Tuesday, November 30, 2010

XMAS CAKE DAY - VEGAN CHRISTMAS CAKE

 
FINN MAKING THE CAKE

The snow has the kids off school today so we are all at home and hanging about. I decided it was the perfect day to (rather belatedly for me) make the Christmas Cake. Luckily, I bought the ingredients weeks ago - there is no getting to the shops today.

I was tempted this year to make a "new" cake but I just love this one, so here goes again. I used it as my wedding cake in May and it worked a treat then too. People contact me every year to say they have made the cake, so if you do, I'd love to hear from you.

Get all your ingredients weighed and ready in advance. This recipe makes a lovely moist, boozy and fruity cake. We eat it plain but you can buy vegan marzipan and icing to decorate it if you like.

THE CAKE MIX

INGREDIENTS

350 gr wholegrain spelt flour
175gr vegan marg
175gr light muscovado sugar
1 tsp mixed spice
150gr sultanas
200gr raisins
150gr dates
50 gr flaked almonds
1 tblsp treacle
100gr glacé cherries, halved
grated zest of an orange
2 tblsps ground almonds
120ml soya milk
2 tblsps red wine vinegar
¾ tsp of bread soda (bicarbonate of soda)
6 tblsps (90ml) brandy

METHOD

• Preheat oven to 150˚C
• Grease an 8” cake tin and line with a double layer of greased greaseproof
• Sieve the flour and spice
• Rub in the marg until the mix is like breadcrumbs
• Stir in the flaked almonds and treacle
• Add the sugar, dried fruit, cherries, orange zest and ground almonds and mix
• Warm half the soya milk in a small pot and add the vinegar
• Dissolve the bread soda in the rest of the soya milk, then add
this to the milk and vinegar mix
• Stir this into flour and fruit mix until well combined
• Spoon mix into greased tin and smooth the top
• Bake for 2 hours, until a skewer/cocktail stick comes out clean
• Leave cake in tin to cool, then turn out and peel off greaseproof
• Prick cake with a cocktail stick and feed with a third of the brandy
• Wrap cake in greaseproof and store in a tin
• Feed with the rest of the brandy at weekly intervals

 CÚÁN AND JUNO, MAKING A WISH

THE FINISHED CAKE

11 comments:

Mrs MacAninch said...

SO happy that I came across your blog. I will be making this cake for Christmas this year!! Can't wait to feed it to my non-vegan family!!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Mrs Mac - we've already started eating ours. Irresistible! And vegans and non vegans alike love it. I'm vegetarian, it's my husband who is vegan.

Electricwitch said...

This is my first Christmas as a Vegan, although I've been vegetarian for 36 years.SoI've nee scoring the net for Vegan Christmas food,I'm making this cake tomorrow and am excited to see how it turns out.

Electricwitch.

Kar said...

Great post, GREAT Cake! and fab family snap shot - the cuteness of Finn in his dotty apron!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Electricwitch - hope it went well!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Kar - ta! Cuteness!

Our cake is nearly all gone now :(

Electricwitch said...

Thrilled with my cake thanks so much for posting it.Will put some pics up of it on my blog.Is it ok to put a link to your blog on it?

Electricwitch.

Kate Quinn said...

Yay! I'm making it yet again this year (today actually) :)
Have been doing so since 2009!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Electric W - link away! I would like to see the cake love being shared!

Kate - that's so great to hear!

Mrs MacAninch said...

Just wanted to let you know that I made your Christmas cake and it was amazing!! Everyone loved it. Thanks for sharing such a simple, yet delicious recipe. Can't wait to make it again!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Great Mrs Mac - so glad it worked out :)