Christmas Cake is Mandatory !!!!

Traditional Christmas Cake
Gluten Free, Dairy Free , Vegan and Nut Free

Do I need to apologise ??????

Most certainly not πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’ve made this timely so next year you don’t forget 😜😜😜……..” must make Christmas Cake Halloween is over ”

Now for some making a cake and not eating it for weeks must sound appalling !!!! But calm your passion , this has been done for centuries and well I’m not one to mess with history πŸ™ŠπŸ™Š

Quick history lesson then πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Dried fruit in Winter !!!! Absolutely we are British, what grows in winter πŸ˜‚

So its seasonal and traditional too

Christmas Cake started life as porridge !!! Developed into the pudding (that’s a whole different recipe for nearer to Christmas ).

We then got clever in the 16th Century and added flour and eggs, and finally someone decided the imported spices that came from the East would resemble ‘ The Wise Men’

Obviously this took a while to get there but eventually we get
THE CHRISTMAS CAKE ……….here endeth to days lesson in British History 😜😜

Now the cake……. this is a recipe developed over time, memories for mothers bakes , adapted to GF , then GF, V

As with all Christmas Cakes, its not to be eaten before the day cutting it is a nightmare and I bust a gut to get you todays crumbporn

I had to make a smaller cake, dowse it in brandy and leave it two days and pray it would cut !!!!

Ive spent time showing how to line the tin, sorry if I offend you ( well its me!!! Im not 😜) but as those that follow me know the blog is here to help you over come fears….if I put line a tin with triple parchment would you all know what I meant? ……plus I want it done right ….I will be watching 😈😈

This bake is easy !!!! Just work the directions as I’ve written them and it a great upper arm work out !!!

So lets get this started and finished and you have Cake for Christmas sorted and after the price I’ve seen so the tiniest Free from Cake , you have an absolute bargain 😍😍😍

Lets Bake !!!!

David and Goliath of the Christmas Cake world !!! 1/4 recipe 5 in tin πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ

Traditional Christmas Cake GF, DF V and Nut Free

  • Servings: 16 or 32 depending that's up to you
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A Fruit Cake packed with dried fruit and full of flavour

This Cake needs to be made 4/6 weeks minimum in advance of Christmas….. feed weekly with 20 ml of Dark Spirits, I prefer Brandy or for non booze Strong black Breakfast tea cooled . Prick cake and add

Made in 8 in Square tin or 9 in round

For Gluten Free Dairy Free Version…. use 1 tsp of Baking Soda only and add 4 medium Eggs ( US large ) after the syrups and omit the Apple Cider Vinegar


  • 150 ml Sunflower/ Vegetable OIl
  • 280 g Gluten free Plain Flour ( if not using your own blend i advise Doves Farm UK or Pilsbury US )
  • 1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum ( omit if your flour blend has it in )
  • 650 g Sultanas
  • 300 g Raisins
  • 20 g Dates
  • 20 g Dried Pineapple ( hydrated in 50mls boiling water )
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cardamon
  • 1 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 120 g Dark Treacle ( or Molasses )
  • 180 g Golden Syrup ( Brown Race syrup )
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 50 g Grated Raw Carrot
  • 1 Orange Zested
  • 2 lemons Zested


  1. Pre heat your oven to 120 C Fan / 140 C Standard / 285 F
  2. Hydrate your pineapple in 50 mls of boiling water and leave to stand
  3. Grease and line your tin with 3 sheets of parchment paper !!!!!
  4. The Tricky bit !!!! Easiest to show you in pictures πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    IT NEEDS TO BE NEAT or you cake will have scruffy sides !!!!

    Pretend you are wrapping a box

  5. Weigh out the flour,baking soda, salt , Xanthan ( if using ), Cardamon and Spices out and mix with a whisk
  6. Sieve into a LARGE bowl
  7. 6.Measure out all the fruit and chop the dates into small pieces

  8. Add the fruit to the flour and toss til covered in flour. I find using my hands best
  9. Grate the citrus zest
  10. Measure out the Golden syrup and Treacle
  11. 10.Measure out the oil and the Apple cider vinegar and combine

  12. Add the Golden Syrup and treacle and stir in as best you can !!!! its hard
  13. Add the eggs IF USING and mix
  14. Add the oil mix , Pineapple and pineapple water, grated carrot orange and lemon zest
  15. Mix well, you will need some elbow grease ….get working
  16. Turn out into a pan and press in and flatten
  17. Cover with parchment snuggly
  18. Bake in the oven for 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours , until a cocktail stick or cake tester comes out clean
  19. Leave to cool in the tin……..over night
  20. Lift out on the tin in with all the parchment and cover tin two sheets of tin foil !!!!!

There you go all done….feeling smug I hope, you’ve a bake out the way !!!

One less job in ‘Silly Season’

Do not forget to feed your cake, you want it to mature !!! Grow up into a grown up cake ( Very Mullered if you are using booze πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ). I have told you in the recipe what to do ….just incase you tend to look at the pretty pictures 😜😜😜

I even opened my coloured glace Cherries I snaffled away last year !!!!


Festive !!!! Don’t you think
Naked as the day it was baked ….just Brush it with some marmalade and top with Cherries
See Cherries 😜😜
ultimate #fruitplump ( really I wrote that πŸ™ŠπŸ™Š)

Merry NOT Christmas

Now obviously I havent decorated this years cake because the one you see in the pictures is currently wrapped as you saw and getting fed weekly !!!

But in true ‘ Blue Peter ‘ Style …… nope the Americans have no clue…….here’s one I made earier……..well last year and its fully clothed !!!!

If I remember I will add this years one to the post when its done

Christmas 2018 and the exact same recipe….under its dress !!!

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Until Next week


Author: clarescauldron

UK first time blogger. Intolerance baking is my passion. Hobbiest but a tad obsessedπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

11 thoughts on “Christmas Cake is Mandatory !!!!”

    1. My oh my, Clare!!! That cake looks like it has tradition written all over it πŸ’• I’ve never ventured into making something along these lines but, this year, I think I may have to include a little piece of love into my kitchen from across the pond! Plus, it’s a #boozybake!! What’s not to love? πŸŽ„

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      1. The flour can be swapped in for Wheat and the egg equivalent is there. Its a cake of the season here and will Defiently bring something new to your table . πŸ’œπŸ’œ


  1. Really looking forward to trying this out Clare…….it looks Amazing! 😍 Do you think you could substitute olive oil for the veg oil? (Would it affect the cake?)
    Tried your chocolate cake out recently and it came out unbelievably delicious πŸ˜‹ Thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚


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