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Wild fruit cake (vegan)

Capturing fall in food

Fruit cake is exactly the way I like the food I bake: simple and flexible in terms of ingredients. Fruit, nuts and seeds in some sweet cake / bread - that is fall to me. It is also very moist and wild and vegan.


for a small loaf:

You can find ideas for wild ingredients below.

  • 2, 3 medium size apples or pears
  • 2 hands full of dried, fresh or frozen berries
  • 2 hands full of nuts, seeds etc.
  • liquor or schnaps (alternative: juice)
  • spices / herb powder
  • flour of your choice
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • if you like: sweetener like sugar, honey or similar

This is how it's done

1) Grate the apples / pears finely and, together with the berries, cover them in the liquor Äpfel / Birnen fein reiben und zusammen mit den Beeren in Likör (or juice) for a few hours.

2) Add nuts, seeds, spices, salt and sweetener.

3) Add flour and baking soda - continue to add flour until you reach a very moist but shapeable dough.

4) Shape an ablong loaf.

5) Bake the fruit cake in the preheated oven at 180 °C - with or without a baking mould - until it feels solid from the outside (30 - 45 minutes should do).

6) Leave it to cool on a grid.




Wild ingredients for fruit cake

The following ingredients are available fresh in fall - this seasonality is part of what makes this fruit cake so special:


  • rowan berries (you might want to cook them before you add them to the mix to make sure the parasorbic acid that can cause digestive problems is converted to sorbic acid through heat; they are often used after being frozen because this is said to soften their bitter taste; cooking them in syrup can help, too)
  • blackberries
  • cowberries / lingonberries
  • elder berries

Nüsse und Samen

  • hazel nuts, whole or crushed
  • nettle seeds
  • himalayan balsam seeds
  • plantain seeds
  • chestnuts
  • acorns (after special treatment)

Gewürze und Kräuterpulver

  • common hogweed seeds
  • nettle powder
  • needle powder (spruce, fir, douglas fir, larch,...)


It's easy to make your own wild liquor - but it takes a few weeks, three should be sufficient, you can leave it for a few months, too, though. Just pour some alcohol - say rum or vodka - over your wild ingredients (herbs, berries) until their fully covered. Leave for several weeks in a dark, cool place and shake from time to time. You can add your sugar right away or later.