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Gluten Free Pumpkin Christmas Cake

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Christmas Cake

(vegan & egg free options)
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: cake
Keyword: christmas cake, pumpkin cake


  • 125 g salted dairy or vegan butter softened, room temperature
  • 220 g light brown sugar or dark brown sugar for a darker fruit cake
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 eggs free range & organic (or use vegan egg replacer of your choice)
  • 200 g pumpkin, cooked and mashed – HOT
  • 1 tbsp or 25g golden syrup or mollasses for a darker fruit cake
  • 2 tsp or 10g apple cider vinegar
  • 250 g Gluten Free Bread Mix
  • 2 tsp or 10g -baking powder (gluten and aluminium free
  • 1 tbsp mixed spice of your choice (optional)
  • 200 g mixed dried fruit of your choice


For vegan version: use vegan butter and replace eggs with vegan egg replacer
Make ahead: Cake can made ahead, tightly wrapped in 3 layers baking paper and
aluminium foil, and leave at cool room temperature for a month or longer for the
boozy version.
  1. Beat the butter, sugars, and vanilla with an electric mixer or whisk by hand until
    pale in colour, scraping the side of bowl frequently
  2. Add eggs one by one and mix until well combined
  3. Add HOT mashed pumpkin, and the rest of the liquid ingredients, mix well. Cake
    mixture will become liquid at this stage, do not panic!
  4. Add flour, baking powder and mixed spice if using, mix thoroughly
  5. Fold dried fruit gently and mix well to distribute the dry fruit
  6. Pre-heat your oven to 160-165C fan forced.
  7. Line one 18-20cm round or square with non- stick baking paper.
  8. Bake for 1-1hr 15mins or a little longer until an inserted skewer comes out clean
  9. Transfer cake onto wire racks to cool completely, OR
  10. If you like a boozy Christmas cake, leave the cake in the tin, and prick the surface of your cake with a skewer, and proceed to spoon your favourite alcohol (1-2tbs) and repeat this process every week for 4 weeks. Wrapping the cake with a couple
    of layers of baking paper. Enjoy

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