Chocolate fruitcake

Chocolate fruitcake

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(23 ratings)

Prep: 35 mins Cook: 2 hrs


Cuts into 10 slices
If anyone in your family isn't keen on traditional fruitcake, this might be the compromise you've been looking for

Nutrition and extra info

  • Un-iced cake can be frozen

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal683
  • fat30g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs97g
  • sugars79g
  • fibre5g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.63g
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  • 200g butter



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  • 200g dark brown soft sugar



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  • 100g dark chocolate (we used 80%) broken into chunks
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  • 75ml brandy



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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g raisins
  • 250g currants
  • 100g dried cranberries
  • 100g dried sour cherries
  • 100g mixed peel
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 3 eggs, beaten with a fork



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  1. Put the butter, sugar, chocolate, brandy, vanilla and dried fruits into a large saucepan. Heat gently, stirring occasionally until everything has melted together. Remove from the heat.

  2. Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Line a deep cake tin, 20cm round or 18cm square, with a double layer of baking parchment. Wrap a few layers of newspaper around the outside and secure with string.

  3. Mix the flour, almonds, cocoa and spice together. Stir the eggs into the slightly cooled chocolate mixture in the saucepan, followed by the flour mixture. Scrape into your prepared tin and bake for 1½ hrs- 1 hr 45 mins or until a skewer poked in comes out clean. Cool in the tin, then decorate (see 'Goes well with', right, for decoration ideas). Greaseproof-wrapped cake will keep for 2 months in an airtight container.

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18th Nov, 2011
I made this last year! Turned out prefect and delicious and was a big hit with family and friends! Am doing it again this year!
28th Oct, 2011
I also soaked/fed mine in brandy and maraschino cherry juice/syrup, mixed together, as I also added maraschino cherries to the cake mix, and amaretti biscuits :o) I also added more whole nuts- was REALLY scrummy! I also rolled marzipan into balls and stirred that through the cake mix before baking, and then did the Florentine topping from the Festive Fruit and Nut Cake on here- it was delicious :o)
3rd Oct, 2011
I made this cake last Christmas as an alternative to the traditional fruitcake as my husband is not a fan of them. He really enjoyed this one and has asked for another one this year. I cant remember how long it took to bake, but i did find it a little dry. I didn't feed it last year, but I plan to use the cherry brandy suggestion and feed it every week or two.
23rd Sep, 2011
I am looking forward to making this cake for the first time this year, however, I would like to replace the currants and raisins with other fruit such as sultana's, any suggestions for anything else?
26th Jan, 2011
My friend made this cake for Christmas, her first ever attempt at a Christmas cake and it turned out perfectly. I made it too but in a square tin which I then cut into 4, decorated each with 2 little robins and gave three of them away as gifts. It does take longer to cook, I wrapped it with brown paper instead of newspaper and it baked perfectly and evenly. Everyone said that it tasted amazing! I made them at the begining of December and the fourth cake I took to Yemen, 6 weeks after making it is still delicious if a little crumbly. I did make my usual Delia Classic cake too but have been ordered by the family that I must now make both each year!!
3rd Jan, 2011
Fabulous cake, lots of positive comments and a good change from the usual fruit cake. Easy to make although took longer to cook than the recipe indicated. I made the cake about 5 weeks prior to Christmas and fed it once with brandy. Very moist cake - we ate it without icing or further adornment. I will be making it again soon.
2nd Jan, 2011
have 3 orders for this cake for next christmas ! really lovely. maybe a bit dry. might soak dried fruit in tea overnight next time. I also feed it with brandy once or twice. Again cooking time on recipe is wrong but just do the skewer test. Will be using this recipe for years now :)
1st Jan, 2011
This cake was very popular over Christmas (never had a cake go so fast!). I did soak with brandy before storing and the cooking time was much longer than advertised, about 3 hours. The cake was quite crumbly, but very tasty.
29th Dec, 2010
This was a hit with family over christmas, tasted great. Quiet a dence cake but still yummy
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27th Dec, 2010
I found this disappointing, nothing unpleasant about it but the chocolate didn't really seem to go well with the rich fruit taste. In future I'll stick to either chocolate cake or fruit cake but not try to mix the two.


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