Moist vegan fruit cake


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About this recipe: 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.


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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Reviews (2)


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


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

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