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Chocolate Christmas cake

This cake will be a sure fire winner with all the family

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  • Makes 1, 8in cake

  • Prep time 30 mins

  • Cooking time 2 hrs

  • Total time 2 hrs 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 200g (7oz) butter, softened
  • 225g (8oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g (8oz) plain flour
  • 50g  (2oz) cocoa powder, sifted
  • 150g  (5oz) plain chocolate drops
  • 200g  (7oz) glace cherries
  • 250g (9oz) sultanas
  • 200g (7oz) raisins
  • 50g (2oz) candied orange peel, chopped
  • 75g  (3oz) walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice  
To decorate:
  • chocolate stars (we used Dr Oetker )

You will need:

  • a deep 20cm (8in) round cake tin lined with baking parchment.

Preparation

  1. Set oven to 160c/140fan/gas 3. Place the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat well until pale brown and creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs, adding a little flour if the mixture curdles. Stir in all the remaining cake ingredients to make a soft mixture.

  2. Mix well  and spoon into the cake tin. Bake for 30 mins, then reduce the oven temperature to 150c/130 fan /gas 2 and bake for a further 11/2 hours  until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool in tin for 1 hour then turn out and allow to cool completely. Decorate with chocolate stars.

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