Here comes December!! I guess December is always welcomed with happiness. After all its a season of Joy, happiness & peace, right?? Yes, its Christmas season. When we hear the word Christmas so many things come to our mind like Christmas Tree, Crib, Midnight Mass and of course the fruit cake & wine.Usually the preparations for making fruit cake starts at least a month ahead. You need to soak fruits and stuff. In big bakeries & hotels, soaking of fruits is a grand ceremony, I remember seeing some pictures in the newspaper. However the fruit cake recipe below is a bit different.
“Ethenna avalose podiyil nutsum kismisum, aarenkilum avalose podiyil athokke edumo”?? (why there is nuts and raisins in avalose podi, nobody adds those in avalose podi). This was my amma's reaction after seeing the avalose podi snap. She was surprised because in the traditional avalsoe recipe there are no nuts & raisins. The reason why I am saying this here is because you might also be wondering sometimes, after reading the title, what is this chocolate fruit cake? Who makes fruit cake with chocolate?
For me anyways, its completely new. I havent had any chocolate fruit cake before. For that matter, I started liking fruit cake only recently. I never used to enjoy fruit cake a few years ago. Back home, kids never used to like this cake. This was considered as an adult's cake. Somehow these days I dont mind having it and also enjoying it. Signs of becoming old ;)?
When I saw this recipe in the Australian Women's Weekly Magazine, I was a little curious to try it. One another reason I was excited because this recipe doesnt call for any soaking of fruits in advance. So this is like a last minute Xmas cake. Now about the texture & taste of the cake…the cake is ultimately moist, has a very good fruity flavor and I think the chocolate flavor blended with it very well. The dark color of the cake comes from the chocolate & cocoa powder.
Hope you will also enjoy this cake.
Here is the recipe:
Recipe source: Chocolate Cakes by The Australian Women's Weekly
- 125 gms Butter (chopped)
- 3/4 cup Brown sugar (150 gm)
- 50 gms Dark eating chocolate (chopped coarsely)
- 1/2 cup Water (125ml)
- 1/4 cup Dark rum (60 ml)
- 1/4 cup Walnuts (30 gm, coarsely chopped)
- 1/2 cup Dried currants (75 gm)
- 1 cup Sultanas (160 gm)
- 1 cup Raisins (170 gm, coarsely chopped)
- 1/4 cup Mixed peel (40gm)
- 3/4 cup Plain flour ( 110 gm)
- 2 tbsp Cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp Self – raising flour
- 1/2 tsp Mixed spice
- 2 Eggs (beaten lightly (room temperature))
- For topping
- 80 gms Dark eating chocolate
- 1/4 cup Sour cream (60 gm)
- Preheat oven to 150 degree/275 -300 F. Grease 20 cm ring pan; line base with baking paper. Combine butter, sugar, chocolate and the water in medium saucepan; stir over heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; Let it cool for 10-15 mins. Stir in rum, nuts and fruit. Add sifted dry ingredients and egg; stir until combined. Spoon mixture into prepared pan.
- Bake in slow oven about 1 hour. Cool cake in pan.
- Just before serving, combine cooled extra chocolate and sour cream in small bowl; stir until smooth. Turn cake onto serving plate, top-side up; spread chocolate mixture over top of cake.