Sometime ago I blogged about a cake I made my son that had no refined sugar, no fat and no dairy. Yes, can you believe it???!!!!! I called it George’s cake, because he loved it and I had designed it for him. This week I started thinking that this cake would make a fantastic Christmas Cake, especially for diabetics, those on a diet and vegans. I’m writing about this now because this cake is quick to make and doesn’t need to be made ahead of time so if you haven’t made a Christmas cake yet and wish you had, here is your chance! You could make this cake plain or add mazipan and icing. Here is my recipe for George’s Cake adapted for a Christmas feel:
- 250g sultanas,
- 275ml water
- 85g plain flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 3 tsp ground mixed spice
- 85g wholemeal flour
- 400g bag dried, mixed fruit (choose a variety of fruit to make up the weight if you prefer, I like to use dates and dried figs)
- 75g chopped mixed peel
- 80ml orange juice
- Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3, grease a large cake tin and line with baking paper.
- Place the sultanas and water in a pan, bring to the boil, remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
- Sieve together the plain flour, wholemeal flour, baking powder and mixed spice into a bowl.
- Add mixed fruit and mix together.
- Stir in the wet sultana mixture as well as the orange juice. Mix well.
- Spoon into the cake tin.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Turn out onto a wire rack and cool.
Try using marzipan and royal icing to make this a real Christmas Cake.