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Gluten Free No Sugar Fruit Cake

Makes 1 cake

Dates are used to sweeten this cut and come again fruit cake rather than crystal sugar.

Free from Gluten, Soya, Wheat, Nuts
Vegetarian, Without crystal sugar


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1. Put the dates into a bowl, pour on the boiling water and leave to stand for 10 minutes.
2. Pre-heat the oven.
3. Rub a little of the oil around the inside of a 18cm/7" deep cake tin or insert a baking liner.
4. Measure the flour, baking powder and mixed spice into another bowl, stir to combine.
5. Drain the dates, put them into a blender and pulse into a purée.
6. Add the oil, treacle and eggs and pulse until smooth.
7. Tip the date mixture into the mixing bowl.
8. Sieve the flour blend into the mixing bowl and stir to make a smooth paste.
9. Stir in the mixed dried fruit.
10. Tip the mixture into the prepared cake tin and smooth the top.
11. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until the skewer comes out clean.
12. Leave the cake to cool in the tin before turning out.
13. Store the cold cake in an airtight tin.


18cm/7" deep cake tin, 2 x mixing bowls and blender


170°C, Fan 150°C, 325°F, Gas 3

Cooking time

55–60 minutes
This is a favourite. I’ve made It twice now. One without black treacle using honey instead as I didn’t have any. Second time round I did use black treacle. Both times it was delicious but the black treacle made a difference, added flavour. Also prefer dates without stones.
By Tessa
06 Sep 2020
lovely fruit cake, kept well in cake tin.
By Hazel
10 Jul 2020

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