Cake aux fruits (dairy-free)

….aux fruits!

….aux fruits!

With all the cake baking going on this week, hubby’s sweet tooth was starting to grow so he asked me to make him a cake. One from his childhood that his grand-pa (a true great chef) used to make. When it’s a cake from his childhood, especially from his grand-papi, I’m always very reluctant to make it as it’s always not quite right and I’m being compared to a family legend.

Anyway, after a bit of huffing and puffing, I went ahead and agreed to it. Then he says…’I want it in a loaf thin, don’t forget the cherries, you know the cherries I mean?, the glacé cherries, grand-pa always had cherries, he always baked it in a loaf tin, the big fat round cherrries, yes, leave it whole in the loaf tin, I like the cherries like that in a loaf tin…did you find the cherries, go ahead and add lots of cherries, don’t worry, I like it full of cherries’…….and I’m like, if I hear cherries or loaf tin one more time, I’m gonna chuck this batter and loaf tin at him.

I was going to use butter and make this but seeing that I won’t be eating any of it, he asked me to make it dairy-free so we can enjoy it together…sweet, isn’t he :-), apart from all the cherry and loaf tin talk 😛

So made this yesterday with cherries in a loaf tin!!, inspired from this website : with quite a bit of changes.  There isn’t enough left now as we’ve been munching away at it, one slice at a time. He loved it and also said, he can’t believe there isn’t any real butter in it, but at least, we had enough cherries..or so I thought because he did say for the last time, ‘next time baby, please add more….(yeah you guessed it right), cherries!!….ahhhhhh

Here is how I made it guys, ‘zee classic Cake aux Fruits. It’s really simple to make and oh so tasty!

To make you’ll need:

  • 5 tbsp of Crème de châtaigne (or any rum you have. I used this because that’s what I had at home)
  • 100 g mixed fruit
  • 50 g candied peel
  • 50 g glacé ginger
  • 100 g glacé cherries
  • 4 eggs
  • 60 g dark brown cane sugar
  • 60 g light brown cane sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 250 g self raising flour
  • 150 g Pure sunflower spread (melted and cooled)


  • Soak the fruits and cherries in the rum and cover for about 30 minutes,
  • In a mixer with a whisk attached, mix the eggs and sugar together for about 10-15 minutes or until it had doubled in volume and has a sabayon-like texture….smooth and creamy,
  • Change to a paddle attachment and add the vanilla followed by the rum soaked fruits,
  • Now gently fold the flour into the fruity mixture followed by the melted butter,
  • A final gentle mix to get a smooth batter,
  • And bake for 1hr in a 180 degrees pre-heated oven.
  • Done!
Out of the oven

Out of the oven

A slice o' cake

A slice o’ cake? 😉

2 thoughts on “Cake aux fruits (dairy-free)

  1. Hello!
    I just had a peek at your blog, and your ‘cherry banter’ really had me laughing – I read it out to Lee and he grinned and chuckled in a way that suggested to me that he could probably relate to it in a big way – you see I am the sweet-toothed one in our relationship. We often have similar conversations at certain times of the ‘month’ when I am particularly partial to a sweet treat (substitute ‘cherries’ for ‘chocolate’ though)!!! Although I don’t have any true baking legends in my family, it looked like yours came out beautifully and I bet grand-papi would have been proud of you.
    Hugs and smiles, Jane

    • Hehehe…thank you Jane. Glad Lee found it funny :-D. I am also a sweet sweet tooth my daughter is the same and I’m like aye aye aye what have I done……quick eat more broccoli!!!
      U know what I baked another one the other day and the same thing repeated itself again, cherries this ‘n’ cherries that. After which I told him, “oh chéri, you know I posted the recipe online, you wanna go have you read?”. He went on, read it, laughed and that shut him right up! :-).
      Much Love sister

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