Vegan Christmas Cake Recipe

vegan xmas cake recipe

This year I decided to experiment with a completely vegan Christmas cake. Egg free, dairy free Christmas cake, can it be done? Of course!

I decided to not replace the eggs directly with, say, apple sauce or chia seeds, but just tweak the ratio of the remaining ingredients for a regular Christmas cake – this way, it’s accessible for all. Definitely make sure to get a lovely big orange to grate, the citrusy flavours really make this. This should last a fair few months, we’re still eating ours now and it was made in

This cake was absolutely gorgeous, my non-vegan grandparents have told me to “never change the recipe”.


350g raisins

100 g dried cranberries

75g mixed candied peel

100g glace cherries

130 ml orange juice

180g brown sugar

175 g vegan butter

1 tablespoon golden syrup

1 lemon and 1 orange

340 g plain flour

50 g ground almonds

1 tsp baking soda

 2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (or you can use whole nutmeg and grate yourself)

125 ml non dairy milk

2 Tbsp vinegar

70 g chopped almonds

Approximately 150ml brandy

vegan xmas cake ingredients


Soak all the dried fruit in a bowl with the orange juice at least 8 hours, ideally overnight.

Line a large circular cake pan with baking paper or tin foil and set aside. Pre-heat the oven to 140 degrees Celsius.

In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar before adding in the golden syrup afterwards.

Then add the flour, ground almonds, baking soda and spices, folding carefully with a spoon until the mixture is smooth.

Add the soaked fruit, chopped almonds, vinegar and non dairy milk. Grate the lemon and orange and add this in too. Mix until everything is incorporated well.

Empty mixture into the cake pan and bake for about 2.5 hours or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

christmas cake vegan, served

Feed the with the brandy. You do this by pricking the cake with a toothpick and pouring small amounts of the alcohol over the holes. Do this every three days for 3 weeks preferably, or for as long as you have if not.

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