Sugar-free wholemeal Christmas cake

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    Wholemeal flour, walnuts and naturally sweet dried fruit make this sugar-free, dairy-free and egg-free cake a perfect alternative for diabetics during Christmas.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 500g raisins
    • 475ml water
    • 235ml vegtable oil
    • 1 pinch of salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 300g wholemeal flour
    • 150g plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    • 60g chopped walnuts
    • 4 tablespoons lemon zest

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:1hr50min  ›  Ready in:2hr 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease two loaf tins.
    2. Combine raisins, water, vegetable oil, salt and cinnamon in a saucepan. Bring to the boil; simmer gently for 30 minutes.
    3. Sift flours, bicarb and baking powder into raisin mixture; mix well. Fold in vanilla, walnuts and lemon zest. Divide cake mixture between prepared tins.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 160 C / Gas 3, and continue to bake until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

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    Quite a good reduced sugar recipe. Made it for my brother, who is Type 1. Used spelt flour instead of wheat, and suspect it would be ok with gluten free flour too. I added 2 eggs to bind, but the final result was still very crumbly- it probably needs gum or more eggs if you are going wheat free, just to give it more 'stick'! It is quite sweet enough with the dried fruit ---which I had soaked in a cup of rum for a week before baking. Next time I am going to try soaking the fruit in strong cold tea overnight (like you would a welsh or Irish tealoaf), as the cake was still quite dry, and feeding the cake with some alcohol once baked. The quantities given in the recipe are huge- enough for two full-sized cakes, so I made one with added walnuts and almond pieces for my brother, and one with dates instead for me, as I am allergic. Will halve the quantities next time to make two 1lb cakes. I do wonder if you could get away with adding some dark agave syrup or unsweetened applesauce, and playing around with the other ingredients to make it moister and more like christmas cake. But as it stands this is a tasty cake, rather like a tealoaf, and my brother was pleased to have one- able to enjoy christmas cake for the first time in years, so thanks for posting. PS it took more than 30 + 45 mins in the oven but I just kept checking until it was done, so no problem really. Normal christmas cake usually takes 2-3 hours on a lower setting.  -  28 Dec 2013


    I am from the USA and made it this weekend. I am type 2 and I loved it. Tasted traditionally British to me!  -  08 Dec 2014


    I see previous reviews regarding egg and milk but egg and milk ingredients were not used in this wholemeal Christmas cake. I found the recipe was not good the cakes turned out too dry and just crumbled away what a waste of time and money very very disappointed  -  13 Nov 2017