Make a last-minute Christmas cake in the air fryer with this recipe. It is a mouthwatering, delightful, yummy, and perfectly soft fruit cake doused in luscious dried fruits and allspice that satisfies the palette with its explicit vanilla and almond flavors! This Air Fryer Fruit Cake Will be a hit!

Christmas is less than a week away, and we’re in need of Cranberry Bread, Garlic Knots, Breakfast Cinnamon Rolls, Banana Oatmeal Pancakes, and a couple of Mocktails. Most importantly, we require a moist and delectable Christmas fruit cake.

This luscious fruit cake is filled with a variety of delicious fruits. It’s rich, moist, and delicious, making it fancily festive for the holidays!

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Close one slice of air fryer cake

This cake is properly spiced and offers Christmas’s ideal texture and flavors. They’re incredibly festive for the holidays! This fruit cake would even be perfect any time this week.

I have made this Jamaican Christmas Cake many times before in the conventional oven, and it always came out perfect. But, I was curious to see how this cake would turn out in the air fryer. I can’t believe the outcome. It turned out incredibly perfect!

I know many of you are probably looking for an air fryer cake recipe for a quick fix, so here I’m going to share this wonderful air fryer fruit cake recipe with you. 

Scroll down for the detailed recipe, but I suggest reading the complete article for useful tips and suggestions if you want to make a perfect cake every time.

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Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Fruit Cake?

 I’m sure you’ll love this fruit cake because:

  • It is quite easy to prepare.
  • Requires simple ingredients.
  • It is a much faster version of a typical fruit cake.
  • It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and egg-free.
  • It is rich, soft, and delicious.
  • It is packed with delicious fruits, so it is healthy too.
  • It’s the perfect holiday or Christmas cake.
  • It is an excellent dessert option that you can prepare in advance as it stores well.

In fact, it has everything you want for your cake.

How To Make an Air Fryer Fruit Cake?

Fruit Cake is my family’s favorite, and it’s been prepared in my home for a long time. But years ago, when I adopted a vegan lifestyle, I made some changes to this cake recipe that I’ve been making for a long time. I made it vegan, gluten-free, and eggless. It’s a fantastic recipe if you want to wow your guests.

Additionally, it is incredibly easy to prepare in the air fryer. You’ll require the following simple ingredients and steps to follow:

ingredients for air fryer fruit cake

Ingredients

  • Dried  Mixed Fruits _ raisins, cherries, prunes, mixed peel, blueberries, cranberries, dates. You can use your favorite dried fruit combination. 
  • Red Grape Juice – this not only tastes great in the cake but also helps to give the cake its dark bold color. 
  • Molasses -adds a deep sweet flavor that works great with fruit cakes. To avoid molasses sticking to your measuring cup, brush or spray the cup with oil.
  • Non-Dairy Butter – adds a buttery flavor to your cake. 
  • Almond Extract, Vanilla, Lemon Zest – amazing flavor combination. 
  •  Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour – this recipe is very adjustable so any all-purpose flour will work, even rice flour, millet flour, quinoa flour, sorghum flour. 
  • Almond Flour – gives a nice texture to the cake, if you don’t have almond flour, substitute with equivalent all-purpose flour.
  • Cane Sugar –  (I used coconut sugar)
  • Flaxseeds – used as an egg replacer, you can blend whole flaxseeds in a blender or purchase store-bought. Substitute with chia seeds.
  • Baking Powder – I used aluminum-free baking powder.
  • Ground Allspice – gives a nice all-around flavor, you can substitute with a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, coriander.
  • Salt – I used Himalayan Pink Salt
  • Scroll Down To The Recipe Card For The Full Ingredient List
boiling dried fruits

Directions 

  1. Spray an 8-inch round baking pan and set it aside.
  2. Place grape juice and dried fruits in a large saucepan on medium heat and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Allow fruits to cool.
  3. Place 1 ½ cups of the fruits and remaining liquid in a blender or food processor and puree. Pour in a medium bowl, add molasses, softened butter, almond extract, vanilla, and lemon zest, mix well.
  4. Combine gluten-free flour, almond flour, sugar, ground flaxseeds, baking powder, allspice, and salt in a large bowl.
  5. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir well to combine. Add remaining dried fruits and stir.
  6. Pour batter into a prepared round baking pan. Cover the baking pan with foil paper (I usually cover with a layer of parchment first, then the foil).
  7. Air Fry for 60 minutes at 300 degrees F, remove the cover and air fry for 10-15 minutes, or when a fork is inserted in the center, it comes out clean.
  8. Cool the cake completely as the cake firms up as it cools. Slice to serve. Enjoy!
fruit cake in baking pan

Variations And Substitutions 

I made this cake nuts-free because my son has a nut allergy. However, nuts are a common ingredient in Christmas cakes. Mostly, there are almonds, and sometimes there are other nuts too. So you can add any of your favorite nuts to this cake.

You can try different dried fruit combinations.

You can also add some chocolate chips for a fudgy taste and texture.

Air fryer fruit cake covered with parchment paper and foil

Storing Suggestions

You can store this fruit Cake in an airtight container for 3-4 days at room temperature or for up to a week in the refrigerator. But make sure to let it cool at room temperature before storing.

You can also freeze this cake. If properly wrapped, it can be frozen for many weeks to a month. Allow them to defrost overnight in the refrigerator before serving the next day. 

Recipe Notes

Before you begin, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • The baking time and temperature may vary depending on the type of your air fryer. So adjust the baking time and temperature accordingly.
  • Grease your pan thoroughly to avoid the disappointment of the cake sticking to the pan or possibly tearing.

 

Give this air fryer Fruit Cake recipe a try if you’re looking for a refreshing, nutritious, and delicious treat for yourself or a bunch of mates! I hope you like it; if you do, please leave a comment to let me know about your feedback … Have Fun baking!

Other Vegan Holiday Desserts To Prepare

  1. Vegan Tiramisu
  2. Hummingbird Cake
  3. Vegan Apple Pie
  4. Gluten-Free Vegan Sweet Potato Pie
  5. Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Pie
  6. Molasses Cookies
  7. Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding
  8. Healthy Apple Crisp
  9. Pineapple Upside Down Cake
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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 497 kcal / 2077 kJ
  • Fat: 10.5 g
  • Protein: 4.4 g
  • Carbs: 1 g

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Spray an 8-inch round baking pan and set it aside.
  2. Place grape juice and dried fruits in a large saucepan on medium heat and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Allow fruits to cool.
  3. Place 1 ½ cups of the fruits and remaining liquid in a blender or food processor and puree. Pour in a medium bowl, add molasses, softened butter, almond extract, vanilla, and lemon zest, mix well.
  4. Combine gluten-free flour, almond flour, sugar, ground flaxseeds, baking powder, allspice, and salt in a large bowl.
  5. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir well to combine. Add remaining dried fruits and stir.
  6. Pour batter into a prepared round baking pan. Cover the baking pan with foil paper (I usually cover with a layer of parchment first, then the foil).
  7. Air Fry for 60 minutes, remove the cover and air fry for 20 minutes, or when a fork is inserted in the center, it comes out clean.
  8. Cool the cake completely as the cake firms up as it cools. Slice to serve. Enjoy!
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.