• 1 lb unsalted butter
  • 1 lb sugar
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 tsp lemon essence
  • 2 tsp lime rind (zested)
  • 2 tsp almond essence
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 lb all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 lb pitted prunes
  • 1 lb raisins
  • 1 lb currants
  • 2 bottles non-alcoholic red wine
  • 1 lb brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup boiling hot water

People seem to think that you cant enjoy Christmas without alcohol. Well for some folks Christmas is just as merry and in some cases merrier! Well we are going to let you all in on a secret to no-alcoholic black cake. It’s the same exact recipe except you soak the fruits for one day instead (no fermentation required) with non-alcoholic wine. Just keep in mind that this cake will not keep as long as the alcohol version, but then again since when there is left over black cake ?! :D

One day before:

Chop all the fruits and place in a large bowl. Pour non-alcoholic wine to cover fruits and leave in a  cool corner. One day should be good as long as the fruits soak up the wine.

Baking day – Blend Fruits:

Pour the soaked fruit and remaining juices into a blender and blend until thick and chunky or to desired consistency .

Prepare The Browning:

Burn the sugar until it has caramelized and add hot water gradually. Let this mixture cool.


1. Preheat oven to 275F 
2. Cream the butter and sugar.
3. Add eggs one at a time, mixing in
4. Add lemon zest, almond essence and vanilla
5. Mix and sift flour, baking powder, mixed spice and nutmeg.
6. Gradually add sifted ingredients to creamed mixture
7. Mix in fruit base and ‘browning’ prepared earlier
8. Pour batter into greased baking dishes
9. Bake for 3 hours
10. Once removed from the oven let cool


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