November 28, 2012

Vegan Fruit Cake Bread Recipe


Ahhhh, Christmas is less than a month away and there is nothing better than celebrating the lead-up with a freshly baked vegan fruit cake. I am actually not a fruit cake person myself, but I know that others around me absolutely love them so here is my Nanna's version of a vegan fruit cake. It is so so easy to make and turns out so deliciously and extremely 'moist' ... I have to find another word to use for that haha. This is truly a no-fail recipe... you just stick everything into a bowl, pour it into a baking tin and bake. It really is that simple. Anyway, I can't believe how quickly Christmas has arrived this year... it is three and a bit weeks away and I have not yet bought any presents or organised what we will be cooking or doing on Christmas day. What will you be doing? I can already tell this is going to be a hot hot hot Christmas here in Australia! Weeeeee! I really hope you all have an amazing Christmas and a lovely relaxing holiday :)

serves 10


Spray oil
3 cups mixed dried fruit
2 tablespoons brown rum
1/2 cup apple purée
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1/3 cup water
2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
440g can crushed pineapple (Use the pineapple and the juice)
splash of vanilla essence
3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate soda


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius and spray oil a rectangular bread tin with dimensions of approx. 22cm long x 13cm wide x 7cm deep. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the mixed fruit and the rum and stir to coat. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or so to allow the flavours to develop. (If you have the time, leave it overnight).
  3. Add all other ingredients to the bowl (except for the spray oil) and stir well until fully combined.
  4. Pour into the baking tin and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour until it has risen and a skewer poked in the centre comes out clean.
  5. Serve immediately with ice cream, custard or anything else you desire. 

  • Add any of your favourite yummies... such as cherries, nuts, lemon rind, orange rind, ginger or anything else you desire!
  • You could also bake it in a bundt tin. The centre stick allows the cake to cook quicker and be evenly baked.
  • You could make a yummy icing for this cake if you wish.

  • I have seen cake being served on a photo frame. This is such a great idea as you can purchase a nice frame, put a cute photo in it, sit the fruit cake on top and tie a ribbon around it. What a sweet serving idea!
  • You could buy a pretty baking tin, bake the cake and gift it in the pretty tin!


The nutrition information above is an approximate guideline.

24 comments:

  1. Yep, I'll be making this to gift to teachers. Love your tips and serving suggestions too. :)
    Thank you xx

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    1. Hi Nina! What a nice idea to gift mini fruit cakes to the teachers... so sweet! Thanks so much for your comment... you are such a loyal Veggieful follower hehe :)

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    2. I made one large loaf today and one mini one. I DID add 1 cup of frozen fresh chopped cherries and used homemade apple puree with Bakran apples (also known as love apples - they are heart shaped when cut in half and have red flesh) from our garden. I used sherry instead of rum (but only because I had that but no rum).

      Oh, My, Hat, Madison! Bloody wonderful. The children were making ALL sorts of appreciative noises at afternoon tea. a definite win.

      I also made another mix, with fruit juice instead of liquor, and made them into cupcakes. Needless to say, my husband was likewise groaning as he ate one, about an hour ago. :)
      Note to self (and if you're interested): spray the patty pans next time, and bake at 170 degrees for about 22 minutes.

      I'm going to bake another batch for the Animal Liberation ACT stand to sell at the Christmas Eco Market this Friday evening at the Canberra Environment Centre.

      And yes, I'm still going to make mini loaves for the children's teachers. I really cannot thank you enough. xx

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    3. Hi Nina,
      I am so so glad that it worked our for you and that you enjoyed it!!! I would love to have a garden full of fruit and veggies... one day I will :D

      That is a really good idea to make little cupcakes. I bet they were delicious and I am glad that your husband liked them too!

      Yay! That is awesome that you are selling them at the markets and for the children's teachers. You have really made me happy :)

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  2. MMMMM,..a feastive & all vegan Christams fruit cake! I love it, dear Madison! :) Another must make of yours! xxx

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  3. How long do you think this fruit cake would last in an airtight container??

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    1. Hello! To be honest, we have always eaten it within the first couple of days so I have not yet tested how long it lasts. However, I do believe it should last a few days to a week in an airtight container :) Thanks for your comment!

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  4. It looks delicious! What would you recommend serving it with? Any sauces you can think of? I need to bake a vegan cake for a friend at Christmas and had no idea where to start until I found this :-) I was just thinking about custard...but I guess that's a no no! lol

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    1. Hello! Thank you :) Custard would be so delicious... I think that fruit cake and custard is the ultimate match. I have also eaten fruit cake with lemon icing and vegan butter cream. I would love to hear what you do with it!

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  5. I made this for my mom's birthday cake -- her bday is Christmas Day. I made it in a bundt tin like you suggested, and it turned out great. I used dried cherries, currants, raisins, mango and candied papaya. For the icing, I made a drizzle icing in my food processor with a bit of Earth Balance, a few tbs of soy milk, vanilla extract and a cup or two of powdered sugar. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

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    1. Wow! I love your additions... sounds absolutely delicious and I am so glad that you enjoyed it. Thanks for telling me :)

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  6. Oh yeah, and I added a cup of chopped walnuts, which she loved!

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  7. I made this for Christmas and it was amazing! Thank you!

    Agata

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    1. Hello! Thanks for the feedback. I am glad it was delicious :)

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  8. This was a really yummy fruit cake. my mum liked it just as much as the non-vegan ones we used to make. thanks madison!

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  9. Oh yay! That is so so good. I am so glad that you liked it :)

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  10. Madison, I only discovered your blog today and made this fruit bread. It was delicious!

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    1. Hi Sandi! Oh great. I am so happy that you enjoyed it :)

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  11. Hey,

    could You clarify the pineapple thing? Can I use canned one in the liquid? These are rings so should I put them into a blender and make them into a paste before adding?
    What about gluten free option? Would it work, what do You think?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Ange,

      Yes, I use a can of crushed pineapple which is just little bits of pineapple in liquid. I am sure that pulsing the rings and the liquid in a blender until roughly chopped would do the same thing!

      I have never tried it with gluten free flour. You could always try!

      :) Thanks! Hope this helps.

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  12. Hey, could You, please, clarify the pineapple part a bit? Can I use canned pineapple in liquid that are ring-shaped? Should I then put them into a blender at first to smash them into a paste?
    What about gluten free option? Do you think, it would work?

    Thanks!
    Agne

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    1. Hi Ange,

      Yes, I use a can of crushed pineapple which is just little bits of pineapple in liquid. I am sure that pulsing the rings and the liquid in a blender until roughly chopped would do the same thing!

      I have never tried it with gluten free flour. You could always try!

      :) Thanks! Hope this helps.

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