Cake, anyone?

| December 15, 2012 More


(not so) Traditional Christmas Cake

For the first time this year I made a Christmas cake. I am honestly not much of a baker, but I really enjoyed this baking experience and thought I’d share it with you.

Now, dietary restrictions amongst those who’ll be enjoying the cake meant it needed to be grain free, sugar free and dairy free. Not sounding much like a cake hey!? Luckily I found just the recipe in a recent edition of The Australian Coeliac Magazine, and below is my modified version (as per what was in my pantry!).

I made a mini version too, and can report that this cake is delicious and provides a lovely option for those looking for an alternative to a traditional Chrissy cake.

1/2C sunflower oil 250g chopped almonds
1/2C water 150g chopped macadamias
1/2C tawny port 1/2t bicarb soda
1/4C honey 1/2t nutmeg
300g sultanas 1/2t cinnamon
2oog pitted dates, chopped 1/2t ground ginger
4 beaten eggs extra nuts to decorate
2t grated lemon zest 2T extra port
2 1/4c almond meal










Grease 23cm cake tin and double line with baking paper. Preheat oven to 160°C.

Melt honey, with oil, port  and water in a saucepan. Add dried fruit and bring to the boil. Simmer for 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Place mixture into a large mixing bowl and allow to cool.

Stir in beaten eggs and lemon zest with a wooden spoon.

Stir in almond meal, bi-carb soda, spices and chopped nuts. Spoon mixture into prepared tin.

Decorate cake with remaining nuts, and cover top of cake with baking paper. Loosely wrap cake in foil and bake in preheated oven at 160°C for 1 hour.

Remove the foil and reduce temperature to 150°C. Bake for one more hour, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake come out clean.

Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of brandy and leave to cool in the tin.

cake 2



Category: baking, Cakes, Christmas food, desserts, healthy treats

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Eucale is a passionate Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) who loves food and helping people maxamise their health. She is also a wife and mum and enjoys cooking, running, gardening, and bushwalking.

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