Eggfree Wheat Christmas Cake

December 15, 2020mayurisjikoni
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Eggfree Wheat Christmas  Cake 

Eggfree Wheat Christmas Cake is full of soaked dried and candied fruits, nuts and spices. A vegetarian friendly cake made without any eggs. Also, no alcohol is used to soak the fruit. A Christmas Cake that is incredibly easy to make, flavorful and moist.

I’ve been baking Eggfree Wheat Christmas Cake for several years but till now, was not able to put the recipe on my blog. Just as well as over the years subtle changes has resulted in a foolproof recipe. The changes I made is is replacing all purpose flour with wheat, replacing white sugar with brown. The types of dried fruits and candied fruits vary every year, depending on what is available. And I love to use my homemade Tea Masala/ Chai Spice Mixture to give it that warm spicy aroma and taste.

Baking Eggfree Wheat Christmas Cake as an Edible Gift

Many of friends do not bake a Christmas Cake. Therefore, this gives me the opportunity to bake and gift it to them. I bake small loaves, big ones, and individual servings too. Also I like using the individual baked ones for parties or as party favor.  Any cake not used I store in the fridge and later warm it up and serve as a dessert with some ice cream or hot custard.

Some Important Points to Remember:

  • Use dried fruits like cranberries, blueberries, cherries, raisins, sultana, pineapple, kiwi, strawberries, figs, dates, apricot, banana, apple, peaches, coconut, plums, candied cherries, candied orange and lemon peel, etc.
  • Use nuts like cashew nuts, pistachios, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia, etc.
  • Soak the dried fruit in fresh orange juice, apple juice, brewed black tea or rum, brandy, sherry or sweet wine.
  • Chop the nuts and fruits nearly the same size about 1 cm. Bigger pieces makes cutting the cake into nice slices difficult.
  • Bake the cake at low temperature. Because this cake is loaded with fruits and nuts and is pretty dense, bake it at low temperature. Otherwise the middle of the cake will remain raw.
  • Use fresh spices.
  • Coat the soaked and strained fruit with flour.
  • Don’t overflow the tin with batter.
  • Use wheat flour that is suitable for rotis, paratha and not the one for bread.

To Decorate or Not

  • Generally Christmas Cakes are decorated with marzipan, royal icing or fondant.
  • Some sprinkle icing or powdered sugar over it.
  • Some decorate it with nuts and fruits on top.
  • Or leave it plain, tastes just as good.


Some Other Cake Ideas for Christmas

Easy Christmas Cake – with egg, the moist dried or candied fruits are used and requires no soaking at all.

Orange Saffron Semolina Cake – a different kind of cake to enjoy for Christmas, light with a melt in the mouth kind of texture.

Pistachio and Rose Cake – an exotic bake for Christmas, flavorful and aromatic.

Orange Chocolate Muffins – eggfree, with candied cherries and ideal for kids as some don’t like dense fruit cakes.

Try Renu’s Whole Wheat Classic Christmas Cake whereby she soaks the dried fruit in brandy a week or so before baking.


Ingredients required for Eggfree Wheat Christmas Cake 

  • Dried Fruits – any of your choice, best to take a mixture of what is available in your area. Check the list I’ve mentioned above.
  • Fresh orange Juice – you can use brewed black tea or apple juice. Its used for soaking the dried fruits.
  • Wholewheat Flour – I use the flour we normally use for roti, paratha. Usually called atta.
  • Baking Powder – rising agent
  • Baking Soda – Soda Bicarbonate – rising agent
  • Mixed Nuts – lightly roasted and chopped, any of your choice.
  • Salt – adding salt balances the overall flavour
  • Brown Sugar – I’ve used what we get here locally. Use any brown sugar or coconut sugar. Feel free to replace the sugar with jaggery powder.
  • Melted Butter – unsalted or salted. For vegan version replace the butter with a suitable fat or coconut oil.
  • Fresh lemon zest – optional, can add vanilla extract or orange zest.
  • For the Spice mixture – you need ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and clove powder. Make sure the powders are fresh and aromatic.

