December 28

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Non-Alcoholic Christmas Cake

By Sonia Gupta

December 28, 2016

All-Purpose, Desserts, Eggless, Sweet, Under 30 minutes, Vegetarian

You don’t really expect a die-hard cake lover mom and son to miss making a Christmas cake, do you? Trust me, we don’t miss a reason to bake a cake. Christmas is certainly a big reason to make a delicious Christmas cake.

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Traditional Christmas cake recipe

A Christmas cake is a rich fruit cake covered with marzipan and icing, eaten at Christmas. Traditionally, the English people used to fast a day before Christmas evening. The very next day they used to prepare and plum porridge to line their stomachs after a day of fasting. The plum porridge cake is the traditional Christmas cake recipe.

Ever since the human race has existed, they have always experimented and furthered the available. So happened with the Xmas cake recipe. The addition of spices and dried fruits in the plum porridge converted the porridge into a pudding.

Gradually alcohol became a part of the Christmas Desserts, a sign or richness. These cakes were made in advance, almost two months in advance. Brandy, Whisky, and Rum were poured in the cakes from time to time until Christmas. The process is called “feeding” the cake. This feeding process helps to mature the cake.

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Non-alcoholic Christmas cake

This Christmas season, I thought to bake my own Christmas cake rather than buying it from the market. Since I was baking it for my family so I was looking for a Non-alcoholic Christmas Cake recipe without eggs that everyone in the family could enjoy.

After reading a lot of Christmas cake ideas, I finally replaced the alcohol with fresh orange juice. Soaked the chopped nuts in fresh orange juice and honey for a good 2 months. Don’t have time to soak nuts for 2 months? Hang in with me and I will share a magical tip with you.

The experiment was successful. People went crazy to know that we can soak nut in fresh orange juice. The recipe turned out to be super delicious and best ever non-alcoholic Christmas cake recipe.

Christmas Cake Sliced

For folks, who would have missed soaking nuts for 2 months and want to make the cake instantly, they may boil the nuts in a mixture of honey and fresh orange juice till the juice reduces to half. Do not worry, the cake will still delight everyone.

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Let’s start with the Christmas Cake Recipe

The Nutty thing

Finely chop all the nuts and berries. Mix them with honey and fresh orange juice.

Take a glass jar and put the mixture into it. Make sure that all the nuts and berries are soaked well in juice.

Tip 1: Use only fresh orange juice. No preservatives required.
Tip 2: Want to soak nuts for longer? Close the lid, keep the bottle in the refrigerator, it’s that simple.

Christmas cake soaked nuts

PS: I soaked Nuts and berries for 2 months.

Caramel Sauce

Heat a non-stick pan and add sugar to it. Keep the pan on low flame. Let the sugar melt. Switch off the flame and add fresh cream and mix it well. Now keep it again on a medium flame and add butter to it. Stir it for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the flame and let it cool down.

Christmas cake Caramel Sauce

Cake Time

In a large bowl, take the caramel sauce. Add oil, soaked nuts and berries and mix. In a separate bowl, sift all the dry ingredients (Flour, Spices, Baking powder and Baking soda).

Mix all the dry ingredients with wet ingredients and make a smooth batter. Don’t over mix the batter.

Christmas cake batter

Pour this batter into a greased baking tin and tap it once. I am using a baking tin of 8x4x2.

Christmas cake ready for bake

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180 °C. Now bake this batter at the same temperature for about 30 minutes or till it passes the toothpick test.

Baked Christmas Cake unmoulded

Once done, take the pan out of the oven and let it cool completely.

Christmas Cake

Slice and serve it.

