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Gluten Free Fruit Cake (Simnel Cake Option)

A delicious moist gluten free fruit cake that can be made into a simnel cake for Easter. It's gluten free, can be dairy free and is suitable for those with coeliac (celiac) disease.
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Servings 12
Author Vicki Montague


  • 400 g mixed dried fruit - or dried fruit selection of choice
  • 1 orange - zest and juice
  • 1 lemon - zest and juice
  • 175 g butter - or margarine or coconut oil
  • 75 g brown sugar - can be increased to 150g if not using marzipan
  • 225 g Free From Fairy plain gluten free flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 4 medium eggs - ideally organic
  • 500 g marzipan - optional


  • Place the orange and lemon zest and juice into a large bowl with the mixed dried fruit and leave for at least 15 minutes
  • Turn the oven on to 180 degrees C/160 degree fan
  • Cream the butter and sugar together before adding the eggs, flour, baking powder and mixed spice. Beat until well combined
  • Finally add the mixed dried fruit and juice and stir well to combine
  • Grease an 18cm diameter circular tin and scoop half the cake mixture in if making a simnel cake. If making a fruit cake scoop all the mixture in and skip to step 9
  • If making a simnel cake divide the marzipan into two pieces and roll into balls
  • Roll both balls out to the size of your tin
  • Place one disk on top of the cake mixture and top with the remaining cake mixture
  • Cook the cake for around 1 hour 20 minutes until cooked through (and a skewer comes out clean)
  • Allow to cool before brushing with apricot jam and adding the remaining disk of marzipan for simnel cake. Or decorate however you like.


Nutrition information includes the marzipan and 75g sugar in the cake.

Nutrition (Approx)

Calories: 511kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 505mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 480IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 4mg