Dietary Tips:

  • vegetarian
  • For vegan version replace the butter with a vegan butter or oil.
  • Any sweet food should be consumed in moderation.



Eggfree Wheat Christmas Cake is easy to make, fruity and pure Chirstmas Indulgence. Go on bake it for your family or to gift it to loved ones.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 9 hours 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Servings 2 loaves


  • 2 cups dried fruits cut into small pieces
  • cups fresh orange juice or brewed black tea
  • cups wholewheat flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda soda bicarbonate
  • 1 cup mixed nuts roasted and chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1¼ -1½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup (250ml) melted butter
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest

Spice Mixture for the Cake:

  • 1 tbsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp nutmeg powder
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • ¼ tsp clove powder

For the buttermilk:

  • cup milk
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice


  • Chop any large fruit into small pieces. Add fresh juice to a glass bowl or container.
  • Add the chopped fruit to it along with the vanilla essence. Mix well.
  • Cover and let it chill in the fridge for 8-12 hours.
  • Quite a bit of the juice will be soaked up by the fruit. Strain out the excess using a strainer.
  • Mix milk and lemon juice and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 150°C.
  • Line the baking tins (9X5 inches) with parchment paper or grease them lightly with butter and dust with flour.
  • Roast the nuts lightly till crisp either on a pan or in the oven at 150°C.
  • Let them cool down a bit and then chop them into small pieces.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, the spices together into a big bowl.
  • Add the nuts and lemon zest. Mix well.
  • Add the soaked fruit and mix well.
  • In another bowl whisk melted butter, buttermilk and sugar.
  • Add the whisked liquid mixture to the flour mixture and mix lightly just till the flour gets wet.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared tins 2/3rd full.
  • Put the tins in the oven to bake.
  • Bake the cake for 1 hr 30 minutes or till the top is golden brown and the cake is done. A skewer, or cocktail stick inserted in the middle of the cake should come out clean if the cake is done.
  • Remove the cake from the oven when its done. Leave it in the tin for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove carefully from the tin and let it cool completely on a wire rack.


  • Can bake them in small loaf tins to gift friends and family. The above amount makes 4 small loaves. 
  • For a round cake, use a 10 inch cake tin.
Keyword Eggfree Wheat Christmas Cake, Wholewheat Christmas Fruit Cake

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  • Poonam Bachhav

    December 18, 2020 at 7:52 am

    5 stars
    Your Christmas cake looks so delectable ! Best part is that it is eggless and made with whole wheat flour. Indeed a healthy and delicious edible gift!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 18, 2020 at 7:09 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam. Over the years that I’ve gifted it to friends and relatives, they love it.

      1. Super duper kitchen

        December 22, 2020 at 8:04 am

        5 stars
        The texture of the cake is al good loaded with dried fruits and flavoured with spice powder. This is the type of cake that I love a lot. Most importantly it is eggless and made with whole wheat flour making it more healthy.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    December 20, 2020 at 1:17 am

    5 stars
    Gorgeous looking cake. must be equally delicious as well. I love Christmas cakes so rich and full of fruits and nuts. The best part is you have used whole wheat flour which makes it so healthy.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 20, 2020 at 12:56 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha, I too love Christmas cakes. When I baked it the first time some years back I had used plain flour and white sugar. But for the past 4 years its only wheat flour and brown sugar.

    2. Priya Srinivasan

      December 21, 2020 at 11:47 am

      5 stars
      Christmas cake looks delicious mayurji! I love Christmas fruit cakes, loaded with fruits and nuts! Lovely gift this festive season.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        December 21, 2020 at 4:52 pm

        Thank you so much Priya, I too love Christmas Cakes full of nuts and fruits. Christmas gives us the opportunity to indulge in this flavourful cake.

