Chocolate Fruit and Nut Cake

Half sponge, half fruit cake – you have got to try it!

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Chocolate Fruit and Nut Cake

Half sponge, half fruit cake – you have got to try it!

  • 3 HR 15 MIN Total Time
  • 40 MIN Prep Time
  • 12 Servings

Ingredients

Cake

  • 50g dates, chopped
  • 100g raisins
  • 75g dried figs, chopped
  • 100g pistachio nuts, roughly chopped
  • 75g hazelnuts, finely chopped
  • 1 box (500g) Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ Dark Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 80ml vegetable oil
  • 275ml water
  • 3 eggs
  •  90ml fresh orange juice
  •  Zest of 1 orange

Frosting

  • 125g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 sachet (35g) Betty Crocker™ Whipping Cream Mix
  • 115ml cold milk

Garnish

  • 20g pistachio nuts, finely ground
  • Fresh orange slices

Utensils

  • 23cm round loose-based cake pan or spring form pan at least 7cm deep
  • Electric mixer or whisk
  • Large bowl
  • Large spoon
  • Toothpick
  • Cooling rack
  • Medium bowl
  • Spatula

Instructions Hide Images

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease 23cm round loose-based cake pan or spring form pan at least 7cm deep with butter; lightly sprinkle with flour. Mix dates, raisins, figs, pistachio nuts and hazelnuts in medium bowl. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the cake mix and mix well.

Beat remaining cake mix, oil, water, eggs and orange juice in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed until moistened. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Fold in orange peel, dried fruits and nuts; pour into pan.

Bake 65 to 75 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack to cool completely.

Place chocolate in heatproof bowl, and cook over pan of gently simmering water about 5 minutes or until melted. Remove, and let stand 20 minutes.

Beat whipping cream mix and cold milk in medium bowl as directed on package. Add chocolate; beat again until combined. Refrigerate 10 minutes.

Spread chocolate whipped cream over top and side of cake; sprinkle with finely ground pistachio nuts. Garnish with orange slices.

Expert Tips

Mix up the fruit and nuts, but keep to the same quantities.

Drizzle with cooled melted chocolate for a luxurious topping.

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