Plum, hazelnut & chocolate cake

Plum, hazelnut & chocolate cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 50 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Plums, chocolate and hazelnut - this is a cake that really celebrates the season. Enjoy a slice with your mid-morning coffee or serve it warm for dessert

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
581
protein
9g
carbs
51g
fat
39g
saturates
15g
fibre
4g
sugar
33g
salt
0.83g

Ingredients

  • 175g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 500g plums
  • 175g light muscovado sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 175g ground hazelnuts
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50g dark chocolate (70 per cent cocoa), chopped
  • 2 tbsp hazelnuts
  • 2 tbsp redcurrant, damson or plum jelly

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line the base of a round 20cm cake tin. Halve and stone 4 plums, set aside for later, then roughly chop the remaining plums.
  2. Put the sugar, butter, flour, ground hazelnuts, eggs and baking powder into a large bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or electric hand mixer for 1-2 mins, until smooth and light. Stir in the chopped plums and chocolate, then tip into the prepared cake tin and smooth the top.
  3. Arrange the halved plums over the top of the mixture, pressing them down lightly, then scatter over hazelnuts. Bake for 40-50 mins until the top is golden and the cake feels firm to the touch. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then turn out, remove the paper and cool on a wire rack. Heat the jelly, then brush over the top of the cake before serving.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2008

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younger's picture
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Great recipe although I find it needs longer than the stated time as the centre of the cake is often a little underdone so usually add another 10 mins.

hayfaa's picture
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This a great recipe! I've tried twice, both with almond instead of hazelnut - it is absolutely lovely! :-) As plum is now only 1 pound a pac in tesco, it is a very good try - cheap and tasty!

younger's picture
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Wonderful cake. left out plum jam, dusted it with icing sugar. Great with vanilla ice cream. Passed on recipe to friends.

younger's picture
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Tried this cake last week, Best cake I have made in ages, very moist, intense falvour, crunchy nuts on top and lovely bites of dark chocolate. Served with vanilla Ice cream, east great hot or cold. Lasts well.

mrsdoubtfire22's picture
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I made this cake to take to friends that invited me for Sunday lunch, they all loved it.
I used plum jam instead of jelly and it worked fine.

I also didn't have a 20cm cake tin and used a 22 instead which was perfect.

mrsdoubtfire22's picture
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If you make one cake for your friends, make this one, its delicious!

Very easy to make.

sapastanaga's picture
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Wonderful and easy recipe. I made it first with cherries, late I tried with plums. Much better with cherries. Next time I´ll change the dark chocolat for white.

susangilley's picture

This is a wonderful cake. Didn't have any plum jelly so I used blackberry jelly. Also it improves with keeping. Day by day it gets better. (but it didn't last long!)
Susan Gilley

ghensler's picture
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heavan on a plate! Was gone in one sitting!

hdsbla's picture

Delicious! I made this for my "foodie" friend visiting from America, and she took the recipe home with her!

mother_ship's picture
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I replaced the hazelnuts with almonds and the chocolate with some marzipan (but used more like 100g) I had at the back of the cupboard that needed using up; result - delicious!

lupita's picture
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Delicious!
I used "ciruelas claudias" and added two tablespoons of cacoa powder and 150 g of white choclate and left out the jelly!

linkevica's picture
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it was gone in one evening. leaved out tje jelly.

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