Christmas Cake

by Jill Dalton

Christmas Cake

Jill Dalton
The holiday season is here so what better way to celebrate than with a Christmas Cake with an Orange Custard Topping. This Plant Based Vegan Christmas Cake is literally chocked full of flavor and is gluten free, refined sugar-free and oil-free! Perfect for sharing with your loved ones or just enjoying a slice with a nice hot comforting drink.
4.75 from 4 votes
Servings 10 people
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 2 hours 30 minutes
Total 2 hours 45 minutes

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Orange Custard

  • cup cashews
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate, frozen
  • ¼ cup deglet dates, diced
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla


  • Soak the dried fruit in the black tea overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Add the oat flour, baking soda and powder, cinnamon and ginger to a mixing bowl and stir well.
  • Stir the molasses into the soy milk.
  • Add the milk mixture along with soaked dried fruit (do not drain tea from dried fruit), nuts and orange zest to the flour mixture and stir well.
  • Pour into a silicone or well greased bundt pan.
  • Bake for 2 – 2 1/2 hours.
  • Cool for at least 20 minutes before removing it from the bundt pan.
  • Blend the orange custard ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Pour into a saucepan on medium heat and stir until thickness desired (I like mine a pourable consistency)
  • Pour custard over each slice once removed from cake.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
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Nutrition info

Calories: 261kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 7gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.001gCholesterol: 0.002mgSodium: 178mgPotassium: 442mgFiber: 5gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 210IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 162mgIron: 2mg

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Annabelle December 11, 2021 - 11:13 am

Do u drain the black tea off the fruit?

Jill Dalton December 14, 2021 - 10:36 am


Grace December 12, 2021 - 8:08 am

Hi Jill, i can’t drink coffee or black or green teas. Is there some other liquid, like an herbal tea or Dandy Blend is that something I coudl try in place? thanks

Jill Dalton December 14, 2021 - 10:35 am

I have heard other people using herbal tea.

Celeste December 14, 2021 - 2:10 pm

You could also soak the fruit in orange juice.

Louisa D'Souza December 13, 2021 - 11:47 am

Hello Jill, I’m Louisa D’Souza from Mumbai, India. I’m not sure if we get blackstrap molasses here…could u pls let me know if I can omit it or could I substitute it with date syrup or brown rice syrup? Many thanks,

Jill Dalton December 14, 2021 - 10:35 am

You can omit it. It is really just for the flavor.

Kris December 15, 2021 - 6:30 pm

Hi Jill, thank you for creating this recipe. I tried it today. I’m a novice cook, but have really been trying to be a better one since turning WFPB. However, I still find myself making rookie mistakes, so I thought I would share the mistakes I made when making this cake. I used dehydrated mangos, Goji berries, raisins, dehydrated apples, and a few dates. All fruit was chopped into smaller pieces. Mango was not a good idea as it became pudding-like. Also, I used two silicone bread pans because that’s all I have. I thought it would have a similar thickness at its widest size as the bundt pan. But it seemed to take more than 2 and a half hours. I pulled it from the oven because i didn’t want to risk burning it. It seemed quite wet inside. In the end, I blame the mangos for making this problem. It doesn’t have the desired consistency, but it is super delicious and I can’t thank you enough!

Brian December 18, 2021 - 5:17 pm

Jill you are amazing!!! This is incredible. I just made it and am in heaven!! Thank you and a very Happy Christmas to you and yours!

James December 19, 2021 - 7:28 am

I made this wonderful cake yesterday to, you know, try it out before serving it to guests over the holidays.
It is amazing! This is the first fruitcake I’ve ever made, because I don’t like the “candied” fruitcakes I’ve tried over my lifetime. But this cake, with the orange custard, is fantastic. I did add a bit of nutmeg to the mix, and substituted black walnuts for the English walnuts.
Thank you for working out such an outstanding recipe for us.

Flo December 19, 2021 - 4:04 pm

Jill can you freeze the cake. Just made mine and it came out of the silicone pan as soon as I turned it over. Now to keep my husband from testing it. Thanks for the recipe.

Jill Dalton December 20, 2021 - 9:53 am

I haven’t tried freezing it but I think it would do ok.

Michelle January 15, 2022 - 11:34 am

I am making this today. The recipe says 2 1/2 cups rolled oats, but the grams listed are 20?? I assume that is a typo? What is the correct weight measurement?

Jill Dalton January 15, 2022 - 10:12 pm

Thank you for catching that Michelle. Just a typo. It is 200g.

Anne-Marie Jennings December 14, 2022 - 2:25 pm

Hi Jill
I made your cake yesterday, my first WFPB Christmas cake! I soaked the fruit for 3 days in the end, and the cake is fantastic! So moist and delicious, a true reminder of the Christmas flavours I love and grew up with in NZ. And the orange custard is to die for with it! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe and your inspiration, bringing a lovely taste of home and Christmas to life. ❤️

Jolly P January 2, 2023 - 11:48 pm

Can you replace black tea with dried gooseberry water? Just thinking about kind friendly cake with no caffeine

Jill Dalton January 5, 2023 - 8:49 am

I have never tried that but I think it would be ok.

Almudena July 17, 2023 - 7:51 am

We don’t have orange juice concentrate in Australia, what can we use instead, please?

Jill Dalton July 17, 2023 - 8:03 pm

You can use steeped black tea


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