Gluten Free Christmas Cake

This delicious moist fruit cake from the Coeliac Society and Juvela means you will not miss out on your favourite treat over the festive period. Makes 40 servings.

Gluten-free fruit cakes are renowned for being problematic as the fruit tends to sink to the bottom. This recipe has been developed to ensure that this will not happen. The addition of ground almonds and grated carrots help with the structure of the cake and holds the fruit in place.

*Note: always check current Coeliac Society Food List as gluten-free status of products can change


Ingredients List


1kg mixed dried fruit*,

200g (8oz) margarine or butter,

200g (8oz) dark brown sugar,

1 lemon (grated rind),

1 orange (grated rind),

4 medium eggs (beaten),

250g (10oz) Juvela Gluten-Free Mix,

50g (2oz) ground almonds*,

1 tsp mixed spice,

1 tsp nutmeg,

75g (3oz) glacé cherries (chopped),

50g (2oz) carrots (peeled and grated.




Before you start, pre-heat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas Mark 2 and grease and line a 20cm (8inch) square tin or 22.5cm (9inch) round tin.



Place the fruit in a pan of boiling water and return to the boil, stirring.

Drain and rinse with cold water and then dry thoroughly.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the grated rind, eggs, Gluten- Free Mix, ground almonds and spices and mix in well.

Stir in the fruit, cherries and carrots. Place the mixture in the prepared tin, leaving a slight hollow in the centre.

Wrap a double piece of foil around the outside of the tin and bake in a pre-heated oven for 3½ – 4 hours.

A fine skewer, when inserted in the cake, should come out completely clean when cooked.

When completely cooked, wrap the cake in grease proof paper and foil and store in a cool dry place.


  Gluten Free Christmas Cake  
Nutrient Amount per 100g Amount/51g portion
Energy kcal (kcal) 323 164
Protein (g) 4.2 2.2
Carbohydrate (g) 55.8 28.5
Sugars (g) 45.5 23.2
Total Fat (g) 11.0 5.6
Saturates (g) 5.5 2.8
Fibre AOAC (g) 2.7 1.4



December 2019