Vegan Christmas Fruit Bundt Cake

As you all know, preparation for Christmas has already begun 😊 So Christmas, without the fruit cake is incomplete totally. Though I always make fruit cake for Christmas each year, but this year I thought to make a healthy one and also a vegan version and that too in a bundt pan, isn’t so much interesting !! Well It is😊

Basically a Christmas cake can be light / dark, crumbly-moist to sticky-wet, spongy / heavy, leavened / unleavened, shaped as round / square / oblong as whole cakes, cupcakes with icing / glazing / dusting with icing sugar or simply kept plain as it is. A particular favorite of many people is the traditional Scottish Christmas cake, ‘Whisky Dundee’. As the name implies, the cake originated in Dundee and is made with Scotch whisky. This alcoholic fruit cake is a light and crumbly cake, loaded with fruits and candied peel (mainly currants, raisins, sultanas and cherries). This Christmas cake is particularly good for people who don’t like very rich and moist cakes. In India, mostly Christmas cakes are traditionally a fruit cake with many variants.

My version which I have prepared for this year Christmas celebration is totally a vegan fruit cake and also the flour used is whole wheat flour. Although the Christmas cakes call for soaking fruits in alcohol few days before the preparation, this vegan n healthy one is an simple and instant one, no long prior soaking is needed. So this is the cake for those are in hurry and just forgot to soak fruits in advance. Here I just go with the nuts and dry-fruits which are available in my refrigerator 😉, so for nuts I have used cashews, almonds, pistachios and for dry-fruits I have used raisins, cherries, dried apricot. You may use any other nuts and dry fruits of your choice. Also I just select a swirl bundt pan instead of regular loaf or round pan to bake this fruit cake. This vegan healthy fruit bundt cake is perfect for this holiday times and even kids will love it. So lets go in details as mentioned below.

Preparation Time : 20 mins  |  Cooking Time : 50 mins

Ingredients :        



Wheat flour

1 & ¾ cup

Baking soda

1 tsp

Cinnamon powder

1 tsp

Orange juice

½ cup

Brown sugar

¾ cup

Apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp

Orange essence

2 tbsp


1/3 cup

Nut (finely chopped)

(cashew, almond, pistachio)

½ cup

Dry fruit (finely chopped)

(raisin, cherry, dried apricot)

2/3 cup

Hot water

¾ + 1/8 cup


¼ tsp

Method :

  1. Preheat oven at 170 deg C. Grease the bundt pan well and keep aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, take all the chopped dry-fruits. Pour in hot water, stir using a spoon and keep aside to cool completely.
  3. After completely cooled down, add oil, apple cider vinegar, orange juice, brown sugar, orange essence to the fruit mixture. Stir well.
  4. Then in another mixing bowl, sieve wheat flour, cinnamon powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. Next add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  6. Gently mix everything well.
  7. Now add all the chopped nuts and again gently mix till well incorporated.
  8. Pour the batter into the greased bundt pan and bake for 45 – 50 minutes or till a knife or toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  9. Take out from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  10. Then invert and allow to cool completely.
  11. Dust some powdered sugar over the entire cake, slice and serve !

Notes :

  • The fruit mixture should be completely cooled before adding anything to this.
  • Any other dry fruits and nuts can be used.
  • Here only cinnamon powder is used which can be omitted or any other spice powder like clove powder or dried ginger powder can also be used.
  • This cake will taste best on the next day of baking.

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Sending this recipe to Fiesta Friday this week co hosted by Judi and Laurena.



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  1. Anonymous

    Ooo I love this! What a perfect sounding cake, and unbelievably vegan too! Thank you for linking up and bringing to Fiesta Friday

    1. Sasmita

      Thank you 🙂

  2. judi graber

    I love your idea of a fruit cake in a bundt pan. It makes this holiday bread more festive and special. I like the addition of orange essence. Thanks for coming to the party and sharing with Fiesta Friday.

    1. Sasmita

      Yes, the orange essence enhances more the flavor of the fruit cake.
      Thank you for liking 🙂

  3. Jhuls

    A vegan cake for Christmas sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

    1. Sasmita

      Thank you 🙂

  4. Jay Joy

    This is a great idea and looks beautiful. It is so interesting to me that so many cultures do fruit cake during the holidays. It doesn't look dry at all!

  5. Gloria | Homemade & Yummy
    Gloria | Homemade & Yummy

    This looks like a rich, dense fruitcake. Perfect for the holidays, and it would make a great food gift too. I am game to try all kinds of Christmas foods, and would welcome a slice of this for sure.

  6. Kelly Anthony

    This looks like the perfect bundt cake to serve this Christmas. Everyone will enjoy a large slice of this fruit bundt cake.

  7. Cheese Curd In Paradise
    Cheese Curd In Paradise

    It is great that this is vegan so everyone can enjoy it! I also like the addition of the ACV. I am excited to try this!

  8. Danielle

    This looks perfect for christmas! What a beautiful cake, and I am loving all the flavors!

  9. Linda

    I'm so excited to try this recipe! It's perfect homemade gift for my vegan friends. Although I don't mind having one myself too!

  10. Stine Mari

    It' great to have a few vegan cake recipes up our sleeves too. And this looks delicious and easy to make!

  11. Jacqueline Debono

    This bundt fruit cake looks fabulous. I've never used a swirl bundt pan. Need to try that. Great idea making it vegan. That way no one gets left out from enjoying it!

  12. Kacie

    A bundt cake always looks so impressive at Christmas time! It looks great 🙂

  13. cookwithrenu

    Awesome and delicious bake and love the fact that it is vegan. Love the shape of the bundt pan.

  14. Krista Price

    This bundt cake is beautiful. Love that it's dairy-free/Vegan …something tells me no one would ever know the difference!

  15. Mirelle

    Bundt cake is a must have during the holidays! Having this vegan option is awesome!

  16. April

    I agree – a fruit cake is an important part of every Christmas. I love mine moist and extra sweet. Your recipe is so special!

  17. Deborah Vogts

    Thanks for sharing this recipe for fruit cake.

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