Gluten-free fruit cake

  • 20 mins preparation
  • 2 hrs cooking
  • Serves 10
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Gluten-free fruit cake
  • 375 gram mixed dried fruit
  • 125 gram dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 150 gram butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup almond meal (ground almonds)
  • 3/4 cup rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 2 tablespoon gluten-free icing sugar
  • 250 gram packet gluten-free marzipan
  • 4 pieces thin florist wire, snipped into thirds


Gluten-free fruit cake
  • 1
    Combine fruit and brandy in a large bowl. Cover with plastic food wrap; stand overnight.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 150°C (180°C fan-forced). Grease and line a 19x9cm (base measurement) loaf pan with 2 layers baking paper, extending paper at long sides for handles.
  • 3
    Using an electric mixer, beat butter and caster sugar in a small bowl until light and creamy. Beat in eggs, one by one, until combined.
  • 4
    Add butter mixture to fruit mixture; stir to combine. Stir in almond meal, sifted rice flour, baking powder and mixed spice.
  • 5
    Spoon mixture into prepared pan: smooth surface. Bake for 2 hours or until a skewer inserted at centre comes out clean. Cover pan tightly with foil. Cool overnight.
  • 6
    On a workbench dusted with half the icing sugar, knead marzipan until smooth. Roll out to 4mm thick. Using star cutters, cut out 3 x 7cm stars, 3 x 4cm stars and 3 x 8cm stars. Thread stars onto wire. Set overnight.
  • 7
    Dust cake with remaining icing sugar. Arrange stars on top of cake.


Marzipan is in the cake decorations aisle; check ingredients label for gluten.

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