Saturday, 31 August 2013


It's early, but start practising: the best Christmas or any time of year 'I Need Cake' recipe, handed down from my Mum.
Sticky but sweet, sugarless and, if you use the right flour, gluten free.
Leave out the almonds and nutmeg (substitute vanilla and cinnamon) and it's nut free too! 
Good grief how perfect IS this recipe?

Do NOT be tempted to leave out the fat. It's essential to the recipe.
If you are considering doing that, then you shouldn't be eating cake. Harsh but fair.

Here we go.

You will need:

300gm vegan marge / marge /unsalted butter (choose according to dietary needs - but the fat is essential so don't skip it)
500ml apple juice
300g dates
350g raisins
325g sultanas (measurements not exact)
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
150g plain flour
150g ground almonds
half a teaspoon of nutmeg
zest of oranges and lemons

Set oven to 160º C. (140º WITH A FAN OVEN).
Line a large cake tin with greaseproof paper.

Melt butter and apple juice.
Stir in dates, raisins and sultanas.
Bring to the boil and boil for 5 minutes.
Transfer to a mixing bowl.
Add bicarbonate of soda.
Cover for 10 minutes with a clean tea towel.
Stir ground almonds and nutmeg into the mix.
Fold in the zest.
Pour the lot into a big cake tin, which you've pre-lined!
Cover the surface with greased baking paper; leave a hole in the middle for checking it's cooked.

Bang in the oven for 2.5 hours, or till cooked.
Keep checking it; it should be a little sticky, but firm, and not runny.
Remove and leave to cool completely before attempting to remove from the tin.

Slice and stuff in face, repeat ad nauseum, or till the bells stop jingling.

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