Saturday, December 17, 2011

Pavlina's Christmas Cake

This is a wonderful dense cake full of dried fruit and topped with chocolate. It's NOT fruit cake. I don't like fruit cake myself, but this is completely different! It's perfect for breakfast and would make a great gift too!

Here's the one I made.

Here's the one Pavlina made for us last Christmas.
I ate it for breakfast the next morning and decided I had to have the recipe.
 
Jan 1, 2013 : Pavlina made her cake again this year.
This time I took a picture of the inside for you.


12-16 servings

Ingredients
3 eggs
1/2 cup white sugar
4 tablespoons milk
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
½ cup melted butter (cooled)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup chopped walnuts
zest of one lemon and one orange
1 cup chopped dried fruit and candied citrus peel
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350F.

Beat eggs with sugar on high speed until fluffy. Add milk, oil, melted butter and vanilla. Mix by hand.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, baking powder, zests, dried fruit and walnuts. Add to egg mixture and mix by hand until creamy.

Put the mixture into a buttered bundt pan.

Bake for 20-30 minutes then reduce the heat to 325F and bake another 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 1/2 hour before removing from pan.

Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for about 60 seconds. Stir and spread over the cake once it's cool. Decorate with sprinkles if desired.

Note: I used a combination of raisins, dried figs, dried apricots and candied orange peel. Cranberries would also be nice!

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