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Christmas Cake Non-Alcoholic
1 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 57 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 10 Slices

Ingredients

Ingredients to Soak

  • 2 cups Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1.5 cups Nuts and Raisins Glazed Cherries, Tutti Fruity, Almonds, Cashew nuts, Black Berries etc.
  • 1 tsp Honey

Ingredients for Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cream
  • 1 tbsp Salted Butter

Ingredients for Cake Batter

Instructions

  • Finely chop all the nuts and berries. Mix with honey and fresh orange juice. Take a glass jar and put the mixture into it. Make sure that all the nuts and berries are soaked well in juice. Cover it with lid and keep it in the refrigerator if you want to soak for a longer time. I soaked Nuts and berries for 2 months.
  • For Caramel sauce, Heat a non-stick pan. Add sugar to it and keep the pan on low to medium flame. Let the sugar dissolve. Once the sugar dissolves, switch off the flame and add fresh cream to it and stir well. Mix it properly. Now keep it again on medium flame and add butter to it and stir it for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the flame and let it cool down.
  • In a large bowl, take caramel sauce. Add oil, soaked nuts and berries and mix. In a separate bowl, Sift all the dry ingredients (Flour, Spices, Baking powder and Baking soda). Mix all the dry ingredients with wet ingredients and make a smooth batter. Don’t over mix the batter.
  • Pour this batter into a greased baking tin and tap it once.
  • Meanwhile, Preheat the oven at 180 °C. Now bake this batter at the same temperature for about 30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Once done, take the pan out of the oven and let it cool completely. Slice and serve it.
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Sonia Gupta

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I am a Baking Instructor, Blogger, YouTuber, and Recipe Creator. I love to experiment with my camera tell stories through my pictures.

  • 1 star
    Tried the cake , didn’t come out as expected . Took about 4 hours on stove top . Whereas all my cakes take hardly 45 minutes . It was very heavy and fell apart while cutting . Don’t know what went wrong . Measured the ingredients very carefully .
    Very disappointed .

    • Christmas cake takes almost 2 hr in the oven so if you are baking on the gas stove then obviously the time will be double. Looks like you are first time tasting the Christmas cake because the Christmas cake needs to be heavy and dense only.

  • My cake didn’t bake properly..I followed all process..it’s like we made kalkand dish.plz tell what’s d issue

  • Hello… I tried making the cake but ended up with the cake flat from the middle and the cake was a bit too sweet and oily than what I thought… Is the cake meant to be like that only or I did something wrong… I am a beginner to this… One question incase I take flour with a bowl’s measurement can the same bowl be taken for measuring 1/2 cup of oil etc etc…

    • Hey Neha,
      In baking, precision matters most. Little here n there in the ingredients can change the complete result. So please invest in good measuring cups or weighing scales.
      Happy Baking!

    • Hello Iman,

      I use cups that are of 240ml. However you get different sizes of cups in the market, so you need to be careful of the size of cups you buy.
      Thank
      Sonia

    • Arpita,

      For regular cakes, we keep the batter of pouring consistency and also nuts and fruits are in dry form. However for Christmas cake, batter needs to be thick which helps to hold the nuts. Also the nuts and fruits are soaked, which makes them heavy and only thick batter can help them from settling at the base.

      Happy Baking!
      Sonia

    • Sangita,

      In general, we strain the nuts and then mix into the batter but in case you feel the batter is too thick, then you can add that extra liquid.

      Happy Baking!
      Sonia

  • Hi
    Tried your recipe to make plum cake ohh seriously turned out so well. Everybody loves it.
    Thank u so much . Going to make one more time
    Pooja

  • Hi,
    I have tried many recipes of urs. I should say that this s thé best cake i have ever made. Thanks a ton… I’m super excited with thé results..
    Thanks for sharing such lovely recipes…

  • For how long does a non alcoholic Christmas plum cake last at room temperature… I mean I if bake 4 to 5 days in advance and keep it at room temperature is it fine

  • Hi
    Tried the christmas eggless plum.cake.
    It is delicious and yummy.
    The texture is very very soft.
    While i cut the piece its just falling apart,is it the way they should be.
    Anything wrong that its not staying as a piece..

  • Hi
    Tried tje christmas eggless plum.cake.
    It is delicious and yummy.
    The texture is very very soft.
    While i cut the piece its just falling apart,is it the way they should be.
    Anything wrong that its not staying as a piece..

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