#CHOCOLATE FRUIT CAKE …

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My hubby wanted a fruit cake, I wanted a chocolate cake. I looked in the cupboard and did not have enough fruit for a fruit cake so decided on a compromise and bake a chocolate fruit cake instead. It turned out rather nice so I thought I’d share the recipe with you.

Ingredients

175g Softened Butter or Margarine
175g Caster Sugar
3 Eggs (yolks mixed until yellow and whites whisked until light and fluffy)
140g Self Raising Flour (sieved)
85g Dried Mixed Fruit
½ tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Vanilla Essence
100ml Milk
4 tablespoons Cocoa Powder (sieved)
50g Chocolate chips
Grate Chocolate to decorate (optional)

Method
Heat oven to Gas Mark 4 / 180C/ 350F
Line or grease a loaf cake tin
Beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy
Add flour, fruit, baking powder, vanilla essence, milk and sieved cocoa – mix for one minute
Fold in the egg whites and chocolate chips
Bake in the middle of the oven for 55-60 mins or until skewer comes clean
Rest for 5 minutes before taking out of baking tin
Grate some chocolate over the top (optional)

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It slips down rather nicely with a cup of tea 🙂

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