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An Easy Steamed Eggless Traditional Christmas Cake

23 December 2010 44 Comments

Steamed Eggless Traditional Christmas Cake or pudding recipe.

The rich and heavy traditional Steamed Christmas Pudding or cake is a delicacy hard to resist. The long hours of steaming are intimidating, but the wait is worth a million.

The heady aromas of flavorful spices, exotic nuts, dried fruits, brandy, and fruit juices make this steamed Christmas cake almost irresistible. Quite easy to make, this egg less steamed cake can be stored in a cool dry place for several weeks or even months. Wish I could also store it for a few days, let alone weeks and months and devour the infused flavors of the spices in it.  Alas.. every time I make this pudding, it goes to the Hall of fame the very same day 🙁

The steamed version of Christmas cake is softer, moister and heavily aromatic than the baked version. It has a melt in mouth texture, since the moisture in the cake is retained while steaming as against the baked ones, which tend to be dry.

The steamed Christmas Cakes can be served in different ways. Some dust it with powder sugar, custard, butter, cream or the most traditional and exotic way is to douse it in brandy and set it on fire.

Christmas pudding needs some time to mature before all the flavors are infused into it, to make a real difference. This egg less recipe is from my moms kitchen, wherein I have added some extra exotic nuts and fruits which were unheard of during her times.

Steamed Eggless Traditional Christmas Cake

Assembly line


  • 1 cup of Whole wheat fresh Bread Crumbs
  • 1 cup of All purpose flour
  • 500 gms of fruit and nuts mix
  • 2 tbsp of Yogurt or curd
  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil/Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. of Baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. of Baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 tsp. of Cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of Nutmeg powder
  • 1/4 tsp. of Clove powder
  • 1 tsp. of Vanilla essence
  • Juice of one Orange
Steamed Eggless Traditional Christmas Cake

Burnt sugar

Caramelized sugar: This step needs to done very carefully, else the syrup will harden and you will get pralines instead of caramel. Heat a flat vessel and add the sugar into it. Keep the flames at low and let the sugar melt. Do not touch the pan while the sugar is melting.

Meanwhile heat half a cup of water. When the sugar starts to change color to dark brown, take off from the flame. Add the warm water slowly in it and stir to make a rich caramel.

Steamed Eggless Traditional Christmas Cake

Soaked fruits and nuts

Fruits & Nuts Mixed in any quantity to make 500 grms;

  • Raisins
  • Currents
  • Blueberries
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Cherries
  • Dates
  • Grated apple
  • Candied peels
  • Orange zest
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews


  • Pudding molds
  • Parchment paper or cookie sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Thread
  • Pressure cooker


Soaking the fruit mix: Soak the dried fruits and nuts in orange juice for a day. I added 2 tbsp. of Brandy also. You can replace this with orange juice. Keep the soaked mix in refrigerator for overnight. The juice will get absorbed by the dry fruits and they will look plump and happy the next day 🙂

Steamed Eggless Traditional Christmas Cake

The batter

Assembling the Pudding: Take a large vessel and add the flour, fresh bread crumbs, salt, all the spice powders, Baking powder and baking soda into it. Mix it thoroughly.Add all the fruit mix and give a good stir to it.

Take another vessel and add yogurt, caramel, vanilla essence and oil into it. Pour this wet mix into the dry flour and fruit mixture.

Steamed Eggless Traditional Christmas Cake

In goes the pudding…

Pour the batter into the greased pudding mold. Cover the mold with an aluminum sheet making a small fold for the pudding to rise. Secure the mold tightly with a thread.

Steamed Eggless Traditional Christmas Cake

Secure the mold with foil

Preparing the pudding mold: Take a 7-8 inch deep pudding molds and line the bottom part of it with a parchment paper. Grease the whole mold including the parchment paper.

