Christmas Fruitcake (Eggless)

READY IN: 2hrs 45mins
Recipe by Zurie

This is a very easy cake to make. The fruits never sink, and the cake is not as rich as some fruitcakes. Do not be put off by the list of ingredients -- it's worth adding them all. This is a South African recipe, so Zaarmail me for substitutions if necessary.

Top Review by mariannameyer

This cake is a winner! Light and moist, the fruit indeed remains suspended, and is very easy to make. For vegans who want an alcohol-free cake a fruit juice 'brew' made up of grape, berry and cranberry juices, a tablespoon quince preserve, with a teaspoon caramel (!) essence worked perfectly. I used two 9" pans instead of one large pan. The baking time was cut down to 1 hour 10 minutes in total: 40 min at 190 degrees C, and 30 minutes at 180. I hastily baked another batch the day before Christmas, as the first batch didn't last.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Grease and line a large square or round cake tin with baking paper, and grease the paper as well. Heat oven to 375 deg F or 190 deg Celsius.
  2. In a large pot mix the first 10 ingredients up to and including the boiling water.
  3. Stir well. Bring to boiling, and simmer without a lid for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and cool somewhat.
  5. Stir in the butter and baking soda, and stir well to mix. The mixture will fizz a little.
  6. When it has cooled down some more, scrape mixture into the bowl of your electric mixture.
  7. Using lowest speed, add the next 9 ingredients up to and including the brandy or whisky (or use bourbon).
  8. When everything has been incorporated well, remove the bowl from the mixer. Fold in the chopped figs, whole cherries and roughly chopped nuts. Use a wooden spoon.
  9. Spoon the batter into the prepared tin, and smooth the top.
  10. Bake 2 hours, BUT lower heat to 350 deg F /180 deg C after the first hour.
  11. At the same time lay a double thickness of foil over the cake to prevent scorching.
  12. Test with a skewer before removing!
  13. Turn out gently on a wire rack and sprinkle over the last ingredient: the extra half cup of booze.
  14. When cool, place on waxed paper in an airtight cake tin. Before using at Christmas, sprinkle over brandy, whisky or bourbon another 2 - 3 times.

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