Vegan Gluten free Christmas Cake Fruit Cake full of nuts, dried fruits, candied ginger. Soft, Flavorful and great for gifting. Vegan Soyfree Recipe. #veganricha #vegan #glutenfree | VeganRicha.com
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Vegan Gluten free Christmas Cake - Fruit Cake

Vegan Gluten free Christmas Cake Fruit Cake full of nuts, dried fruits, dates, seeds, candied ginger. Soft, Flavorful and great for gifting. Vegan Soyfree Recipe. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Vegan
Servings: 10
Calories: 231kcal
Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice or a combination with liquor (upto half cup of rum, brandy, whiskey or a mix)
  • 1.25 to 1.5 cups dried fruits and nuts (I use pecans, cashews, walnuts, roasted sunflower seeds, candied ginger, currants, chopped dates, candied orange peel, cherries/apricots etc)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (not optional as they help thicken the leftover orange juice. You an use 1.5 tbsp flax seed meal as a sub)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp oil (I use organic safflower)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white rice flour
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp citric acid , optional **
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  • Add juice, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and chia seeds to a bowl and mix. Let sit refrigerated for a few hours to overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Line a loaf pan with parchment or grease it. 
  • Take the juice bowl out from the fridge. Add sugar, oil and vanilla to the bowl and mix in until sugar is combined. In another bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk. (You can omit the citric acid from the dry. I like the air it adds to gluten-free baked goods. See my glutenfree cinnamon roll bread post for details about the use of citric acid) 
  • Combine the dry and wet and mix to make a batter. Drop in parchment lined pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. Check with a toothpick from the center of the cake. it should come out almost clean. Bake longer if needed. 
  • Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan. Cool completely before slicing (cool lightly covered by a towel). Store on the counter covered for upto 2 days, refrigerate for upto 10, freeze for upto 2 months. If using liquor, you can store the cake on the counter and refrigerator for longer. 

Notes

Glaze options: You can glaze this cake with some fruit preserves heated up and mixed with rum or bourbon. Or heat 2 tbsp vegan butter, 4 tbsp sugar and 2 tbsp liquor until sugar dissolves to make a smooth glaze.
 
Make this with regular flour, use 1.25 to 1.5 cups of spelt flour or a mix of whole wheat and all purpose. or use my spiced fruit cake recipe
 
** See Citric acid use above in the post. To sub, just omit it and add a tbsp more almond flour. 
You can also use whipped aquafaba. Whip 3 tbsp aquafaba until soft peaks and fold into the batter just before baking, Use 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp orange juice instead of 1 whole cup in the batter. 
Nutrition is 1 of 10 slices

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1.1% | Vitamin C: 15.3% | Calcium: 7.7% | Iron: 4.9%