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A slice of vegan Christmas fruit cake

Christmas Fruit Cake

Prep: 10 min
Cook: 2 hr
Total: 3 hr 10 min
Servings: 12

Oh Christmas, what a wonderful time of year and a great excuse to eat fruit cake with sweet wine, dried fruits, and nuts. You'll enjoy the mix of texture along with the warming winter spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. You'll enjoy the mix of texture along with the warming winter spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. You can adjust recipe to replace the wine or make it gluten-free.

Author Aaron Calder Vegan
by Aaron Calder Vegan
Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients & Directions

Recipe Ingredients


Yield: 1 Cake (12 Servings)
Needed Kitchenware: Mixing bowl, 1 cake tin, parchment paper
  • 4 cups flour
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups dried fruit
  • 1 cup mixed nuts, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground clove
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1¾ cups Sherry wine
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp oil
Recipe Directions


  • Preheat the oven to 300° F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, dried fruit, mixed nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and salt.
  • Add the Sherry, oil, molasses, and vanilla into the bowl and mix well.
  • Oil a cake tin at the bottom and sides with the extra 1 tbsp oil. Then line the cake tin with parchment paper at the bottom. To do this, cut the parchment paper into a circle as large as the bottom of the cake tin and place the paper there.
  • Pour the batter into the tin and place in the center of your preheated oven for 2 hours. Check after 1½ hours to see if the top of the cake is browning too much. If it is, cover the cake tin for the rest of the 30 minute baking time to prevent it from burning on top. Check the cake for doneness after the full 2 hours by poking the cake with a toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean, then it is ready.
  • Remove from the oven and allow it to cool on a wire rack for an hour. Enjoy!

Any flour should work including all-purpose, whole wheat, or gluten-free.

For non-alcoholic: substitute the Sherry wine for a plant-based milk like soy or oat, or substitute with some fruit juices like orange, apple cider, or apple juice.

Consider serving with coffee, wine, tea, or by itself.

Consider garnishing by dusting the top with confectioner's sugar.

The mixed nuts should be unsalted.

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Recipe nutrition

Nutritional Information

Yield: 1 Cake
Servings: 12
Information per serving:
Energy: 525.9 kcal
Carbohydrate: 70 g
Protein: 6.4 g
Fiber: 3.9 g
Sugar: 29.7 g
Fat: 22.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 7.3 g
Polyunsatured Fat: 10.1 g
Omega-3: 1 g
Omega-6: 8.9 g
Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
Trans Fat: 0.1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Choline: 15.1 mg 3% DV
Folate: 14.9 µg 3% DV
A: 18.1 IU 0% DV
B1: 0.1 mg 10% DV
B2: 0.1 mg 8% DV
B3: 1 mg 7% DV
B5: 0.4 mg 8% DV
B6: 0.1 mg 6% DV
B12: 0 mg 0% DV
C: 0.1 mg 0% DV
D: 0 IU 0% DV
E: 3.2 mg 21% DV
K: 32.1 µg 35% DV
Calcium: 173.4 mg 17% DV
Copper: 0.4 mg 42% DV
Iron: 1.4 mg 7% DV
Magnesium: 60.4 mg 18% DV
Manganese: 0.8 mg 41% DV
Phosphorus: 146.2 mg 20% DV
Potassium: 234 mg 4% DV
Selenium: 70.3 µg 127% DV
Sodium: 262.5 mg 17% DV
Zinc: 0.9 mg 11% DV

Please note nutritional information varies dependent on agricultural conditions, consistency in manufacturing processes, and honesty in reporting. We cannot accurately report on the amount of harmful chemicals or beneficial plant constituents that might be present in these ingredients. We cannot report on the content of material added during the cooking process. We cannot guarantee if the vitamins present are natural or synthetic. We make no guarantees to the accuracy of this information and continue to suggest purchasing organic, high-quality, fresh ingredients from local, trusted sources. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet and values come regulated from the FDA. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your needs.

Tips, Suggestions, Photos, & More Information

a piece of sliced Christmas fruit cake from the whole cake, sitting on a white surface with Christmas decorations behind

Are All Christmas Fruit Cakes Created Equal?

They certainly are not. Every single recipe and style differs from another. This happens because of different family recipes and where the fruitcake recipe originated regionally.

This recipe could be described as a dry fruit cake. It is also eggless, dairy free, vegan, easy, and can be made non-alcoholic and/or gluten-free.

We absolutely love having this fruit cake for breakfast during Christmas with a cup of strong coffee! We hope you enjoy!

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