Bring to the boil and then simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Switch off the flame and stir in treacle, marmalade and walnuts chopped grated rind of orange and lemon.
Cool a little bit longer till the fruit mixture is lukewarm. Add the soda and baking powder. The mixture will fizz, so stir well.
Sift the flour, ginger powder and all the mixed spices. Then fold using a metal spoon lightly and evenly into the mixture.
Add grape juice and vanilla essence and mix gently.(Do not over mix as it makes the cake heavy and close textured).
Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake pan and level the top. Make a small depression in the centre so that the cake rises evenly during baking.
Bake in the oven at 150C for 11/2 to 2 hours.
:- The cake is done, when a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. The cake begins to shrink away from the side of the pan.
Cool completely in the pan.If any steam remains it will cause mould.
Turn out the cake and remove the greased paper. Prick the back of the cake with a skewer . Pour over brandy or rum and wrap the cake in aluminium foil or grease proof paper.
:- Allow the cake to mature for a few weeks before using.
:- Egg less Christmas Cake is ready!!!
:- Egg less Christmas Cake keeps well for 2 months!!