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Alternative Christmas cakes

Try something different to a heavy fruitcake and get festive with these fabulous alternatives

Black Forest gateaux

Enjoy the vegan version of this classic recipe. Black Forest gateau is renowned for its delicate shortcrust, flavour-packed cherries, dark sponge, and delicious cream.

By Jérôme Eckmeier and Daniela Lais Serves12| Prep45 minsplus chilling | Cook1 hr 5 mins| Calories692(per serving)

FOR THE FILLINGAND TO DECORATE

900ml (32floz) soya cream, suitable for whipping, well chilled

10 tbsp cream stiffener

140ml (4¾floz) kirsch

1 tbsp ground vanilla

720g (1lb 9oz) jar of cherries

30g (1oz) cornflour

2 tbsp fine cane sugar

1-2 tsp vanilla extract

12 Amarena cherries vegan dark chocolate flakes

FOR THE PASTRY

70g (2¼oz) plain flour

80g (2¾oz) ground hazelnuts

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If you want Christmas to be as stress-free as possible, it's never too early to start planning – particularly for the perfect festive lunch. So we kick off the Christmas celebrations in our November issue of Vegan Food & Living with a range of festive ideas and recipes that guarantee your best vegan Christmas yet. From Gaz Oakley's perfect Christmas lunch to fun mocktails, fancy alternatives to Christmas cakes and great gift ideas we've got it all. Also this issue, we talk about what to do if someone you love stops being vegan, why hemp is becoming a beauty favourite and share 10 steps to sustainability.