Hi, I love making the Chocolate Fruit Cake every Christmas but I have some friends that can't eat gluten. This recipe does use flour but is there a simple way to make it gluten free? Can I just substitute the plain flour for a gluten-free flour or do I need to adjust the raising agents or liquids etc? I would love to be able to share the awesome squidginess of this cake with all my friends! Thanks very much.
Nigella's Chocolate Fruit Cake (from FEAST) is a popular alternative to a traditional fruit cake. It is also often enjoyed by people who do not like rich fruit cakes. It is moist and squidgy and is also easy to make, as the fruit does not need to be soaked beforehand.
The cake contains a mixture of ground almonds (almond meal) and plain (all-purpose) flour. As the ratio of flour is quite low in comparison to the other ingredients it suggests that the cake may convert to a gluten-free option, but would need some form of flour as well as the ground nuts. We suspect that the best option would be to use some gluten-free flour (a blend made for baking) and some extra ground almonds and we would opt for using 100g (¾ cup) gluten-free flour plus 50g (¼ cup) extra of ground almonds instead of the plain flour. So the total amount of ground almonds used in the recipe would now be 125g (1¼ cups). However we would mention that as we have not tried the cake in this gluten-free form, we are unable to guarantee the results. You may also like to consider Nigella's Gorgeously Golden Fruit Cake as this is the blonde sister to the Chocolate Fruit Cake, but is already gluten-free.