About this recipe:This is a dense and moist chocolate cake, without any eggs. The apple sauce is what makes it irresistibly moist, though it doesn't taste of apples. This cake serves a crowd, and has just about 5g of fat per serving.
250g caster sugar
350g smooth apple sauce
2 tablespoons dark rum
250g plain flour
20g unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
150g sultanas or raisins
125g chopped pecans
60ml dark rum
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:45min › Ready in:1hr5min
In a bowl, cream the butter with the sugar. Beat in the milk, apple sauce and 2 tablespoons of rum.
In another bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, bicarb, spices and salt. Beat into the creamed mixture and then stir in the raisins and pecans.
Turn the cake mixture into a greased and floured 20x30cm baking tin. Bake the cake in a preheated 180 C / Gas 4 oven for 45 minutes, or until it tests done with a skewer.
Immediately after removing the cake from the oven, sprinkle it with the remaining rum. Let cool on a rack. This cake improves if allowed to sit for a day or so before eating.