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Gluten Free Christmas Cake Ring

Makes 1 ring cake

By combining two different cake tins this traditional fruit cake circle is a great gluten, egg and nut free option for a celebration. You can use any type of satsuma, tangerine or clementine for the candied citrus topping.

Free from Gluten, Egg, Soya, Wheat, Dairy, Nuts
Vegetarian, Vegan


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Fruit Cake

  1. Weigh the raisins, sultanas, currants, cherries, mixed peel and cranberries into a bowl.
  2. Add the sherry, stir to mix and set aside overnight if possible.
  3. Pre-heat the oven.
  4. Cut a 300mm/12” square of parchment, greaseproof or brown paper, fold the corners to meet in the middle, press to make folded flaps and save for later.
  5. Rub some oil around the inside of a deep 20cm/8" round cake tin and the outside of a 10cm/4” round cake tin.
  6. Line the base and inside edges of the 20cm/8" cake tin and the outside edges of the 10cm/4” cake tin with parchment.
  7. Stand the smaller tin inside the larger tin.
  8. Sieve the flour and mixed spice into a bowl, set aside.
  9. Put the butter and sugar into another large mixing bowl and beat together until light and fluffy.
  10. Break the eggs into the bowl one at a time, ensuring each is well incorporated before adding the next. Or mix together the chickpea flour, xanthan and water and add this instead.
  11. Add the prepared flour followed by the 1 tbsp water and mix together well.
  12. Stir in the prepared fruit.
  13. Tip the mixture into the circular space between the two prepared tins.
  14. Push the mixture down and smoothing the top, ensuring that the smaller tin is central.
  15. Place the prepared paper square over the cake tin with the folded flaps pointing down to loosely cover the tin when it goes into the oven.
  16. Bake for 2-2¼ hours.
  17. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 12 hours.
  18. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack.
  19. When quite cold, wrap the cake tightly in aluminium foil and store in an airtight tin for up to 6 weeks.

Candied Citrus

  1. Cut the citrus into 3mm ⅛” thin slices.
  2. Put the granulated sugar and water into a saucepan over a medium heat and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add the sliced citrus to the syrup, simmer gently for about two hours then leave to cool in the syrup.
  4. Pre-heat the oven and line a baking tray with a baking liner or parchment.
  5. Drain the satsuma slices and lay them on the prepared baking tray.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Turn the slices over and bake for a further 20 minutes.
  8. Leave to cool.


  1. Measure the icing sugar and two spoons of orange juice into a bowl, stir to combine adding additional drops of the orange juice to make a stiff mixture that just starts to flow.
  2. Drizzle the icing over the top of the cold cake.
  3. Press the prepared satsuma slices on top of the icing.


1 x 20cm/8" deep, round cake tin, 1 x 10cm/4” deep, round cake tin, baking parchment, saucepan, large baking tray and 3 x mixing bowls


150°C, Fan 130°C, 300°F, Gas 2

Cooking time

2-2¼ hours for fruit cake and 40 minutes for candied citrus
The whole family loved this Christmas cake and it looked fantastic. I was worried about being gluten, dairy and egg free this christmas but Doves Farm recipes really helped to keep everything feeling normal as though I wasn't missing out. I used these recipes for the whole family. The cake was lovely and moist and very tasty. I used the chickpea flour in it. I didn't have the right tins to make the ring, so instead used an 8 inch cake tin with a washed out tin (that had previously had soup in it) with the paper packaging removed and wrapped it in baking powder with a few dried lentils in the middle to keep it stable. It worked really well. I didn't bother with the candied citrus and just used icing drizzled over the top with some Christmas decorations on top. It was so effective, looked great and was so easy to make. Will definitely make it again next year.
By Diane Marshall
29 Dec 2020
Good recipe. Replaced sherry with orange juice and butter with coconut oil. Worked very well - would recommend.
By katrina mustfa
30 Dec 2020
A really delicious recipe, however it did need a bit more time in the oven to really set solid. Im not sure what the lemon, grated rind and juice was for at the end. Couldn't find it in the method? Instead of simmering the orange slices for 2 hours, i put them in the slow cooker for a few hours, that was a lot more convenient. The cake was moist and full of fruit, a real winner with the family. Thank you Doves farm, as usual your recipes are always lovely.
By Renuka Baldwin
16 Dec 2018

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