baking, cake, food

Fruit and nut cake

My recipe for fruit and nut cake using gluten-free flour.

This recipe is a variation on traditional fruit cakes. My recipe is with gluten-free flour, adds walnuts and has a nice combination of dried fruit. This cake is fairly light and not too rich. You can omit the walnuts and the flaked almonds… but it wouldn’t be much of a fruit AND nut cake!

Makes 12 slices using an 18cm cake tin.

Fruit and nut cake, using gluten-free flour

Ingredients

  • 185g unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 185g golden caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 185g gluten-free self-raising flour
  • third of a tsp Xanthan gum powder (gluten-free)
  • 80g ground almonds
  • 0.5 tsp almond extract/flavouring
  • 365g dried mixed fruit comprising 40g cranberries, 110g raisins, 110g sultanas, 105g “mixed fruit”, but you can change the mix as you like.
  • 50g chopped walnuts
  • 20g flaked almonds for the top.

Method

  1. Beat the softened butter with a whisk. Add the sugar and mix well.
  2. Beat the eggs in a large jug. Then gradually add the beaten egg to the butter/sugar mixture and mix well.
  3. Sieve the flour and Xanthan gum powder. Then, together with the ground almonds and almond extract, fold into the mixture in step 2 and mix well.
  4. Fold the dried fruit and walnuts into the mixture and gently mix. The mixture should be spoonable but not runny.
  5. Spoon the mixture into a lined/greased (18cm) cake tin, level and smooth the top (use a wetted dessert spoon to prevent sticking). Sprinkle the flaked almonds evenly on top and gently press them down into the surface of the mixture but not under the surface.
  6. Bake at 140 deg C fan (155 deg C no fan) for 1hr 30 mins to 1hr 45 mins, but check and test the bake at 1hr 30mins with a skewer. Add extra time as required until baked properly. I baked mine for 1hr 40mins at 155 deg C.

Nutrition (per slice)

  • 12 slices, 426 calories per slice
  • fat 22.2g (8.7g saturated)
  • carbs 49.2g
  • sugar 30.4g
  • protein 6.3g
  • fibre 1.5g
  • salt 0.1g.

Fruit and nut cake, using gluten-free flour

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