Chocolate Fruitcake

From Feast by Nigella Lawson, published by Chatto and Windus. Ok, it's fruit cake but I simply couldn't resist a chocolate fruitcake. It sounds wonderful!

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  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  • Line the sides and bottom of an 8 by 3 1/2-inch deep, round loose-bottomed cake tin with a layer of reusable silicon baking parchment. When lining the tin with the parchment, cut the material into strips that are twice as high as the tin itself (it is easier to use two shorter strips of parchment, than one long strip); the height of the strips protects the cake from catching on the outside of the cake tin.
  • Place the fruit, butter, sugar, honey, coffee liqueur, orange zest and juice, mixed spice and cocoa into a large wide saucepan. Heat the mixture until it reaches a gentle boil, stirring the mixture as the butter melts. Let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and leave to stand for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, the mixture will have cooled a little. Add the eggs, flour, ground almonds, baking powder and baking soda, and mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula until the ingredients have combined.
  • Carefully pour the fruitcake mixture into the lined cake tin. Transfer the cake tin to the oven and bake for 1 3/4 to 2 hours, or until the top of the cake is firm but will has a shiny and sticky look. At this point, if you insert a sharp knife into the middle of the cake, the cake should still be a little uncooked in the middle.
  • Place the cake on a cooling rack. Once the cake has cooled, remove it from the tin.
  • To decorate, place the chocolate-covered coffee beans in the centre of the cake and arrange edible gold stars around the perimeter of the top of the cake (if you can find them- not listed in ingredients as Zaar will not accept). Then sprinkle some gold mini-balls over the whole cake and sprinkle the top with edible glitter.
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  1. Sydney Mike
    ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL, & I couldn't resist a chocolate fruit cake, either! I'm sure, however, that I changed the intended flavor quite a bit since I used freshly made apple cider in place of the coffee liqueur & didn't include any of the decoration ingredients! And still A GREAT TASTING 'FRUIT CAKE' was produced, thanks to your posted recipe! [Made & reviewed for my tagged partner in the Vegetarian/Vegan Recipe Swap 15]
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  2. Sydney Mike
    ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL, & I couldn't resist a chocolate fruit cake, either! I'm sure, however, that I changed the intended flavor quite a bit since I used freshly made apple cider in place of the coffee liqueur & didn't include any of the decoration ingredients! And still A GREAT TASTING 'FRUIT CAKE' was produced, thanks to your posted recipe! [Made & reviewed for my tagged partner in the Vegetarian/Vegan Recipe Swap 15]
    Reply
  3. Annacia
    From Feast by Nigella Lawson, published by Chatto and Windus. Ok, it's fruit cake but I simply couldn't resist a chocolate fruitcake. It sounds wonderful!
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