Red velvet Christmas cake

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Our red velvet Christmas cake is a delicious twist on a classic Christmas cake, and it’s gluten free! The stunning cake tastes great and is rich with dried fruits and warming spices. The decoration of this cake is so sophisticated but still has a bit of festive sparkle. Make this red velvet Christmas cake and impress all your friends and family this festive season.

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 200ml ruby port
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 350g mixed dried fruit
  • 150g dried cranberries
  • 250g butter
  • 250g dark muscovado sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 250g gluten-free plain flour
  • 1tbsp ground mixed spice
  • pinch of gluten-free baking powder
  • 90g beetroot, grated
  • 2tbsp beetroot powder or squeeze of red paste colouring
  • 1tbsp vanilla extract
  • 60g ground almonds
  • 20cm greased and lined deep cake tin

To decorate:

  • 3tbsp apricot jam, warmed and sieved
  • 1kg packet white marzipan
  • 500g packet royal icing
  • 1tsp glycerine
  • bronze sand glitter
  • bronze crunch sprinkles
  • 5cm wide gold ribbon
  • Bottle Brush Christmas trees

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