My Grandmother’s Vegan Orange Fruit Cake

by Jacqueline · November 09, 2018

Hands holding orange cake with dried fruit

My Grandmother is incredible; she has so many talents, one especially is her ability to make delicious food by creating her own recipes. She is her very own recipe book!

No matter what she makes, the flavour combinations in her food come direct from her own ideas. Even if she follows a recipe, she always creatively alters it in some way. My Grandmother can whip up any kind of food; from cake, to soup, to dip – she just knows what ingredients and quantities to put in to make food taste delicious.

I went past today for a visit and as always, the table was filled with food to enjoy over our conversations. There are photos I often see on Facebook and Instagram joking about when you visit your Grandparent’s house you never leave hungry, and that is so true! The joy my Grandparents receive in sharing with us is something very beautiful.

The star of the day was my Grandmother’s vegan cake she made earlier that morning. She was happy when I asked her for the recipe to share on our blog, and as we ate the cake I wrote it down. This is another amazing thing about my Grandmother, she can recall the ingredients of her food creations just by thinking about it -as she said, “It just comes back to me”. So I have the recipe below, as well as a clever technique for dried fruit that she figured out.

I hope you can make this cake one day and enjoy one of the many recipe creations by my Grandmother. I will be sure to share some more with you again soon.


Vegan Orange Fruit Cake


  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • Orange peel from two oranges
  • Juice of two oranges (3/4 cup)
  • Mixed spice
  • Packet of mixed dry fruit


  1. Place the dry fruit in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes, pick them up from the surface of the water, and put on a paper towel to dry (this will clean and rehydrate the fruit).
  2. Mix oil and sugar in a bowl, then stir in flour and dried fruit.
  3. Mix in orange juice and rind, and pour cake into a tin lined with paper.
  4. Cook in oven for 45-50 minutes at 180°C.

Blog Post by Jacqueline – Co-founder of My Apron.