tried it in a round tin, but I think an 18cms. round cake tin will do.

jez2012's picture

hi rita,can i use round cake tin intead of a loaf tin? and what size please. Thanks

madeitwithlove's picture

Sorry but this cake, although is probably lovely should not be encouraged as diabetic safe cake. Dried fruits have high natural sugar content, much, much more than fresh fruits, the end result being no different to eating a cake with normal or half sugar cakes. Any one not versed in how sugars and carbs work would inadvertently be consuming this product without realising potential damaging properties. Every thing in moderation would be better advised rather than endorsing a cake made with dried fruits as diabetic safe. Please refer to Bristish Diabetic Association Diabetes UK, for expert advice, my advice only comes from personal experience (my mother was diabetic).

madeitwithlove's picture

Sorry but this cake, although is probably lovely should not be encouraged as diabetic safe cake. Dried fruits have high natural sugar content, much, much more than fresh fruits, the end result being no different to eating a cake with normal or half sugar cakes. Any one not versed in how sugars and carbs work would inadvertently be consuming this product without realising potential damaging properties. Every thing in moderation would be better advised rather than endorsing a cake made with dried fruits as diabetic safe. Please refer to Bristish Diabetic Association Diabetes UK, for expert advice, my advice only comes from personal experience (my mother was diabetic).

angied6503's picture

Aren't Dates very high in GL?

marksanz's picture

i slightly burnt mine as gas mark 4 is 180c not 195c. Thought it tasted more like a bread pudding than a fruit cake. a bit disappointing. has anyone got any other recipes for a diabetic fruit cake?

ritagior's picture

yes, it does keep well, and it can be frozen as well, obviously in portions.

domesticbodess's picture

This sounds lovely - does it keep as well as ordinary fruit cake?

vicky6968's picture
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Perfect with a nice cup of tea! Much better than I expected, we are not diabetic but when it tastes as good as this, who needs sugar?

ritagior's picture

Of course, bigbird3, and it tastes fine, just the same.

bigbird3's picture

Can I miss out the walnuts in this recipe as my husband doesn`t like nuts of any type?

bwydbbc's picture
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This is a brilliant cake, baked in the fist instance for a diabetic friend but adopted by all the family as a healthier option.

My variations:
1. simmering the dates in the 275mls water;
2. baking the mixture in 2 x 1lb loaf tins ( "a little of what you fancy . . . ")
3. substituting ground almonds to disguise the nuts from a 4 year old who's decided that he doesn't like them.

tapestry's picture

Fantastic - great recipe - my husband recently diagnosed as a diabetic and this was a nice treat for him. Thank you.

ritagior's picture

At step 4,
Mix the flour mixture with the fruit mixture and the 275mls. water and put the cake mixture in a greased loaf tin measuring approximately 12cms x 22cms.

davidgriswald's picture
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A good friend had been diagnosed as being a diabetic and therefore couldn't have our normal cakes. I tried this recipe and our friend was overjoyed, almost to tears. The recipe has 275ml of water but does include this in the method. Dates were to be dissolved in 4 tbsp of water which I found not to be enough as the dates became thick and sticky. I added this to the dried fruit and brandy, then added 275ml of Guinness and left it to soak for 6 hours. The resulting cake was wonderful. No sugar, butter or eggs. Our friend bought me a double whisky which I found to be equally wonderful!

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