Vegan Christmas cake served on baking parchment

Vegan Christmas cake

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 10 mins

Easy

cuts into 12 -15 slices

Substitute eggs for chia seeds in this vegan take on a traditional Christmas cake. The coconut oil adds a great background flavour and keeps the cake moist

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal550
  • fat25g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs67g
  • sugars57g
  • fibre3g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.15g
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Ingredients

  • 1kg mixed dried fruit (use a mix of raisins, sultanas, currants, cherries, cranberries, prunes or figs)
  • zest and juice of 1 orange
    Orange

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  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

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  • 150ml rum, plus extra for feeding
    Dark rum cocktail with a lime slice

    Rum

    rhum

    Rum is a type of spirit based on sugar cane. First produced in the 1600s on slave plantations in…

  • 250g coconut oil
  • 200g light soft brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 175g plain flour
  • 100g ground almonds
  • ½ tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 100g flaked almonds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Put the dried fruit, zests and juice, rum, coconut oil and sugar into a large pan set over a medium heat. Give it a good mix, bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 mins until the sugar has dissolved. Tip the mixture into a large bowl and leave to cool for 30 mins. 

  2. Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Line a deep 20cm cake tin with a double layer of baking parchment, then wrap a double layer of newspaper around the outside, tying it with string to secure. Mix the chia seeds with 150ml water. Leave to sit for 5 mins until gel-like and thick.

  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the fruit mixture, along with the chia seed mix, and stir well, making sure there are no pockets of flour. Tip into your prepared tin, level the top with a spoon and bake in the centre of the oven for 2 hrs.

  4. Remove the cake from the oven, poke holes in it with a skewer and spoon over 2 tbsp of rum. Leave the cake to cool completely in the tin.

  5. To store, peel off the baking parchment, then wrap well in cling film. Feed the cake with 1-2 tbsp alcohol every fortnight, until you ice it. Don’t feed the cake for the final week to give the surface a chance to dry before icing.

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