Egg less Christmas plum cake- alcohol free

Christmas plum cake

Christmas  is a borrowed festival which I love to celebrate. First of all.. There’s is a special place for the Christmas cake and then there is Santa. Aren’t they good reasons to have some good spirits.

I really enjoyed the Christmas countdown during my days in Philippines. Everywhere people were gearing up for gifting, decorating, helping the community and celebrating. I love decorating the tree and soaking the fruit.
In the midst of all that i kept looking for the lovely Kerala style Christmas  plum cake..
Finally came across an old snap piece of paper which my mom had hand written the recipe during one of my visits. That was a preparation with proper soaking and eggs.
This was a unique  preparation, with a mild aroma from the cinnamon and cloves and with sweet bites of dry fruit. A hint of vanilla with the orange rind all made this cake so complex.Yet the cake is soft and crumbly to the touch.
Tweaking the recipe to its best over multiple trials here we are with the egg less  alcohol free Christmas plum cake.
I did try various methods to soak the fruits but always felt the lingering taste of alcohol  in them… Which I really did not like.  Then came a long a simple solution. Made the almost perfect bake  too good. Now, this eggless alcohol  free version of Christmas plum cake is in super demand. It’s the second one I am baking this week… On demand.
Honestly I find this better than the doughy ones last time I bought out of greed from the store.
Next I would like to make the teacake from the tea stalls in Kerala…it has a lot of dark raisins  and a hint of caraway seeds.  If any of you have a recipe… Will love to try it and share it’s due credit.
Meanwhile you could try out a few  of my simple beginner bakes
Christmas plum cake

Christmas plum cake

Egg less and alcohol free
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Desserts, Sweets and savories, Traditional
Cuisine American, Baby toddler food, Baking, Indian, International, Kerala, Kids choice, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 12 slices


  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar darker the better.
  • 1 cup nuts / dry fruits raisins, chopped dates, tooti- frooti, candied orange peel, sweetened cherries
  • 2/3 cup apple juice unsweetened
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 stick cinnamon stick
  • 1 pinch nutmeg grated
  • 1/2 cup butter use coconut oil for vegan choice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup warm water


  •  Soak the fruits in 2/3cup apple juice the previous night and leave it in the refrigerator. 
  • Melt the butter and set aside 
  • Crush the whole spices and keep ready. 
  • Pre-heat oven to 170C. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
  • Then, add the  melted butter, vanilla ,citrus zest and sugar and whisk well
  • Add in the crushed spices and gently mix.
  • In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda and salt.
  • Add the sifted dry mix a little at a time.
  • Gently fold until the batter has no flour streaks left in in it.
  • Pour into the prepared loaf tin and bake in the pre-heated oven  for about 40 minutes.
  • Check for fineness with a toothpick.  If it comes out clean it's baked fine.  
  • Remove the pan and leave it to come to room temperature. 
  • Remove the loaf and Cool completely. 
  • Dust with a thin layer of icing sugar if desired or drizzle in a bit of white chocolate ganache.  
  • Enjoy the Christmas  season. 
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Poonam Bachhav
6 years ago

Lovely share !

6 years ago

This looks delicious!

Lulu B - Calabrisella Mia
6 years ago

Great post! I have never had Plum Cake…looks yummy!

6 years ago

Healthy cake? haha! Love the nuts and fruit with whole wheat flour

Mayuri Patel
5 years ago

Lovely bake Seema, two years ago tried baking an eggless plum cake and it failed. Had to use it up as a base for dessert. Now I have a tried and tasted recipe… yours !

Beth Neels
Beth Neels
5 years ago

That looks very delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

Amanda Wren-Grimwood
5 years ago

I love the idea of soaking the fruit in apple juice rather than alcohol and I love the fact that this is egg free too!

Claudia Canu
5 years ago

This looks absolutely delicious! I’ll definitely try to bake it and I’m sure everyone at home will love it!

Jeannette (Jay Joy)
5 years ago

Tweaking recipes can be a hit or miss, however, we can never really resist… and sometimes we hit the nail on the head! This Christmas Plum Cake looks amazing. You enjoy the Christmas season too!

Shruti khanna
Shruti khanna
5 years ago

Can we add fresh orange juice in place of apple juice

Shruti khanna
Shruti khanna
Reply to  mildlyindian
5 years ago

Actually I have tried this, it’s comes out amazing but it’s little bit crumble. It’s taste is also amazing… Thank you so much dear for such a wonderful recipe… If you have any solution for make it less crumble pls tell me…

5 years ago

Can we use add apple cider vinegar instead of apple juice..? Or a mix of both?

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