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Five fruit cake loaf slices stacke on top of each other, there is a hand holding the top slice. In the background is a cup of tea and various whole spices.

Fruit Cake Loaf

This fruit cake loaf is moist, fruity and comforting and is so much easier than a regular fruit cake, you only need six ingredients! And as a bonus: it's completely vegan, oil-free and can be made gluten-free too!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Soaking Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Tea Time
Cuisine British
Servings 10 slices
Calories 182 kcal


  • 1 Flax Egg 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds + 2.5 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp Loose Leaf Tea or 4 tea bags
  • 400 ml Boiled Water
  • 250 g Soft Dates see notes
  • 80 g Coconut Sugar
  • 300 g Plain Flour use gluten-free if necessary
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon optional
  • 1/2 tsp Allspice optional


  • Make your flax egg by mixing the flax seeds with 2.5 tbsp water and set aside.
  • Add your loose leaf tea (or the contents of your tea bags) into freshly boiled water. Stir and set aside to brew for 10 minutes.
  • Finely chop your dates or blend them up. Strain your tea and pour over the dates. Let the dates soak in the tea for 30 minutes.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and spices in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix the coconut sugar into the date-tea mixture until combined. Add to the dry mixture along with the flax egg and apple cider vinegar.
  • Pour into a greased 1 lb loaf tin and bake in a pre-heated oven @ 180°C (160C fan / 350°F) for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown, and a skewer or knife comes out clean.
  • Leave in the tin for 10 minutes, then remove and place on a cooling rack to cool down for at least 30 minutes.
  • Serve warm or toasted with vegan butter!


These nutritional values are provided as a guide only and may be different depending on your ingredients and measurements.
  • Read the blog post contents for ingredient substitutions and recipe notes!
  • You can use any dried fruit if you don't have dates!


Nutrition Facts
Fruit Cake Loaf
Serving Size
1 slice
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword date cake, date loaf, fruit cake, loaf cake, tea loaf, vegan fruit cake
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