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Diabetic Fruit Cake

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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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  • 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


    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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19th Dec, 2011
Aren't Dates very high in GL?
16th Oct, 2011
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?
3rd Jul, 2011
yes, it does keep well, and it can be frozen as well, obviously in portions.
2nd Jul, 2011
This sounds lovely - does it keep as well as ordinary fruit cake?
14th Jan, 2011
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?
25th Nov, 2010
Of course, bigbird3, and it tastes fine, just the same.
23rd Nov, 2010
Can I miss out the walnuts in this recipe as my husband doesn`t like nuts of any type?
10th Nov, 2010
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.
3rd Oct, 2010
Fantastic - great recipe - my husband recently diagnosed as a diabetic and this was a nice treat for him. Thank you.
16th Sep, 2010
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.


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