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Gluten-Free Christmas Fruit Cake

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword 24 days of christmas, Baking, Christmas, christmas cake, Gluten Free, gluten free christmas cake, Healthy Christmas cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 10
Author Cat Barker


  • Loaf Pans
  • bowls
  • Grater / Zester
  • scale
  • measuring cups


  • 225 g Muscavado Sugar
  • 125 g Gluten Free Flour woolworths
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 100 g coconut flour
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp all spice
  • 225 g unsalted butter softened
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 5 medium eggs
  • 2 tbsp. brandy + more or whisky / rum
  • 50 g almond flour
  • 400 g mixed sultanas and raisins
  • 100 g chopped peel
  • 100 g glace cherries
  • 20 g blanched sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp Almond Essence
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence

Glace Icing

  • 200 g icing sugar
  • ½ tsp teaspoon almond essence
  • 2 tbsp boiling water
  • cherries
  • thyme fresh


  • Preheat oven to 130C
  • Grease a 23cm loaf tin or cake tin that is at least 8cm deep. You can also line with baking paper for easy removal.
  • Sift the coconut, almond and plain flour, baking powder and spices and set aside
  • Whisk butter and orange zest in a large bowl for 1 minute until light and fluffy
  • Add sugar and whisk for a further 2 minutes
  • Now whisk in eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla essence, almond essence and brandy
  • Fold in the sifted flour mixture into two goes mixing until combined – careful not to over mix
  • Now add in the glace cherries, peel, sultanas, raisins and blanched almonds
  • Transfer to the loaf tin and smooth the surface
  • Bake for 1 hour then turn oven the down to 120C and bake for 3 hours or until a skewer comes out clean
  • Leave to cool in the oven overnight
  • The next morning, if desired, sprinkle some brandy over the cake. If desired you can even sprinkle brandy over the cake for the next couple of days.
  • To glace – mix the glace icing ingredients together and pour over cake
  • Garnish with cherries and rosemary for a Christmas vibe!


You can omit the alcohol if preferred
You can use brandy, whiskey or rum