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Can I Make A Gluten-Free Chocolate Fruit Cake?

Asked by LadyW42. Answered on 21st October 2023

Full question

I make many of Nigella’s wonderful chocolate fruit cakes every year to give to family and friends but this year need to make a gluten free version. Can I just substitute gluten-free flour for the amount of plain flour specified in the recipe or is there another method? Thank you!

Chocolate Fruit Cake
Photo by James Merrell
Chocolate Fruit Cake
By Nigella
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Our answer

Nigella's Chocolate Fruit Cake (from FEAST) is a moist fruit cake that has the advanatage of not needing to be matured and is often liked by those who don't like a traditional rich fruit cake. It is made with a combination of ground almonds (almond meal or almond flour) and plain (all-purpose) flour but should convert to gluten-free flour.

As gluten-free flours can absorb more liquid, we would suggest slightly changing the ratios of flour and almonds and using 100g (¾ cup) gluten-free flour plus 125g (1¼ cups) of ground almonds. The baking time should be about the same and the cake is baked when a cake tester inserted into the centre comes out clean or just with a couple of crumbs on it (but not uncooked cake batter). However, as we have not tried the cake in gluten-free form, we are unable to guarantee the results. You may also like to consider Nigella's Gorgeously Golden Fruit Cake as a gluten-free option.

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