Gluten-free Christmas cake

    1 hour 50 min

    The whole family will enjoy this Christmas cake and won't even know it's gluten free. Packed with all the traditional fruit and spices, it's both gluten free and dairy free.

    16 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 200g chopped dates
    • 275ml boiling water
    • 4 tablespoons orange juice
    • 200g mixed dried fruit
    • 175g gluten free flour
    • 40g ground almonds
    • 3 teaspoons gluten free baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 lemon, zested
    • whole almonds, for garnish

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Extra time:10min soaking  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 160 C / Gas 3. Line a large loaf tin with baking parchment.
    2. Place chopped dates in boiling water and let soak until soft, about 10 minutes. Mash with a fork and stir in orange juice.
    3. Combine dried fruit, flour, ground almonds, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl. Stir in date mixture and lemon zest. Turn into prepared tin; press whole almonds on top of cake mixture to make a decorative pattern.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 90 minutes.


    Instead of a loaf tin, you can bake this cake in a 20cm or 23cm square cake tin. Adjust baking time as needed.

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