Vegan Style Traditional Irish Christmas Cake Recipe
It’s not Christmas without a traditional Irish Christmas cake. In my house, we don’t eat this straight after dinner with the other desserts. We dive into it on Christmas night after the kids have gone to bed. Usually, around nine o’clock my mom makes hot whiskeys and slices up the boozy Christmas cake for all the adults to enjoy by the fire. This cake has alcohol in it so you may not want to give it to the kids lol.
INGREDIENTS FOR TRADITIONAL IRISH CHRISTMAS CAKE
4 cups mixed raisins, sultanas and currants.
¼ cup chopped glazed cherries
¼ cup mixed peel
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
½ tsp all spice
½ tsp cinnamon
1 cup vegan margarine spread
1 ⅛ cup soft brown sugar
1 cup coconut milk
2 tsp black treacle
1 lemon rind, grated
1 orange rind, grated
½ cup almonds, chopped
4 tbs Irish Whiskey
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Traditional Irish Christmas Cake
Mix all of the fruit in a bowl, add whiskey and leave to soak overnight.
Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
In a bowl cream, the light brown sugar,
Whisk the coconut milk to get some air into it.
Add coconut milk to the creamed mixture and mix well.
Fold in the flour and spices.
Mix in the rest of the ingredients (fruit, peel, rind, nuts, a dash more whiskey if you like it really boozy)
Pour the mixture into a cake tin.
Wrap the sides of the tin and cake with tinfoil, leaving a 1inch gap at the top of the cake.
Bake for 4.5 hours.
Allow the cake to cool before putting it in an airtight container until you’re ready to ice.
I like to leave it a few days and top it up with whiskey occasionally.
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