For day three of our 12 days of Christmas, we taste tested the gluten free Christmas cakes on offer from the main supermarket chains. Christmas cake to me should be a step up from a normal fruit cake, with possibly just a hint of alcohol to add real depth to the fruit.
I have vivid memories of my nan making Christmas cakes and Christmas puddings. She would start by soaking the dried fruit overnight in cold tea to plump up the raisins and sultanas. She always made them during the October half term and as children we all had to stir the cake and make a Christmas wish. She would then cook the cake and steam the puddings (wrapped in muslin cloths) and then store them for Christmas, feeding them with brandy at regular intervals. It was a proper ritual, and one we looked forward to excitedly, as it formed part of the build up to Christmas. When we manufactured gluten free food for a living, I followed the same tradition (although only the staff got to stir the cake mix and make a wish!).
All the products are reviewed independently and the commentary is our own.
Click the video below to see the results of our taste testing.