Rather than buy some plastic-wrapped Christmas cake with fake marzipan, palm oil and animal ingredients, why not make your own? Whether you go for a dried fruit classic or a boozy Christmas cake, here are some good recipes.
Keep Christmas cake away from pets as it contains toxic dried fruit (also don’t give leftovers to birds, as the fat and alcohol inside could harm, and stale crumbs can choke). If used, choose palm-oil-free vegan butter.
The Ultimate Vegan Christmas Cake (The Veg Space) is a recipe by a professionally trained chef. Easy to make, this is rich and boozy, and uses a ‘no soak’ method to give all the festive flavours and texture, without any hassle. Most Christmas cakes have icing, which often has egg. Good brands of vegan powdered (icing) sugar free from egg are Suma (UK) or Wholesome! (US).
Suma Vegan Christmas Cake is a recipe you are sure to enjoy. This family fruit cake was handed down by someone’s mums and includes brandy, or just have the fruit if wished.
Where to Buy Vegan Panettone
Veganettone is the Italian vegan version of Panettone, a dry cake that is often eaten at Christmas, often served with (in this case vegan) ice-cream. This one is vegan, organic and free from palm oil. Made to artisanal traditions that are passed down from 4 generations, the sourdough starter is aired three times daily and the dough risen 4 times over 72 hours. Mindful Bites also makes several other panettone, including salted caramel and chocolate.
Organic Wheat Panettone Christmas Cake is a plant-based version of a traditional Christmas cake. This one is made with sultanas and dried chocolate, alongside a wheat sourdough starter, citrus and vanilla flavours.
This handmade vegan panettone Christmas cake is made with organic stone flour and olive oil, with fresh mother yeasts, organic raisins and natural vanilla, with essential orange oil.