So as this is going to be my second christmas as a vegan, I am determined to make it a hell of a lot more enjoyable than my first year. This time last year I was very much so a "newbie vegan", I had been following the lifestyle for a little over two months and when it came to the festive season I really didn't think much of what I would be eating on the big day. My family knew nothing about vegan food..in fact half of them sitting around the table on christmas day I am sure were blissfully unaware of the fact that I was even vegan!. Part of me didn't want to create a fuss or draw too much attention to myself so I simply ate everything on the menu apart from the turkey and anything else that wasn't vegan, this left me with a surprisingly satisfying and hearty meal of veggies, potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce. I felt just the same as everyone else which was fantastic....until it was time for dessert. Every christmas we have a selection of desserts ranging from pavlovas to chocolate cake to christmas cake to christmas pudding. This year was no exception...but to my dismay none of it was suitable for vegans. Now it wasn't a massive deal and I do blame myself for being unprepared, however not being able to indulge in a dessert like the rest of my family did make me feel a tiny bit left out. This year I am making sure that even the vegan/odd ball/black sheep of the family has some dessert!, just to prove that vegans too can celebrate christmas and indulge in fatty, sugary, carb-loaded goodness just as much as everyone else! <3

Vegan Christmas Cake Recipe :

350g Spelt flour

175g vegan butter alternative

175g muscovado sugar

350g mixed fried fruit

100g glace cherries

150g dates

1tbsp mixed spice

1 tbsp treacle

50g chopped almonds

zest of 1 orange

120ml plant milk

2tbsp red wine vinegar

1tsp baking soda

Brandy (optional)

Method:

1) Preheat oven to 150 degrees

2) Sieve flour and mixed spice into a large bowl

3) Rub in vegan butter alternative until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs 

4) Stir in almonds and treacle

5) stir in mixed dried fruit, dates and cherries 

6) In a saucepan, warm half of plant milk and add the red wine vinegar

7) Add baking soda to the other half of the milk then add to warm milk and vinegar 

8) Stir into dry ingredients 

9) Add 1 brandy shot (optional)

10) Spoon into a cake tin lined with grease proof paper and bake for 2 hours

Optional extras:

If you want your cake to have more of an alcoholic kick then you can get a skewer to poke holes in the cake and slowly add in more brandy over the next few days.

Most people choose to decorate their cake with the traditional layer of marzipan, followed by jam (to act as a glue), followed by royal icing. I purchased ready to roll marzipan and icing in my local supermarket to make life easy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published by Shannon's Vegan Journey