Gluten Free Christmas Cake Paleo (yes it can be done, and it’s awesome)

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gluten free paleo christmas cake

This cake is the best gluten-free and dairy-free Christmas cake you will ever eat. It’s good enough to share with the whole family. People who don’t normally like fruit cake at all, like this fruit cake. AND it’s incredibly easy to make.  You can buy a mixed fruit from the shops (my mother used Tasti Fruit Mix) or I have given a recipe for the mixed fruit if you want to make it yourself.


1. Add the mixed fruit, butter/oil, pineapple, extra sugar (if using, you don’t really need it), mixed spice, and baking soda to a large saucepan. Stir occasionally as it comes to a boil then turn down to a simmer for 5 min.

2. Leave to cool. I tend to put the mix on in the morning and then bake it in the evening. Your house will smell amazing all day.

3. Once cool, preheat oven to 150C. Add the eggs and mix well. Then add the velvety baking mix and mix well.

4. Double line a 20 cm tin with baking paper, both bottom and sides. Pour the thick mix in and bake in the oven for 1 hour 1/4 to 1 hour 1/2. Should be the colour in the picture.

5. Once out of the oven, wrap the cake in its tin up in a towel and leave till the morning. (I don’t know why we do this but this is how my mother taught me so this is what we are doing)

You will notice there is no alcohol in this one. I leave this to your discretion.

Ready to make your Christmas easier and healthier? Grab your mix here and enjoy!


  • 1 box or 300g of Velvety Vanilla Baking Mix
  • 500g mixed fruit
  • OR make your own 235g Sultanas 80g Cherries (glaced or natural) 75g citrus peel (either buy candied or make your own) 55g raisins 55g currants
  • (entirely optional) 1/4 cup coconut sugar or Pure Coco coconut nectar or use fruit juice
  • 125g butter or 100g of oil
  • 425g tin of crushed pineapple in juice
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Recipe comments

  • Hi! I tried this at the Go Green expo and it was delicious! So I’m going to attempt it at home for Christmas this year. I would like to try and make it exactly as you did at the expo, and so would like to know – did you use butter or oil? And when you added the pineapple, did you add the juice from the can as well?

  • Hi. Can you tell me Ho long this cake will last. As a Christmas cake lasts quite a while due to alcohol I presume so I don’t want to be making it Christmas Eve. Can I add alcohol to keep it and how much would you suggest.

    • Hi. They last for a month, I haven’t had one stick around longer than that. I actually made one with brandy last week though! I used 120g because I say a recipe that used 120g. Seemed to work well, still soft. I cant taste the brandy though? I boiled the fruit then I added the brandy once cooled and and let it sit in the fruit for 24 hours. Maybe I should have left it longer? How do you usually add your alcohol? I have never done it before. Dont know how long this one will last though as we are eating it 🙂
      PS I made a cake and sent it in December, got it back in Jan as the address was wrong. Cake was still good.

  • A wonderful recipe thank you!
    I used to love the convenience and taste of using your products, but unfortunately, due to some members of my family with intolerances to almond and coconut I can no longer use.
    I’ve heard many people are allergic to almonds. Trying to adapt currently with not too much luck, but oh well, fun trying. ❤️

    • hi Jessica. Try using sunflower flour instead of almond flour. It has a similar consistency but the only issue is that it reacts to baking soda by turning green. So it works best as chocolate recipes BUT I reckon you could use it in fruit cake as well as there is so much dried fruit you wouldn’t notice any green

  • I have always LOVED fruit cake but a change in diet has meant missing out for many years. As I am already a convert to you Ginger Crunch I thought I would give this a go… what’s bad about it? The fact that everybody I share it with loves it and its nearly all gone already! Fingers crossed my order arrives before Xmas 🙂 Thank you!

  • This turned out very good. Mine looked and tasted of a lighter fruit cake rather than a traditional heavy Christmas cake (I like both though). It didn’t last long so I’m sure everyone enjoyed it. I didn’t add the optional liquid and found that it didn’t need it, and the fruit mix from Bin Inn was deliciously fresh with the nicest glazed cherries I’ve ever tasted but perhaps this affected the colour & density.

  • When do you add the baking powder? You mention the baking soda for the pot but not the baking powder as listed in recipe ingredients…

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