Chocolate and fruit Christmas cake

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 90 mins
Chocolate and fruit Christmas cake
Really tasty and easy to make Chocolate and fruit Christmas cake.

350g prunes

250g raisins

125g currants

50g candied mixed peel

175g butter

175g dark brown muscovado sugar

175ml honey

125ml Tia Maria coffee liquor

2 oranges, juice and zest

1 tsp mixed spice

4 tbsp cocoa powder

3 eggs, beaten

150g plain flour

75g ground almonds

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate soda

Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas 2.

Line the sides and base of a 9 inch springform cake tin.

Place the dried fruit, butter, sugar, honey, Tia Maria, orange juice and zest, spice and cocoa powder into a large saucepan. Bring to the boil gently, then turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Take off the heat and leave to stand for 30 minutes.

Add the beaten eggs, flour, ground almonds, baking powder and bicarbonate soda. Stir together well, then pour the mix into the prepared cake tin. Bake for 1½ hours, the cake should be firm and shiny on top.

Place the cake on a wire rack and allow to cool, before removing the cake tin.

Serves
12

Preparation Time
30 minutes

Cooking Time
90 minutes

Main ingredients
Dairy, Flour, Chocolate, Fruit, Eggs, Spice, Honey

Recipe Type
Cakes & Baking

Special Info
Nut free, Vegetarian

Level of Difficulty
Easy

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