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Easy gluten free Christmas cake recipe

30 Mar 2023


Do you need to cater for gluten-free eaters this Christmas? Don’t panic - making a delicious Christmas cake that’s free from gluten is easier than you think.

A great Christmas cake is rich, moist, and full of festive flavours, and this version definitely hits the spot. In fact, it just might become a new family favourite!

Prep time 5 minutes the night before, 30 minutes on the day
Cooking time 2 hours 15 minutes




  • 700g icing sugar

  • 3 large eggs

  • Juice of ½ lemon
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Step 1
Combine the chopped prunes in a large bowl with all the other dried fruit and berries. Pour half the rum and half the port over and leave to soak overnight.

Step 2
When you come to make the cake, preheat the oven to 150°C/300ºF/gas 2.

Step 3
For the cake, sift the gluten free flour, allspice and nutmeg into a large bowl.

Step 4
In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Crack the eggs in one at a time and beat. Stir in the soaked fruit and any excess juices.

Step 5
Stir in the flour mixture until everything is combined evenly.

Step 6
Grease a 26m spring form cake tin with butter, sprinkle some flour around the inside of the tin, then tip out excess flour. Spoon the cake mixture in.

Step 7
Bake for around 2 hours at 150˚C until golden brown. Remove from oven and poke holes through the top with a skewer.

Step 8
Combine the remaining port and rum together and pour over the cake while it’s still warm. Leave to cool.

Step 9
Prepare the icing by separating the egg whites and whisking them in a large bowl until frothy. Sift the icing sugar into another bowl then add the egg whites a spoonful at a time, mixing as you go. Stir in the lemon juice and beat the mixture until it forms stiff peaks.

Step 10
Place the cooled cake on a plate and decorate with the icing. For a smooth finish, use a palette knife to spread it over the top and sides. For peaks, use the knife to create texture. Leave the icing to harden before adding extra decorations or a ribbon.

Step 11
Serve it to your gluten-free guests or package it up as a gift. Enjoy!

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