Friday, August 16, 2013

How To Prepare A Chocolate Fruit Cake

One way of celebrating the anniversary of your relationship is by preparing a chocolate fruit cake. 
You only need to have the following ingredients:

350grams or 12oz of dried, chopped soft prunes
250grams or 9oz of raisins
125grams or 4oz of currants
175grams or 6oz of softened and unsalted butter
175grams or 6oz of dark muscovado sugar
175ml or 6fl oz of honey
125ml or 4fl oz of coffee liqueur
2 oranges, either zest or just simple juice
1 tsp mixed spice
2 tablespoon of good quality cocoa
3 free-range beaten eggs
150grams or 5 ¼ oz of plain flour
75grams or 2 ½ oz grounded almonds
½ teaspoon of baking powder
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

If you wish to put more decorations, you will need to have the following ingredients:

25 grams or 1 oz of dark chocolate covered coffee beans
disco gold hologram glitter for props
2mm gold miniballs
and approximately ten gold stars

It is important that you follow these steps carefully so that you can create a satisfying chocolate fruit cake that you and your partner will definitely enjoy.

Step 1: Pre-heat the oven up to 150 Celsius or 300 Fahrenheit or put it on gas mark number two.

Step 2: The next step requires you to line the sides and the bottom of a twenty centimeter or eight inch, nine centimeter and or three and one half inch deep, round loose-bottom cake tin having a layer of reusable silicon baking parchment. When lining the tin with the silicon baking parchment, cut the material into two small strips which are both twice as high as the tin itself. The purpose of these strips is to keep the cake from catching on the outside of the cake tin.

Step 3: Afterwards, put the fruit, the butter, the sugar, the honey, the coffee liqueur, the orange juice as well as the zest into a large and wide sauce pan. Also take this opportunity to add the mixed spices and cocoa along with the rest of the ingredients mentioned above. Heat the mixture until you can see signs of it starting to boil. You will know this when you see bubbles appearing and then bursting on the mixture. While doing so, make sure that you stir the mixture until the butter melts. Let the mixture simmer for around ten minutes before removing the saucepan from the heat to let it cool for thirty minutes.

Step 4: After thirty minutes, the mixture should have cooled a bit. Once it has cooled up, add the beaten eggs, the flour, the grounded almonds, the baking powder as well as the bicarbonate soda and mix everything using a spatula. Make sure that everything has been mixed well.

Step 5: Now, pour the fruit cake mixture carefully on the silicon baking parchment cake tin and then transfer it to the oven and keep it there for around 1 ¾ to 2 hours or until the cake’s surface starts to appear shiny and sticky but is firm to the touch. If you utilize a cake tester, it should feel firm on the surface but should feel soft or somewhat raw at the center.

Step 6: Once it’s done, you can remove the cake from the oven and place it on a cooling rack for it to cool before removing it from the tin. Lastly, decorate it by putting the chocolate covered coffee beans at the center of the cake and arrange the golden stars in a circular manner on the cake’s surface. Sprinkle the golden mini-balls on the cake’s surface and then put the gold hologram glitter on top of the cake.
Having a chocolate fruit cake as oppose to a regular chocolate cake can be a good alternative if you and your partner are looking for some new chocolate cake recipes.

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