I couldn’t resist post­ing this fruit­cake recipe. We never had fruit­cake in my fam­ily when I was grow­ing up, so I don’t have bad mem­o­ries of it, but you can’t exist this time of year and not be famil­iar with the jokes that go along with fruitcake.

This fruit­cake, how­ever, is dense, moist and deli­cious and doesn’t take weeks to cure in the back of you pantry (yuck!). It’s quick and easy and can eas­ily be adapted to meet your fruit cakey pref­er­ences (some darker sugar or alco­hol, a spike of molasses, etc).

Ah, fruit­cake. The butt of many a hol­i­day joke. But no one will give you a hard time about this light cake, stud­ded with dried fruit and nuts. They’ll be too busy stuff­ing their faces with it. This ver­sion is a bit less, um, bril­liant than the tra­di­tional neon-candied cher­ries ver­sion, but you can feel free to sub­sti­tute the dried fruit with those famil­iar favorites if you’d like. The added bonus is that these cakes don’t need to cure, so you don’t have to start work­ing on them in Octo­ber to enjoy their Yule­tide cheer!

1 cup flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 teas. bak­ing pow­der
1/8 teas. salt
1/3 cup agave
1/2 cup orange juice OR 1/4 cup orange juice and 1/4 cup alco­hol (rum or bandy) if going for the boozy taste
2 tbsp. apple sauce
2 tbsp. oil
1 teas. vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts of choice
1/2 cup chopped sweet dried fruit of choice (dates, figs, raisins, etc.)
1/2 cup chopped tart dried fruit of choice (apri­cots, can­died orange peel, tart cher­ries, etc.)
1/3 cup alco­hol (same as used in bat­ter) or 1/3 cup apple cider

Pre­heat oven to 325. Lightly grease and flour 1 loaf pan or 4 mini loaf pans.

In a small bowl com­bine the flour, sugar, bak­ing pow­der and salt. In a medium sized bowl, com­bine the agave, orange juice, 1/4 cup alco­hol (if using), apple­sauce, oil and vanilla. Whisk until com­bined. Add the dry to the wet in batches, until well com­bined. Add the nuts and dried fruit and mix until just com­bined. Spread the bat­ter into the pre­pared pan(s). For mini cakes, bake for 24–28 min­utes and for a full loaf for 45–50 min­utes, until lightly golden and a tooth­pick comes out clean.

Remove cake from oven and set on rack. While warm, poke cake ran­domly with tooth­pick to cre­ate pin holes. Slowly and evenly pour the remain­ing alco­hol or apple cider over the cakes, a lit­tle at at time to allow it time to absorb. Let cakes cool in pan for 20 min­utes before invert­ing and let fin­ish cool­ing on the rack.

Store cakes wrapped up or in a sealed con­tainer in fridge.

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6 Responses to vegan fruitcake delight!

  1. Josiane says:

    I didn’t grow up eat­ing fruit­cake either; I found the neon-candied stuff pretty unap­peal­ing! Once in a while, some­one would give us one, and mom was invari­ably the one who would sac­ri­fice her­self so that the thing doesn’t go to waste.
    This one, how­ever, looks per­fect — it would totally be my kind of fruit­cake! I’ve got to make one for mom, so that she can enjoy a good fruit­cake for once!

  2. FoodFeud says:

    Yeah, I never really grew up with fruit­cake either, or if I did, I was too busy eat­ing other desserts to notice. But I have grown to really like can­died fruits and such, as well as rum — it’s prob­a­bly good that I didn’t have a taste for it when I was young, ha!
    Any­way, I would really like to try this. It doesn’t look as dense as I’ve imag­ined fruit­cake to be, which is good I think.

  3. AikoVenus says:

    Thank you! These look so sweet, deli­cious and fresh! ^^

  4. Marge N says:

    I used the brandy in the bat­ter. I used 1/2 cup of the typ­i­cal fruit and peel mix and then cut up an addi­tional 1/2 cup of dates, craisins and dried cher­ries. I used 1/2 cup of wal­nuts. I did not pour over any more brandy after it baked. Let it cool and it is excel­lent! I never thought I would say I love fruit­cake and my hus­band loved it too. Thank you!

  5. Vivien de Vanny says:

    my brother is a vegan for health rea­sons. So at Christ­mas I made this which was a great suc­cess, every­one enjoyed it so pleased I found this one, I did do a hunt but stuck with this. Look­ing again party time com­ing up will make it again Vivien