Steamed Eggless Traditional  Christmas Cake

Worth a wait…

Heat a pressure cooker with 10 cups of water inside. Place a metal mesh and keep the pudding mold on it. Cover the pressure cooker without the weight. Let the pudding cook for 2 hours on slow fire or till a knife inserted in it comes out clean.

Steamed Eggless Traditional  Christmas Cake

Moments of truth…

The pudding is worth the wait. Dust it with powder sugar and enjoy the fruit of your labour! Err… patience must I say 🙂

Steamed Eggless Traditional  Christmas Cake

Festive fervor and the pudding…

Serve it hot with custard or any sauce of your choice, or just wrap it in an aluminum foil and keep it refrigerate it for a few days to let all the flavors get infused into this decadent Traditional Steamed Christmas Pudding.

Steamed Eggless Traditional  Christmas Cake

Metling moments…


  1. Caramelize the sugar for a few more seconds, if you like dark colored pudding, which is my favorite. Since my kids dislike the slight bitter and overpowering taste of dark caramel I did not do it.
  2. Add or subtract any fruits from the above fruit mix according to availability.
  3. Fresh bread crumbs give a very soft and slight chewy texture to this pudding recipe.
  4. Try garam masala as the spice powder for a different taste, which Deeba tried in her Christmas Cake and gave a thumbs up.
  5. You can bake the above cake mix in oven at 180 degrees C for 1 hour or till done.
  6. Want to steam this pudding without pressure cooker? Just take a large vessel and place the pudding mold in it. Fill the vessel with 10 cups of water and steam at low fire for 2 hours or till done.
  7. The Christmas Pudding stays good for several days when refrigerated. Reheat it in microwave before serving.
  8. I suggest you make this pudding often and not just as a festive treat. Being a low cal, with very little oil/butter, loads of fruits and nuts in it, this surely is a healthy delight for any time.

Festive greeting to all of you.


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  • Ekta said:


  • deeba said:

    How yum…I love that you steamed it. I feel like digging right in!

  • Aps said:

    If cake vaking was so ez i wud have done it every now n then 🙂
    thnk u for the method 🙂

  • Jyoti said:

    Thats too good! Bookmarked!

  • Biren @ Roti n Rice said:

    Wow…a steamed cake! Looks really moist and tasty. Can’t blame the family for not waiting although I think it may even taste better if left to mellow a little in the fridge. It is nice to have those small pudding molds. Merry Christmas Sanjeeta!

  • pavithra said:

    I love steamed cake .. this is the first I did for Daring challenge.. really tasty..Hope u enjoyed too..looks so yumm!!!

  • Swathi said:

    Eggless pudding looks delicious. In my house i am the only fan, my hubby doesn’t like it.

  • Priya said:

    Omg, Sanjeeta very inviting and fabulous looking cake, sooooooo tempting!

  • anuradha mandapaka said:

    I really lluv it guys! Its so easy to make it also, prob is blue berries. No problem I guess, I willl use some figs and someother fruits(how about pomegranate?..sounds exotic!)let me try and will let u know guys! All of us like eggless puddings!

  • nishi said:

    Yet another awesome and healthy recipe from you sanjeeta. I can’t wait to get back home and give this a try. 🙂

  • santoshbangar said:

    what lovely steamed cake love to eat just if iget bookmark recipe

  • Nidhya said:

    Love your steamed cake..looks so moist and light. i don’t have the pudding mold for my cooker..any idea on how to make this without mold?

    Aaha Oho

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Nidhya, try making it in any deep vessel which has space for the pudding to rise also. Any vessel will do, you have to forgo the traditional shape of a pudding though.

  • Ananda Rajashekar said:

    oh steaming sounds like a great idea and how healthy…can imagine on softness and moisture …looks awesome Sangeetha Merry Christmas 🙂

  • swapna said:

    too delicious….
    Merry Christmas!!

