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

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

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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