Fruit cakes and Christmas celebrations go hands in hands. Infused with jolly holiday spices and delicious rum-soaked fruits and nuts, relishing a Christmas fruit cake has become more of a tradition, to speak of. It is a classic Christmas cake recipe which has urged everyone to enter their kitchen at this time of the year and experiment with their baking skills. It is a light, crumbly, moist and eggless Christmas cake that brings all our loved ones together. It is a traditional Xmas cake made by soaking dried fruits and nuts in rum or wine overnight and mixing them with fragrant spices in a scratch batter. To make this eggless Christmas fruit cake, we are going to blend whole wheat flour (atta) and all-purpose flour (maida) – this is sure to give us a wonderful fluffy cake. Without much ado, let’s get into discussing this eggless christmas cake recipe ( which is a fruit cake) to mark this year’s Xmas celebrations on a merry note.

Ingredients For Soaking

  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup black raisins (seedless)
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup chopped candied orange peels or candied citrus peels
  • 8 dried apricots
  • 8 to 9 dates – small to medium-sized
  • ¼ cup tutti frutti – optional
  • 2 tablespoons dried cherries or glazed cherries
  • 1 cup rum or 1 cup fresh orange juice or apple juice

Ingredients For Cake Batter

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour – 187 grams
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour – 120 grams
  • 1.5 cups demerara sugar – 250 grams – can also add instead 250 grams brown sugar or 250 grams white sugar or 250 grams powdered sugar/confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 cup oil or melted butter, use any neutral flavored oil
  • 1 cup soy milk or any nut milk or dairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or regular white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ½ teaspoon vanilla essence

Ingredients For Ground Spice Mix

  • 2 inches cinnamon
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 2 allspice
  • ⅛ teaspoon grated nutmeg or nutmeg powder, about 2 to 3 pinches of nutmeg powder
  • 2 cloves – optional
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger (ginger powder) – optional

Things to Keep in Mind While Making Eggless Christmas Cake

While making an eggless version of this classic dessert is not as challenging as it may seem, there are still a few essential things to keep in mind to ensure your cake turns out perfectly.

1. The Importance of Soaking:

Soaking the dried fruits in advance is a crucial step in making a moist and flavorful Christmas cake. Allow the fruits to soak in your choice of alcohol or fruit juice for at least a day or longer. This process helps infuse the fruits with the liquid, making them plump and juicy.

2. Find the Right Egg Replacer:

Since you’re making an eggless version, an eggless Christmas fruit cake, you’ll need to choose an appropriate egg replacer. Common substitutes include applesauce, yogurt, mashed bananas, or commercial egg replacers available in stores. Experiment to find the one that works best for your recipe.

3. Pay Attention to Mixing:

Overmixing the cake batter can lead to a dense and tough texture. Mix the ingredients just until they are combined to achieve a light and tender crumb.

4. Proper Baking Time and Temperature:

Follow the baking time and temperature specified in your recipe. Use an oven thermometer to ensure accurate temperature, and perform the toothpick test to check for doneness. Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake; if it comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, your cake is ready.

5. Allow for Proper Cooling and Maturation:

After baking, resist the temptation to dig into your cake immediately. Let it cool in the pan for a while, then transfer it to a wire rack for complete cooling. Wrap the cooled cake in parchment paper and foil and let it mature for a few days to develop its flavours.

Let’s Start Baking!

  • Start by chopping all the nuts and dried fruits. Put them in a bowl and pour rum to soak them into it.
  • Cover the bowl and let the dried fruits and nuts soak in rum for 24 hours to upto 3 days. Stir the bowl every few hours so that the drief fruits and nuts get soaked properly.
  • Meanwhile, in a grinder, pour all the spices together except ginger powder. Set aside.
  • Also, prepare a loaf pan by greasing it with a generous coating of oil. You can even line up the an with butter paper.
  • Now preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes.
  • Take a bowl and sieve flours, baking powder and the ground powdered spice mix. Add a pinch of ginger powder as well.
  • Add the soaked dried fruits and nuts and the leftover rum in this.
  • Now add the oil and demerara sugar/brown sugar/regular white sugar. Add a few drops of vanilla extract. Mix all the ingredients until well combined.
  • Now in a bowl add soy milk, apple cider vinegar and stir gently.
  • Pour some baking soda and stir nicely.
  • Now pour this batter in the already prepared baking pan. Even out the top layer with the help of the back of the spatula.
  • Bake the cake in the preheated oven for 55-60 minutes or until the cake is golden brown in colour.
  • Check its doneness by pricking a toothpick. Once done, let the cake cool down completely by placing it on a wire rack.
  • Your Xmas eggless fruit cake is ready to be served and relished with a nice cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
  • Now that you know how to bake this eggless Christmas fruit cake you can save your pennies to shop for a Christmas cakes online. Make it a merry christmas for yourself and your loved ones as you bake this merry christmas cake out of your love, this holiday season.