|This is a Christmas Cake with a difference. Many older people prefer not to eat sugary treats, so I experimented a few times before coming up with this recipe. I tested it with various people and got a very good feedback. So here is my recipe for a SugarlessWholemeal Christmas Cake for those who wish to make it for loved ones this year.
2 cups wholemeal flour; 3 2/3 cups mixed, dried, sugarless fruits like papaya, pineapple, grated ginger, raisins,orange/lemon zest and so on (use your imagination and mix and match the quantities); 150 gms almond meal; 1 tsp baking powder; 1/2 tsp baking soda; 1/2 tsp mixed spice; 1 tsp cinnamon; 2 tbsp dark cocoa for the colour; 4 large eggs; 250 gms butter; 2 tsp vanilla essence and 6 tbsp fresh grapefruit juice.
9 inch circular baking pan x 2; stencil of Christmas figures like stars, angels, doves etc; pink sugar or icing sugar
Preheat oven at 180 Centigrade and keep hot. Place all the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until glazed. Pour into well greased circular 9 inch pans and bake 40 minutes or until skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool thoroughly. Next day un mould cake onto a board, right side up. Place stencil in the centre of the cake and press firmly down. Sprinkle the pink sugar all over. Gently lift up the stencil and admire your exquisite design. Photograph for posterity before you gift it to an appreciative friend. Your house will smell like a spice garden and each time you open the container, you will be tempted to take a bite.
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