Plum, hazelnut & chocolate cake

Plum, hazelnut & chocolate cake

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 50 mins

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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

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal581
  • fat39g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars33g
  • fibre4g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.83g
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  • 175g butter, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 500g plums



    The juiciest fruit in the stone fruit family, plums come in many different varieties, some sweet…

  • 175g light muscovado sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 175g ground hazelnuts



    Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…

  • 3 eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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  • 50g dark chocolate (70 per cent cocoa), chopped
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    Dark chocolate

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    Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…

  • 2 tbsp hazelnuts



    Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…

  • 2 tbsp redcurrant, damson or plum jelly



    The juiciest fruit in the stone fruit family, plums come in many different varieties, some sweet…


  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.

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8th Oct, 2018
Beautiful cake. I used wholemeal flour and just used chopped hazelnuts rather than ground and it turned out lovely.
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Katie henderson
26th Oct, 2017
Delicious cake! Definately worth making. Does take longer to cook than recipe states. Great flavours. For the ground hazelnuts I just bought normal hazelnuts and then chucked them into my food processor which worked really well. Enjoy!
14th Nov, 2016
How small should the roughly chopped plums be?
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9th Oct, 2016
Wonderful cake, highly recommended
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11th Sep, 2016
A lovely, complex-flavoured and surprisingly light cake/pudding. As others suggested, I baked it for 1 hour 5 minutes rather than just 50 minutes, and I did it at a slightly lower temperature (140 in a fan oven) to prevent it from burning. It came out beautifully browned and not burnt at all. I didn't have many hazelnuts so used mostly pistachios and a few walnuts ground up, with pecans on top. I wasn't sure how it would taste with the chocolate, but in fact the chocolate gave it an interesting and tasty dimension. I also used a bit less sugar (130g) and fat (150g). I felt it was sweet enough even with that reduction in sugar, so I didn't use jam on top. Absolutely delicious, would definitely make it again.
24th Aug, 2016
Unbelievably gorgeous and I don't even like fruit cake. Is it legal? I blitzed whole hazelnuts in a coffee grinder so that some had a ground texture and some chopped and this gave a great overall texture. It took 1 hr 10 to bake in a fan oven at 180 degrees. As others have said, you do need to put some foil over the top after about 40 minutes to stop it burning on top. The flavors work wonderfully together. It is worth doing the jam glaze on top. I used plum jam. It only took a few minutes and made the cake really glossy. Top marks for this recipe and I plan to make the cake again as our Christmas cake as it is so delicious.
3rd Sep, 2014
loved it! just loved it! I used pecans as i didn't have hazelnuts!delicious cake!
4th Sep, 2013
One of my favourite cakes - Wonderful made with raspberries or blackberries instead of plums too. Sometimes leave out the chocolate and put in extra fruit or different nuts - all have worked well so far!
27th Aug, 2013
I used Callebaut Dark Chocolate Callets for this recipe. The cake took longer to cook than stated and when I removed it from the oven it looked wonderful, smelled devine and I eagerly waited to remove it from the tin. I served it with Haagen Dazs Vanilla Bean Ice Cream ...This was NOT NICE!!! The dark chocolate gave the taste of something severely burnt! Such a shame!
1st Apr, 2013
I made this cake today as per recipie but it definitely needs longer to bake. It was very moist even after all the baking but went down a treat at dinner.. Definitely a desert cake than a treat cake. I used cherry jam melted on the top and sprinkled some crushed hazelnuts on too of that to set it off... Tasted great and looked good too!


25th Feb, 2020
Do you think I could use some roasted plums which are in the freezer to make this as long as I don't use all the juices ?
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Barney Good Food
26th Feb, 2020
I would be a bit wary of doing this as your plums are already roasted giving them another 50 mins in the oven might turn them to mush. You could make the cake without the plums in it and serve your roasted plums (and the juice) on the side as a chunky compote.
13th Oct, 2014
Can I freeze this cake?
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28th Oct, 2014
Hi there, thanks for your question. Yes this cake is suitable for freezing.
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