About this recipe:This is a bit of an unusual cake, but great for Christmas. The chocolate mixed with sultanas, apple sauce and spices gives a nice texture with a lot less work than plum pudding itself.
100g (3 3/4 oz) sultanas
100g (3 3/4 oz) flour
90g (3 1/2 oz) wholemeal flour
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 dessertspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
175g (6 oz) butter, softened
300g (11 oz) caster sugar
450g (16 oz) apple sauce
65g (2 1/2 oz) coarsely chopped walnuts
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Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Place sultanas in a small saucepan and cover with boiling water. Soak for 5 minutes, then drain. Grease and flour a 23cm tube cake tin.
Sift together the plain flour, wholemeal flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in the eggs, then the apple sauce. Beat in the flour mixture. Stir in sultanas and walnuts. Spread mixture evenly into prepared tube tin.
Bake in preheated oven for 80 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre of cake comes out clean. Let cool in tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely; chill.