About this recipe:This chocolate fruit cake is dotted with plump raisins and walnuts and lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. This cake is a fantastic alternative to the classic Christmas fruit cake.
100g plain flour
100g wholemeal flour
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
30g unsweetened cocoa powder
175g butter, softened
300g caster sugar
500g apple sauce
60g coarsely chopped walnuts
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Soak raisins in boiling water to cover for 5 minutes. Drain.
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 25cm tube cake tin. Sift together flours, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cocoa; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, then the apple sauce. Beat the flour mixture into the apple sauce mixture. Stir in the raisins and walnuts. Turn cake mixture into prepared tin.
Bake in preheated oven for 80 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Chill in fridge till serving.
Instead of the tube cake tin, you can divide the cake mixture between two 900g loaf tins or three 23cm round tins. Simply adjust the baking time as needed.