Moist vegan fruit cake

    1 hour 20 min

    These wonderful fruit cakes are the perfect Christmas treat, which can be enjoyed anytime of the year. They are packed with fruit, nuts and spices.

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    Makes: 1 23cm tube cake and 1 loaf

    • 500g plain flour
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2 tablespoons cornflour
    • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
    • 750g unsweetened apple sauce
    • 175ml vegetable oil
    • 150g raisins
    • 175g chopped pitted dates
    • 450g crystallised mixed fruit
    • 240g chopped walnuts
    • 60g walnut halves
    • 170g halved glace cherries

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Preheat oven to 150 C / Gas 2. Grease one 23cm tube cake tin and one 23x13cm loaf tin.
    2. Sieve the flour, sugar, cocoa, cornflour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves into a large bowl. Stir in the apple sauce and oil, then mix in the raisins, dates, mixed fruit and 240g walnuts. Pour into the prepared tins to about 3/4 full.
    3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven or until a skewer inserted into the crown of the cake comes out clean.

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    This was gloriously moist. I ran out of walnuts and cherries but the recipe was robust to substitutions. One issue: I suspect the apple sauce has compromised some of this fruit cake's legendary longevity , I will be freezing mine to be on the safe side. Personally I will go easier on the cloves when I make this recipe again but it was delicious nonetheless!  -  29 Mar 2015


    Love this recipe! Easy to make (I am brand new to baking). Perfect for vegans, great for those who observe the Lent period.  -  29 Mar 2014


    In the early morning, whilst packing up enough food to feed eight in a very remote cottage on a new year break I suddenly realised I didn't have cake for my vegan son in law, so decided to quickly make the first recipe I stumbled upon.if I told you the changes I had to make to this recipe then you'd be amazed it turned out edible, never mind completely delicious. Not enough Apple? Try stewed rhubarb , no raisins? Use whatever is in your cupboard 😳 Dried cranberries, currants, apricots... Even prunes. And I have to say it really was gorgeous.  -  02 Jan 2017