There are only 5 days left until Christmas Day, and although you may think it’s a little too late to make a traditional Christmas Cake – think again!
Today I’m going to share with you my Gluten Free Cointreau Christmas Cake recipe, which features Delicious Alchemy’s brand new Gluten Free Christmas Fruit Cake Mix. This cake can be made right at the last minute and tastes just as delicious as one that has been left to mature. Ideally, I like to make my Christmas cake a few weeks in advance, feed it regularly with booze and leave it mature. This year the festive season has been so busy that I just didn’t get round to it, but I still think its possible to make a last minute cake that tastes just as good as one that’s been left to mature.
Delicious Alchemy’s Christmas Fruit Cake Mix was a huge time saver and really helped to speed up the process – to make this cake you need very few ingredients, most of which you will probably already have at home, and whipping up the cake mix takes just a matter of minutes!
I decided to put a little twist on the traditional Christmas Cake by choosing to use Cointreau, instead of brandy which is more traditional. Cointreau brings a beautiful intense orange flavour and goes perfectly with the blend of spices traditionally used in Christmas Cake.I always wonder when using packet mixes whether the finished product will taste as good as what I could make from scratch myself, but this Christmas Cake Mix is so full of flavour and there is definitely no scrimping on the dried fruit, which includes dates, raisins and sultanas. As soon as I opened the bag I could smell Christmas and the blend of spices used was just right.
What also fantastic about this mix is that you would never be able to tell that it is gluten free, in fact, I had several none Coeliac friends do a taste test and none of them could tell it was gluten free. One of my friends even hates Christmas Cake but ate the whole slice without a complaint – that surely is a triumph!
This Christmas Cake can also be made in advance – be sure to wrap it up well in greaseproof paper and store it in a tin or airtight container. Be sure to feed the cake with one to two tablespoons of Cointreau every fortnight or so.
Delicious Alchemy Christmas Fruit Cake Mix costs £5 and can purchased here. If you order before the 22nd December your order will be dispatched before Christmas and there is free delivery up until the 31st of December if you use the discount code XMAS 15.
Gluten Free Cointreau Christmas Cake
For the Cake:
Delicious Alchemy Christmas Fruit Cake Mix
110g soft unsalted butter (or dairy free alternative)
2 large eggs
Zest of 1 orange (optional)
For the Apricot Glaze:
3 – 4 tbsp apricot jam
2 tsp Cointreau
500g ready to roll white marzipan
500g ready to roll white icing
Festive decorations of your choice
1) Preheat the oven to 160 C/ gas mark 3. Grease and line base and sides of a 7 inch baking tin with greaseproof paper.
2) In a large bowl, mix the butter, orange zest and 45ml of the Cointreau. Whisk the eggs separate bowl, then add them to the butter mixture along with the Delicious Alchemy Christmas Fruit Cake Mix.
3) Mix the ingredients together for 2½ minutes using an electric hand mixer until all the ingredients are combined. Spoon the mixture into your prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour 45 minutes.
4) Allow the cake to cool for 20 minutes. Pierce holes into the top of the cake and drizzle over the remaining Cointreau, then leave to absorb over night.
5) To make the apricot glaze, heat the jam and cointreau in a small saucepan over a low heat until it is smooth and spreadable. Spread the glaze all over the cake to help the marzipan stick.
6) Roll the marzipan out into a circle which is large enough to cover the cake. Use your rolling pin help pick up the marzipan and place it over the cake. Smooth the marzipan down and trim off any excess.
7) Repeat with the ready to roll icing.
It is up to you how to decorate your Christmas Cake – I added some simple edible decorations and wrapped it in a red ribbon for a finishing touch!
I have an absolutely corker of a recipe coming up on the blog next, but if you need Christmas inspiration in the meantime why not take a look at my Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies recipe which I posted last Christmas, my Hazelnut Cranberry and Orange Biscotti Recipe or, follow me over on Instagram or Facebook to see what else I’m getting up to!