This is a bit of an unusual cake, but great for Christmas. The chocolate mixed with raisins, applesauce, and spices gives a nice texture with a lot less work than plum pudding itself.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
1 hr 20 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 9 inch tube cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place raisins in a small saucepan, and cover with boiling water. Soak for 5 minutes, then drain. Grease and flour a 9 inch tube pan.

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  • Sift together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in the eggs, then the applesauce. Beat in the flour mixture. Stir in raisins and walnuts. Spread batter evenly into prepared tube pan.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 80 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely; chill.

Nutrition Facts

351 calories; protein 5.1g 10% DV; carbohydrates 50g 16% DV; fat 16.6g 26% DV; cholesterol 77mg 26% DV; sodium 360.3mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (27)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2002
Super moist and super delicious. I would recommend this recipe to anyone. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/19/2010
Good with the brandy butter sauce but not sweet enough to eat for dessert by itself. Read More
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36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2002
Super moist and super delicious. I would recommend this recipe to anyone. Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2003
Wow!!!! This is an incredibly moist, wonderful, chocolate cake! The spices, chocolate, and raisins work beautifully together. Don't wait for Christmas! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2003
This consistently gets rave reviews, even from people who would turn their nose up at any kind of fruitcake. It has a great taste and a nice texture, without being tough. I've served it with Creme Anglaise, and I've also soaked it in liquor and brought it to the table aflame in Christmas pudding tradition! I usually use a mixture of golden and purple raisins, and I substitute pecans for the walnuts. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2004
Fabulous Cake! It was absolutely wonderful. The only thing I won't do next time is flour the pan - with the generous amount of non-stick cooking spray I used, it wasn't necessary. Definitely a place in my home. Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
12/18/2003
I made this for a New Year's dinner party - it looked pretty made in a bundt pan , unmolded and dusted with powdered sugar. I also made a raspberry sauce and whipped cream to serve with it. This dessert is not very sweet - something I like but may disappoint some. You could compensate by making the raspberry sauce and/or the whipped cream sweeter than you normally would. Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2004
This was suprisingly good. I baked this in an 11x7 snowflake cake pan. It took close to 1 1/2 hours to cook through. The cake is sticky to the touch so be careful when transferring to a cake pan. I served with on Christmas with Brandy Butter found on this site. Read More
(15)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2010
I was looking for a recipe here to use up some plums I had, I found this and thought it sounded very good except it didn't use plums! I wanted to try it anyway and so what I did was pureed the plums I had and used that instead of the applesauce. The other things I did different was I used 2/3 part white flour and 1/3 part whole wheat rather than 50/50, I did add 1 t. vanilla and baked it in a bundt pan, rather than flour the pan I sprayed it good then dusted it with a little sugar/cinnamon (about 2 t.) this gives it a nice little crust. It did not need to bake as long in the bundt pan so I kept a close eye on it. A very good moist cake that is a bit healthier than some. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2003
Delicious! I made this for a meeting and it was a hit! I will definitely make this again next Christmas. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2002
Did this for a Christmas party I had with my friends last year. A guy friend liked it so much he thought my boyfriend was one lucky guy to have a girlfriend that churns out such nice food! Added some liquor to the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/19/2010
Good with the brandy butter sauce but not sweet enough to eat for dessert by itself. Read More
(2)
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