Gluten Free Christmas Cake cooked in a Thermal Cooker

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Gluten Free Christmas Cake cooked in a Thermal Cooker
Author: Adapted from a recipe by Doves Farm
This simple to make Gluten-free Christmas cake recipe has been adapted to work in a thermal cooker. It can of course be used at any celebration where you would like a rich fruit cake but need it to be gluten free.
  • 125 g Butter
  • 125 g Soft Brown Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 2 tbsps Brandy or Fruit Juice
  • 1 Lemon Rind & Juice
  • 150 g Gluten Free Plain Flour
  • 400 g Mixed Dried Fruits
  • 100 g Glacé Cherries
  • 100 g Mixed Peel
  • 100 g Almonds
  • 1 tsp Vegetable Oil
Prepare Mr D’s Cake Tin (available from
  1. Cut a circle of baking paper to fit the base
  2. Butter the tin base and side
  3. Place the circle of baking paper in the base
  4. Butter the surface of the baking paper
  1. Cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the eggs, mixed spice, brandy, lemon rind and juice.
  3. Mix in the flour.
  4. Stir in the mixed dried fruits, glacé cherries, mixed peel and almonds.
  5. Turn the cake mix into Mr D’s Cake Tin and use the wooden spoon to flatten the surface. Clip on the cake tin lid.
  6. Put a trivet (available from in Thermal Cooker inner pot. Add enough water to come about ¾ inch above the trivet.
  7. Put the inner pot on the hob to bring to the boil.
  8. When the water comes to the boil, place the cake tin onto the trivet.
  9. Turn down the heat, put the inner pot lid on and maintain at a simmer for 40 minutes.
  10. Put the simmering hot inner pot into Mr D’s Thermal Cooker vacuum insulated outer pot and close the outer pot lid.
  11. Leave to cook without power for a minimum of 4½ hours or overnight.
Once Cooked
  1. Take the cake tin out of the Thermal Cooker.
  2. Open the cake tin lid, place a cake rack on top of the tin and tip both over. Tap the base of the cake tin and gently ease the cake onto the cake rack.
  3. Leave to cool.
  4. Store the cake in an airtight container.
To decorate
  1. Dissolve some apricot jam. Use this to stick the dried fruit and nuts on the top. Once decorated coat the nuts and fruit with some dissolved apricot jam to give it a nice glaze.
  2. If you prefer cover with marzipan, icing and decorations.