Mmmmm…… Christmas cake!!
My second Christmas as a Vulcan I mean Vegan, Began or whatever the label on my head says today 🙂
I eat honey so apparently I cannot label myself as a Vegan! Oh what a shame! Will I lose sleep over it ? No!
I eat a plant based diet with some organic raw honey on occasion.
This Crimbo I decided I wasn’t willing to miss out on the Christmas cake. I didn’t want to pay fortunes for a specifically labeled Vegan cake, even though maybe I cannot eat that as I’m not a vegan 🙂
I decided to make my own one!
The result was amazing, well I think it is! It is moist, fruity, Big! tasty, decadent, gorgeous and well just pure Yum!
I have decided to share the recipe for other Vulcans or anyone wanting a dairy free, egg free Crimbo/fruit cake.
340g plain flour or gluten free flour for a gluten free version
170g soft brown sugar
55g glace cherries – chopped
25g mixed peel – chopped
1/2 pint / 280ml soya milk (or you can use oat milk, rice milk, or coconut milk)
2 1/2oz / 70g soya or sunflower dairy free spread
finely grated rind of 1 lemon
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp mixed spice
pinch of salt
6 tbsp / 90ml brandy or Jack Daniels
1 pack of ready roll white icing
1 pack ready roll marzipan
3 tbsp orange marmalade
Place all dry ingredients into a bowl then rub in the dairy free spread. Stir in the sugar, currants, sultanas, raisins, peel and cherries. Add the lemon rind and give it a good stir. Add all but 2tbsp of the soya milk and stir lightly. Heat the remaining soya milk in a pan so it is warm but not boiling, you should be able to touch it without burning your finger. Pour on to the bicarb and then stir it thoroughly into the mixture, without actually beating.
Put into a lined baking tin, smooth and slightly hollow out centre.
Bake at about gas mark 4 for an hour, then turn down to gas mark 3 for a further 45 minutes. It’s done when a normal skewer comes out clean.
Add alcohol once cake cooled slightly, I added more later on in the day and more the following day 🙂
Wrap in baking paper to keep moist until you ice.
When you are ready to ice, spread marmalade onto cake so marzipan sticks,
roll out marzipan then place marzipan on cake, roll out icing then place on top of marzipan. I used left over icing to decorate.