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Gluten-free celebration cakes

Gluten-free celebration cakes
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Serves: 10 (makes 10 small cakes)
Time to make: 50 mins

canola oil spray, for greasing
1/2 cup reduced-fat spread
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
1 cup gluten-free baking mix
1/4 cup dried apricots
1/4 cup dried cherries or Craisins
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup apple purée
2 tablespoons treacle
Instructions

Step 1 Lightly grease muffin-tray holes with oil. If the pan is non-stick, line bases with greaseproof paper. Preheat oven to 180°C.

Step 2 Place spread and sugar in a large bowl and cream together until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Stir spice into baking mix then fold into egg mixture with apricots, cherries and dates.

Step 3 Add apple purée with treacle. Spoon into prepared tray. Bake for 25 minutes until firm to touch and golden-coloured. Ice with lemon cream cheese icing.

Variations

Dress mini-cakes with icing topped with lemon peel curls and fresh mint.
You can make these cakes in fun shapes and give them as gifts tied with ribbon. They are a particularly thoughtful gift for anyone who has just found they have coeliac disease or a wheat allergy and may be feeling daunted at the prospect.

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