I hate to say it, but Christmas is fast approaching. A few years ago it was very difficult to find safe dairy free treats for me to enjoy over the festive period. The rapid expansion of the free from market has changed this in a positive way. I can now be spoilt for choice with a variety of Christmas cakes to try. You can’t of course beat homemade. Leading a busy life I sadly have little time for baking at home. When I saw that Delicious Alchemy were making a special edition free from Christmas cake mix I have to admit to being a tad excited. I was lucky to receive a sample pack to try and review on my blog.
So now for my review. I love the simple design of the packaging, with a small Christmas tree to the top. The only allergen advice to the back of the pack is a may contain traces of peanuts. So perfect for dairy free me. Oh it is also labelled as being suitable for vegetarians.
There are also clear simple instructions on how to make and bake the cake. Perfect for me and my little helper chef, my nephew Jon. We followed the instructions in each stage. We used Pure dairy free spread and choose the option of using 75mls of brandy.
It was quick and easy to blend the spread, brandy and eggs and added the packet mix. The ingredients mixed both quickly and easily. The aroma from the cake mix was definitely festive and the brandy just added that a little extra indulgence.
We then transferred the mixture to baking tin and waited the 1 hour 45 minutes. Jon couldn’t wait to see the baked cake and give it a try.
The cake cooked well and was eveningly baked. It was nice and moist, and had a lovely aroma from the dried fruit.
You may notice we had it plain our family doesn’t like marzipan and aren’t keen on icing. I couldn’t wait to dive in, so had a piece of cake slightly warm and then later cold. On biting the cake two textures were noted, this being slightly crunchy and dry to the top and moist inside. I enjoyed the high fruit content of the cake and was able to taste the various fruits that made up the cake. I felt that this contributed to it being moist inside. I felt that the cake was a tad rich for me and that I only needed a small slice. For an extra piece of indulgence this cake would work well either with the added addition of either ice cream, custard or cream to the side.
I would definitely recommend you give this Christmas cake mix a try if you follow a dairy and or gluten free diet. It’s a quick and simple way to enjoy a homemade cake for Christmas. If my nephew and I can bake it anyone can. So thank you Delicious Alchemy for producing a fab Christmas cake that I can easily make and enjoy.
Disclaimer: Delicious Alchemy sent me a free sample of this product to review. All the opinions are my own.