I made this to share with my family for Christmas Day. Husband got day release from hospital for Christmas, so against all odds it turned out to be a really good day! I also made stollen, but that recipe needs a little work.
- 180g coconut oil/vegan spread (I used Vitalite)
- 180g sugar (I used cheap white)
- 3 mashed bananas (I brought an over-ripe bunch for 20p and they’ve been perfect for cakes. Brown bananas are good for banana ice-cream too)
- 180g wholewheat flour
- 700g mixed fruit
- 50ml orange juice (or alcohol, if you drink)
- zest of 1 orange
- Cinnamon and mixed spice to taste
- Ready-made marzipan and white icing (what? I was really tired! Be sure to check the icing you buy doesn’t contain eggs – royal icing usually does. I saw some vegan royal icing recipes online using aquafaba and stuff, but…I just don’t have what it takes to start experimenting with aquafaba icing right now lol)
- Optional; swap 100g of the mixed fruit for chopped dried apricots, glacé cherries or nuts (or 300g of mixed fruit for 100g of each, or whatever combination suits you)
Cream the sugar and oil/spread, then mix in the bananas, flour, orange juice, orange zest and spices. Add the dried fruit and make sure everything is thoroughly mixed.
Spread the mixture neatly into a cake tin and fold a sheet of tin foil over the top (apparently wrapping the cake in newspaper also works, but since I have a gas oven I’m not massively keen to try this out for myself). You need the tin foil so that the outside of the cake won’t burn over the long baking time.
Bake at Gas Mark 1/140C/275F for around 4 1/4 hours – until a knife or toothpick comes out clean. Let it cool completely, then cover it with the marzipan and white icing.
I made this with 100g of apricots, because I don’t like cherries and Sister doesn’t like nuts. I think they did give it a lift and improved it, but if you were stuck for cash I think it would be perfectly fine with just the mixed fruit, which you can usually buy in value packs.