This is my Dairy free Christmas cake, with a difference, as you can see it is a lot lighter than the usual Christmas cakes that you see around. The cake itself is a sponge mixture, but to give it a Christmas feel, the fruit mix contains cranberries and apricots, instead of your usual, raisins and sultana’s.
The cake itself is light and airy, and although it hasn’t been steeped with brandy or rum, it actually doesn’t need it as the cake itself will last long enough to see in the New Year and beyond.
As you can see the cake has been covered with marzipan and icing. In 2014 I may endeavour to make my own, as it seems easy to make. And perhaps another more interesting and exciting cake
As promised yesterday, I have baked some dairy free mince pies. The recipe for the pastry is so easy and it only uses 4 ingredients, who would have thought the less the ingredients the better the pastry. However, there is a twist to the pastry as I have added cinnamon to it, to add a more festive feel. The mincemeat itself contains cranberry and port, and is delicious. The pastry with the beaten egg has given the pastry a golden texture and the mince pies are crisp and delicious.
Shop bought mince pies can be so bland, where as homemade can made as a small, trial batch and if liked, further larger batches can be made nearer to Christmas, in case of unexpected visitors during the festive period.
These delicious and freshly baked Christmas cakes are unusual a with the fruit mix as they contain cranberry and apricot, the other being they are dairy free . The cake on the left hand side of the picture also contains mixed spice to give it a christmas feel to it and the other has freshly grated nutmeg also to give it that hint of christmas. One will be frozen and marzipan and iced later in the lead up to christmas week and one will be passed on so that my partner can enjoy the cake as well. I’m thrilled that both cakes have turned out so well and both baked in under an hour. I will be making mince pies tomorrow as is my want and the pastry will be dairy free again, as I’ll be using Pure Sunflower spread as I have no reaction to that and there may be further pictures to post during the weekend
Something new from the kitchen, freshly baked and all dairy free. coffee and ginger stars, cakes in themselves and would be delicious with cream or ice cream, depending on the weather. The cake in the front is coffee and cream, pure indulgence and all dairy free. The sponge is light and airy and nobody would ever think that they were homemade and twice as yummy.
Whether your a vegan. or vegetarian these cakes are enjoyable for everyone and flavours can be changed to your own tastes and delights. As I can’t have chocolate this coffee and cream cake is a fantastic substitute, but so are the coffee and ginger stars. The cakes are always eaten and possibly more are made to be and passed on.
The coffee and ginger stars taste delicious and would quite happily make more for anyone. There easy to make and yummy either with cream or custard, even ice cream, they could be used as an alternative to a christmas pudding as they are light in texture and bake evenly, although they may take a little longer to cook.
The coffee and cream cake can be used as a dessert, although being me I wouldn’t have a sliver of a slice, but quite a large chunk, I may have it with fruit as an alternative to custard or ice cream, or a fruit based jus or sauce.
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