      2. Hem lata srivastava

        December 21, 2020 at 8:48 pm

        First of all I would say that the cake looks amazing.
        You make it with whole wheat flour which is healthier than APF. Thanks for sharing such a delicious Christmas cake.

      3. mayurisjikoni

        December 21, 2020 at 10:03 pm

        Thank you so much Hem Lata.

  • Archana

    December 21, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    5 stars
    Wow what a delicious cake! Absolutely wish I can get my hands on it. Somehow i have never baked a Christmas cake sounds like a get place to start.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 21, 2020 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks Archana, its not difficult at all so do try it.

  • Indrani sen

    December 22, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Beautiful Christmas cake with the goodness of whole wheat cake

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 22, 2020 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks Indrani.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    December 22, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    5 stars
    That’s a delicious looking Christmas cake. Good that you have made with wheat flour, tasty and healthy.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 22, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks Jayashree.

  • Jolly

    December 22, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    This Christmas cake looks so inviting and delectable. Christmas cake are always fascinating me and you have made them perfectly. Till yet I didn’t tried Christmas cake, loved your cupcake style will try those soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 23, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you so much Jolly, when I baked it last year for Christmas, giving the cupcake ones was so much easier especially for small families.

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    December 23, 2020 at 9:35 am

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  • sasmita

    December 23, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Egg free Wheat Christmas Cake !!!
    Such a healthy bake for year end celebration for sure.
    LOve those cute cupcakes idea too …

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 23, 2020 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita. I took the large cups and they are a perfect size as gifts for couples or even as individual gift.

  • Chef Mireille

    December 25, 2020 at 5:06 am

    5 stars
    I always prefer when they are not frosted. I cant wait to try your version of this delicious holiday cake.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 26, 2020 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you so much Mireille. Enjoy the cake when you try it out.

  • Seema Sriram

    December 25, 2020 at 10:37 am

    5 stars
    I love all sorts of Christmas cakes. To me, these are the best-kept family recipes and traditions passed on from generations to the next. I will surely test your recipe as it is quite different from my usual go-to version.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 26, 2020 at 6:06 pm

      Thank you so much Seema. Please do try it out.

  • Preethicuisine

    December 27, 2020 at 11:58 am

    5 stars
    Delicious and healthy Christmas cake as it is eggless and made with whole wheat flour. Loaded with mixed nuts it looks irresistible. I love plain cakes undated of the ones with fondest and too much cream.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 27, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi

  • Padma Veeranki

    December 29, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    5 stars
    I love Christmas fruit cakes & this eggless wholewheat version looks so delicious with perfect texture! Yummy share for the holiday season!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 29, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      Thank you so much Padma. I too love Christmas Cakes.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    December 29, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    5 stars
    We absolutely love a good Christmas fruit cake during the holiday season and this is just the kind I have been looking for. It is eggless, alcohol free and also made with whole wheat. Thanks for sharing.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 31, 2020 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya. Give it a try.

  • Lata Lala

    January 2, 2021 at 10:28 am

    5 stars
    The Christmas cake looks amazing and so festive Mayuri. Loved how you have made it with whole wheat flour, eggless and alcohol free.
    The recipe worth a try. Thanks for sharing.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 2, 2021 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you so much Lata, please do try it.

  • Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey

    January 9, 2021 at 11:52 am

    LOVE a good Christmas cake that is made without good quality ingredients but above all lots of love! What I love about this cake is that it is Eggfree and alcohol-free which is hard to find in shops or we pay a hefty price in special shops. So homemade is the best, you make how you like!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 9, 2021 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks Jagruti, I’m sure you meant good quality ingredients.

      1. Neelam arora

        December 18, 2022 at 2:55 am

        Seems to me so tempting. What a coincidence, going to bake this Christmas. Thanks Mayuri for sharing. 😀💝

      2. mayurisjikoni

        December 23, 2022 at 2:12 am

        You’re most welcome. Happy baking.

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