  • Mia said:

    I love steaming cakes too ,and yeah the moisture is captured rite in!+ steaming sounds healthy!!
    Its been awhile since i want to try a Christmas cake baked and have to bake a big batch tomorow or after Christmas and actually wanted to steam one, and now u ping me into it!
    Ur eggless recipe is precious indeed!

  • Mia said:

    ahh and Happy hols with love and Merry Christmas!

  • Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said:

    wow, those pictures are mouth watering and steamed sounds superb !!

  • Magic of Spice said:

    Beautiful cake and looks amazingly moist…love the recipe and the photos are amazing! Happiest of Holidays to you 🙂

  • rebecca said:

    wow this looks amazing and so moist

    Merry Christmas

    love Rebecca

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  • sumi said:

    very well done…marvellous cake. Although steaming a cake is new to me , it looks irrestible.bookmarked the recipe. Merry christmas

  • Apu said:

    Delicious!! Love steamed cakes!! They remain so moist.

  • Jayasree said:

    Wow…irresistable cake…Looks absolutely delicious.

  • Laura said:

    Love the recipe! It certainly comes out beautiful and fluffy! Do you season the pudding with Brandy, too?


    hip pressure cooking
    making pressure cookers hip again, one recipe at a time!

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Laura, I added brandy with the orange juice for soaking the fruit mix. I have never tried seasoning with brandy though. Seen a friend doing the same and lighting fire on the cake, it tasted heavenly. Try the next time.

  • sweet artichoke said:

    Delicious and flavourful cake! I have never tried steamed cake, this one looks amazing!
    Merry Xmas!

  • Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said:

    Its steamed, Its fruity and Its eggles..what more I can ask for in a cake..how do you manage that fluff without eggs.looks very tasty.Merry Christmas!

  • vaishali said:

    this is really v v v good!!!will surely try..!n get bac with the result:)

  • Krishnaveni said:

    flavourful cake, yummy

  • Divya said:

    Yum..I love steamed cakes too,for the same reason-they remain so moist and tasty for so long.Love this low-cal version,bookmarked!!

  • Pam said:

    This sounds like one delicious cake! I love all the spices and fruit and its perfect for this time of year! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • Nithya said:

    oh my my.. love the look of it 🙂 so moist and soft 🙂 Steaming it for two hours sounds like a lot of time but the pics make me drool so much that I can surely wait for longer too 🙂

    yummy to the core and eggless is super attractive to me 🙂

  • Kothiyavunu said:

    Lovely cake!!Perfect for Christmas!! Wish u & Ur family Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

  • FOODESSA said:

    Sanjeeta, I’ll have to come back and take some proper notes. This post was very interesting and lovely adjoining visuals too ;o)

    Have the best of Holiday periods and here’s hoping the New Year is a special one for you as well ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  • RedChillies said:

    Looks so moist and delicious, cannot beleive this is steamed. Wishing you and your family merry christmas and Happy New year.

  • Jess @ Bakericious said:

    delicious cake and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and family!

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie said:

    Love the Christmas flavours! Merry Christmas!!

  • Maris (In Good Taste) said:

    Looks great! Who can say no to cake?

  • peachkins said:

    fruits and nuts in a moist cake! yumm!

  • Jagruti said:

    never made this cake..love to try one day ! hope you had a lovely day yesterday !

  • Sharmilee said:

    Looks perfectly done….absolutely yummy
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  • Shobana said:

    Hi Sanjeeta,
    I just love this.. absolutely. May I take the liberty of giving u a couple of mini assignments.. I relocated from US to Singapore and dont have the luxury of an oven. So, I want to steam cakes.All I need are two recipes – 1. Basic vanilla cake (steamed) and 2. Basic chocolate cake (steamed). I understand in one of your recipes, since the power had gone off you steamed it. It was looking great. Could you try something like that and let me know. I want to make cakes for my little 3 and a half year old. 🙂
    Thanks for all ur recipes.
    Hope you would oblige.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    Hi Shobana, Thanks for writing, will take up your assignment and post the same soon. Take care.

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